Here’s another shortlisted entry into designboom’s 2011 Fujitsu Design Award. It was created by the Korean designer Dae Hoon Jung, and it’s called the Split. It splits up, in an analogue way to the Bento Book concept, offering mobile computing among a host of gadgets. Unlike the Bento, all modular elements are part of the computer, and they can be controlled remotely via the tablet or the smartphone.
The designer thinks that the overall weight and size of laptops make it problematic when you’re out and about town. Split is a networked device, with different components, which will work as one when needed. The trackpad function is taken care by the smartphone, probably thanks to an app. The keyboard can be used with the screen so that it becomes a laptop, or users can simply use the tablet.