The Carry Small Live Large plan is one of the company's "four or five big bets" for upcoming technology trends, with engineers working on new methods to use the
"Devices come near a lot of other electronic devices...they don't talk to one another, don't interact that much. (Mobile phones') very limited capability isn't really a good match for what people want to do," said Kevin Kahn, director of Intel's Communications Technology Lab.
According to Kahn, speaking Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum here, mobiles should be taking advantage of the devices around them: for example, detecting whenever a more appropriate display is in range, from a projector to the screen in the back of an aircraft seat.
Engineers at Intel's research labs are experimenting with different methods of enabling communication between displays and mobiles, including remote graphics rendering and frame buffer compression. "They're complementary approaches," Kahn added.
Researchers are also looking at the architectural challenges of multiradio devices--phones that can connect to GPS, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, WiMax, Bluetooth, UWB, and any number of other wireless standards--with a view to ultimately combining all the radio components into one single element to cut
However, for this to be commercially viable, it will necessitate 32-nanometer architectures, which Intel says will enter production in 2009.
The Carry Small Live Large plan is also looking at ways to utilize the data generated by the range of sensors included within mobile devices. According to Kahn, one of the oldest mobile sensors--the camera--has some of the greatest potential.
"That sensor could take a look at a bar code and give you information on the product--it could be connected to a database that you're looking at as a tourist", Kahn said. For example, it could allow the user to take a picture of a building in a foreign city and, using location information from the phone's GPS combined with the image taken by the camera phone, find the building on a database and then deliver data on it back to the user's phone.
Intel is not alone in believing the camera phone could be exploited further for search. Nokia's labs have already created a prototype search tool that resembles Intel's vision, which
Jo Best of ZDNet Australia traveled to Shanghai as a guest of Intel.