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I have a ridiculous idea and I need someone to convince me not to try it:
- wireless keyboards and mice exist
- wireless HDMI extender things exist
- what if laptop, but there aren't any actual computer bits inside, it's just a set of remote peripherals for a desktop in the shape of a laptop

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@emily so, are you like mounting all the parts into a briefcase or is it more like you have a bag full of wireless components and you can unpack it anywhere?

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@oldbooksmell more like the shape of a standard laptop, but replace the internals with wireless bits

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@emily I don’t understand why that’s desirable? Is it possible it like remove the bits and have them keep working? It would be cool to be able to remove the keyboard from my laptop when it’s possible to have a more ergonomic environment for example

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@oldbooksmell my reasoning is entirely "I kind of want to switch back to laptops for the convenience, but all laptops are terrible and I have a perfectly good desktop right here". Like... thin clients, but even more so?

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@emily oh wait I get it, you want to have the keyboard and screen in the laptop case but be using the desktop. I had a friend who had a very similar idea. I think it’s got legs if you like the whole laptop form factor (personally I do not)

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@oldbooksmell ah, yep, you're doing the opposite (taking a laptop and making it a stationary machine). I would like to take a desktop and make it portable.

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@emily yeah, desktopping a laptop is a much more common choice than laptopping a desktop I think. I wish you luck in this endeavor! It’s a neat idea

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@emily it’s just good to see trans women topping

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@oldbooksmell This is, of course, a comically niche device (people like me who would use the portability of a laptop entirely within their house), but for that use case, I think it might actually be the optimal way for laptops to work. They tend to be compromised designs because the more computing power you stuff into a thing the more heat + battery usage you have as a result.

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@emily I feel like this is a computer you carry around in a shopping bag and assemble when and where as needed. Or at least that’s how it would wind up in my hands.

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@emily I very like the thing you want to accomplish.
driving such a customized keyboard and screen with that type of interface will become bulky (aka not fit in the existing space even, even wit battery) .
keeping the laptop's mainboard and using it's CPU + wifi for some remote protocol will probably not be stylish, but effective.

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@adorfer eh, keyboards are trivial, displays are a bit harder. But yeah, that would be the *boring* way to do it. Are there remote desktop protocols that don't suck these days?

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@emily This means multiplied batteries, and mulitplied processor (at least one microcontroller SoC in the laptop to communicate with peripherals and distrant computer), and add more points of failure to use it (need that both microcontroller and peripheral of both the laptop and remote computer work, and there isn't too much signal noise at the same time.
But today microcontrollers are thousands time more powerful than workstation microprocessors from 20~30 years ago.

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@emily I've often thought it ridiculous that, when confronted with a headless server, I couldn't just plug in my laptop as a KVM.

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@emily so, like the laptop-esque docking stations that were hyped up for smartphones circa 2015, but wireless. Hmmm. How good is wireless HDMI anyway? Perhaps at least have enough compute on board with wifi to VNC when out of your rf range. Best of both worlds. Zero lag local connections and then laggy af connectivity over wifi when you can't reach.

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I'm pretty sure I've seen ads for a device like this, probably from back before real laptops got so cheap and good. The target market was people in datacenters who needed a portable k+v+m for using the console of a machine that had gone offline.

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@emily

(Oh, minus the wireless stuff, of course. )

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