I’d love to surf the web and code from my couch, but I don’t want to pay for an expensive wireless laptop comparable to my desktop PC or maintain two parallel sets of data and applications. So here’s an idea: dumb terminal laptops that act as wireless clients to a central desktop server.
The laptop could be completely barebones, requiring only a mouse, keyboard, display and a wireless connection. All applications and processing would be run on the server, similar to Windows Terminal Services or VNC. Without the need for a powerful CPU, hard drive or unnecessary peripherals, a simple laptop appliance could be marketed for $300 (or less). Or cheaper, if you rig your own setup using an old laptop. Does anyone know if an off-the-shelf product like this is already available?
Update: As mentioned in the comments, Microsoft’s Smart Display does exactly that. Here’s a new review from the NYT.