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Nanoport: A Magnetic Technology That Can Change Smartphones Into A Tablet

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In the tech world, like physics, there seems to be a quest for unification. One, ultimate, idea that encompasses all other ideas. This hunt manifests itself in the constant debate about the size of smart devices. Whether consumers would be happy with something the size of a phablet and only own one device or would people rather have something that fits better in the hand and also own a tablet?  (This generalization assumes that many would not see the utility in owning both a phablet and a tablet.)

Nano Magnetics Ltd has now begun working on the development of a device that straddles the middle-ground of this discussion.  It’s introducing the concept of possessing multiple small devices that can turn into a larger, connected device.

Nano Magnetics is the company that is famous for its electroplated Nanodots, which are usually the size of balls from ball bearings, and people are able to construct whatever they see fit as if they were playing with magnetic Legos.

How it works is that a user can have one smartphone then, using Nanoport magnets and technology, can connect this first device to another and another and so on. Once the Nanoport magnets are activated, the devices will instantly and seamlessly share data among each other.  So if you wanted a tablet-sized screen, you can connect multiple Nanoport enabled devices.

A Nanoport example device debuted at last January’s CES 2014, but what was shown was more of a demonstration of the hardware aspect, specifically how the magnets stood up to the stress of usage.  Today, as we inch closer to CES 2015 this January, Slashgear has reported that Nano Magnetics will demo a fully functioning Nanoport device.

What we are left in the dark on is how exactly are we to turn pre-existing smartphones into Nanoport “blocks”.  Will we be able to DIY upgrade our current phones? Can we only obtain this function by purchasing devices that come with Nanoport technology?  And how annoying will it be to watch a movie that has gaps in the screen from where one smartphone’s display ends and the other begins?

To maybe answer that last question, I give you a YouTube video uploaded by Nano Magnetics:

Source: Slashgear


About the Author: Joseph Proffer

In 2011, Joseph bought his first smartphone: Sprint's variant of the Samsung Galaxy SII, the Epic 4G Touch. And the rest, as they say, is history. Joseph has been an occasional journalist since his college years at the University of Oklahoma, where he was an opinion columnist for the OU Daily. His main interests have always been science and technology, especially gadgets. He lives in Indiana with his border collie, plotting world domination.


  • http://www.google.com/+JosephProffer theProffer

    I’m going with the idea that this is going to be a more novelty thing that will quickly be obsolete if Samsung really hits the ground running with its bendable displays…

  • BORDRIDR

    I think this technology goes way beyond phones. Seamlessly connecting devices and expanding the modular marketplace. It offers connectivity without the cables. I think Nanoport could replace many connectors – USB, HDMI, etc.