It is a good idea, Cabe. It's especially good given the mammoth shift to mobile devices. The mobile device wouldn't need huge processing capabilities. It would just need to be a terminal like the old days when the terminal accessed mainframes.
I hate to be that guy who says, "I came up with that idea years ago." But, I did, about 10 years ago. I was planning on developing the idea or concept for my master's degree. However, I have put the concept on the back burner for a while now. Aside from my initial designs and work on a cloudOS, I have not found anyone else working on the idea. I wouldn't be surprised if it will happen in the near future by countless people.
It is an extension of the remote terminal concept. So, it doesn't take a genius to give it a shot again.
I wouldn't even be mad if I see someone come out with it, before I return to the concept myself. Progress is more important than accolades.
Do you see the irony of the 30 year technology cycle-? In 1980, massive room-sized computer "Main-Frames" functioned as the CPU (central processing, literally). If you had a "Computer" you really had only a "Computer-Terminal". I did have one in my dorm room and it was really just a dumb terminal connected via a modem. No problem in guaranteeing that you were always running the latest of everything. No OS to load. No Apps to load. Oddly similar to today's cutting edge practices of Cloud Computing. Ironically funny, isn't it-?
Now let's move the OS to the cloud as well. TransOS from the University of Beijing has shown that it is possible. If the bandwidth is there, computing/graphical power will be constantly upgraded, staying current will be a thought of the past. Like Upverter, everything in one spot.
You can't beat free for a good deal on this cloud software. Even the private versions are quite inexpensive. The collaborative aspects are good as well. The cloud approach to software continues to offer good deals.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.