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QUESTION: Dear Royden

The Smartphone / Cell Phone Device instead of one will have two display units for viewing simultaneously . Both or One display window can be activated / deactivated with push buttons on the device. The Second rectangle has a door which can be closed and opened on the main display and is overlapped.

The touchscreen / keypad model will be shared with both the display units. i.e. common keys, push buttons.

As a example,

On default first window a Game is played, while on the second window, user is checking his mail box.

Do you feel, if this design (Smartphone and Cell Phone) is constructed, can this be useful to the consumer ?.

If not, can you suggest some design changes which may be liked by the consumers ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Prashant:

You really need to have a market person to see if there is a demand for this capability.  A capability without demand wont have a commercial value.  I am sorry but I tend to work off of customer focus groups to determine which features to work on; otherwise it is mere guess work.

I would suggest even getting a small group together and see what features they would like and the rate the value to cost of development to see if it is commercially viable to invest in the work.


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QUESTION: Dear Royden

Thank you.

Do you feel a triple display unit can also be manufactured ?.

Added one more display window on the left to make it a triple display unit. The Left , Main/Middle and Right window. All three windows can be activated / deactivated with push buttons. The Left and Right window will be overlapped on Main / Middle Window when closed.

Power switches for left and right window activation / deactivation provided on the main/middle window.

The smartphone, cellphone device will be folded when the consumer is travelling.

The touchscreen / keypad model will be shared with all the three display units. i.e. common keys, push buttons.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

There is no technical reason why this would not work. Inventive but the fragility of the hinge is your main concern.  The only reason for a folding screen would be save transport real estate, any one with a large format screen would rather use that than a small one regardless. It is the prime reason many mobile phones have gone to 7"and 10 inch tables now have phone capabilities in them.

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Royden Akerley


Any architectural question relating to the business change, requirements, and solution design activities as a part of the business/IT development process. I can discuss SOA, and traditional development, design patterns, architectural paradigms, and professional accreditation (or associations).


1974 began as a system operator in SHL Atlantic. 1978 worked as developer and data base anlyst. 1986 became a software designer. 1989 became an enterprise level Technical Director and Architect for Blue Chip company. Ardent adherent to the ISO and CMM standards for process standardization and improvement since 1988 Concentrated on the design or re-engineering of large complex applications since 1989 (majority of projects were over $10M USD and 2 were over $100M USD) High-performance strategist focusing on optimizing efficiency and creating competitive advantage Respected professional, repeatedly recruited to build start-up IT infrastructures that bolster profitable growth, manage quality development/delivery activities, turnaround poorly performing programs, and architect solutions to maximize ROI. Thought leader and industry recognized expert in Service Oriented Architect, lecturing and consulting to industry and government globally. Contributes regularly and participates as speaker in 2-3 conferences a year around the globe. Led the architecture and integration of hardware, firmware and software relating to large-scale intranets and data inter/exchange using everything from EDI through FTP to XML for financial institutions, telecommunications firms and governments Exceptional communicator, who combines solid business and technical acumen while building consensus and creates synergy among diverse groups. Experience with Banking, Logistics, Telecommunications, Government Currently one of 5 Enterprise Architects for the worlds largest logistics and express company.

International Association of System Architects | Canadian Information Processing Society | World Wide Institute of Software Architects | Open group - Architecture Forum | Data Processing Management Association | International Programmers Guild

B Comm - Major: Data Processing Management, Minor: Accounting | Certificate - Scientific Computer Programming | M Sc - Information Science | DCS - Thesis - "Business Alignment, Change and IT Requirements Management"

Awards and Honors
CIPPA Award (1992, 2005) SIAAA Award (2008)

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