Modular Pockit computer is more than meets the eye

“Modular” and “Computer” have historically been at opposite ends of a rather clunky spectrum. You could argue that a hobbyist PC is modular, but only up to a point. Reconfiguring on-the-fly is not easily possible. Modular laptops are slowly taking off, but what about handheld devices, where our needs can change regularly?

Enter the Pockit: a fully modular IoT/edge computing device that can be instantly reconfigured without reprogramming. Do not scroll away from this page without watching the demonstration video below the break. It is arguably the “mother of all demos” for the current decade.

A modular base provides basic computing power in the form of a Raspberry Pi, like many other projects. The base has twelve magnetic connectors, each with twenty I/O and power pins. When a module is added, the operating system detects the new module and immediately loads a suitable program. When more modules are loaded, it automatically configures itself so that all modules have a purpose. This allows the Pockit to be an integrated IoT device, an edge computing powerhouse, a desktop computer, a Blackberry-like handheld or touchscreen tablet, and much more.

For example, adding a camera will show an image on a screen – if there is a screen. If a button is added, a photo will be taken automatically when the button is pressed. If you want the camera to be triggered by motion, just add a motion sensor. Done. External devices can be controlled with relays and home automation integrates almost seamlessly.

There are a lot of features we’re covering up to get to the point: go watch the video and when you’re done, you might be as surprised as we were. We’ve expressed our love for modular hardware like the Pockit in the past, and after watching this demo, we can only hope that’s what the future of computers and electronics looks like!

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