Our search for the Nirvana Device has led me to Las Vegas and CTIA 2008. Citrix has been working with a number of partners around the concept of the Nirvana Device, and a lot of them are here this week. The plan is to try and get as many demo devices that I can and report my findings in my blog as related to their use from my hotel room at the show. So let’s start off with my current baseline config of my remote office in my hotel room in Vegas.
Device: OQO, maker of the Model 2 UMPC (www.oqo.com), and a Citrix Alliance partner. You may have seen them at iForum or Citrix Summit over the last year.
I’ve actually been using OQO Model 2 as my primary device over a year now, and UMPCs such as the Model 2 used with Citrix App Delivery work great. In the FTL office, I dock the Model 2 and the doc has 2 VGA outputs, so I run a dual monitor setup and drive a 21″ and 19″ monitor from my desk. I also have a doc at home connected to my home office monitor via a KVM switch. So when working from home, I simply KVM from my home PC and use the same device that I use from work. At the CTIA show, I’m docked and connected to the Philips flatscreen TV in my hotel room. Of course, the form factor of the Model 2 is also great when attending meetings at the office, or working from home on the couch (note: I’m over 40 and have no problem seeing text on the OQO’s native screen, but some will have issues clearly seeing text on a device this small, reading glasses may be required by some J). The Model 2 I have has built in EVDO Rev A from Verizon, which works great when on the road or at home (using it from my hotel room as I type this entry). I can see this type of devices being used by others like myself that just prefer a small form factor UMPC, as well as some good tactical usages with Citrix customers, where a standard sized laptop is just to big. Some pics of the baseline remote office setup below:
As you can see, several of the Nirvana Device concepts that Chris Fleck mentioned in his original post (Original Nirvana Device Post) are already in play. Being the Model 2 is a UMPC and not a smart phone, I’m cheating a little, but:
- I am docked and using the hotel’s flat screen TV as a larger monitor
- I am using an external Bluetooth mouse and keyboard
- I am using a WWAN connection for my network
- I am using Citrix App Delivery to do my work
While I don’t plan on giving up my OQO any time soon, I am going to see what I can find at the show that I could use in the same basic configuration that I’m using the OQO in.
Off to my 2nd meeting of the day, and hopefully will return tonight with some more Nirvana Device candidates to try out.