J5Create Ultra station
J5create had an interesting laptop docking station in display called the Ultra station or JUD500. It looks like a flute but packs an impressive array of connectors (USB 3.0 host, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, speaker and microphone inputs, Ethernet port, USB 2.0 and an intriguing Wormhole switch).
A wormhole is usually described as a shortcut through spacetime. For J5create, it is a bridge between two devices running Mac, iOS or PC and with USB 3.0 ports. It doubles as KVM (allowing keyboard and mouse sharing), clipboard copy and paste, native file drag and drop across screens and even allowing keyboard input for iPad (and presumably your iPhone).
J5Create Wormhole Display
A simpler version of the above exists as the JUC700 which looks like two USB flash drives connected with a cable. It can be used to transfer data, mirroring one computer onto another and extending one laptop display onto another. You should be able to get more than one of those Wormhole devices working on one computer which means that you should be able to control more than one “slave device”. The only real limitation is the number of USB ports on your computer and the applications you want to run on them. A wireless Wi-Fi version is also available.
Remember the Samsung Sidesync feature, one which allows you to bring your Android-based Galaxy device to your Windows laptop? Well, a Taiwanese company called DCM has found a way of bringing that to almost any recent Windows computers and any Android devices, making it a universal solution rather than a closed one. The device is known as the U2KM-10PMA and is presented as a smart KM link cable. You can use it to bring your Android phone or tablet to your computer. It means being able to charge the device while dragging and dropping content across screens, using your keyboard and mouse (e.g. send texts and more), getting desktop notifications for incoming phone calls and texts and even playing Android games on your PC. Best of all, you don’t need any installation driver since it is natively PnP.
iPhone Docking projector that runs on …. Android
We have rarely seen such an intricate product, one whose description wouldn’t fit in 140 characters. The FP-340 is a projector docking station for an Apple iPhone 5 that contains a computer that runs a dual-core system-on-chip (clocked at 1.5GHz) and is powered by … Android OS. The projector is DLP-based, has a 50 lumens brightness and has a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (so don’t expect it to light up a room). Manufacturer UTG claims that the LED that powers it has a lifetime of 20,000 hours and that you it will produce displays of up to 90in. What’s more, there’s a microSD card slot, a 1,800mAh battery that can charge the iPhone connected to it (or offer two hours of projection), a mini USB port and Wi-Fi. Perfect for those dark-room presentations with last-minute decks.
An intriguing Asus Padfone clone
Remember the Padfone, a 3-in-1 device that could morph from a smartphone, to a tablet and to an ultraportable computer? Well, Taiwanese manufacturer Migoal showcased the TransMaker Coreless tablet hybrid at IFA, one that aims to do achieve that sort of polymorphism with two popular handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. A spokesperson for the company told us that the plan is to get TransMaker tablets with bigger screens (13in or 14in) and, ultimately, have a universal model. Currently, two models are available, a 10.1in one and an 11.3in model. The 10.1in model, known as the TR10, has a Super IPS display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, a 5,000mAh battery, a microUSB port while the dock that attaches to it has a USB 2.0 port and a 4,000mAh battery. The 11.6in model is essentially a bigger version of the TR10. The best bit is the price though with the docking station and the tablet costing a mere $220.