Cloud streaming and hardware as a service

What if you could login and access your files from any computer – watches, glasses, car windscreens, phones, laptops, tablets, desktops. What if all your files were in the cloud? What if all our computers did was send our touches, swipes, pinches and clicks to the cloud in order to receive a audio visual feed back? What if all of the processing of files actually happened in the cloud? What if you could upgrade and downgrade your computer’s specs with a drag of a slider, or a touch of a button, on any given day? What if you paid for data storage and your computer-in-the-cloud on a monthly basis? What if the internet was free and lighting fast? What if the same people who owned the hardware companies and the computer-in-cloud services also owned the internet companies? What if they gave people free devices to access their files if they used their services?

The software industry is heading this way – look at Adobe for example. You now pay for Adobe CC on a monthly or annual basis and get free upgrades. It’s the same with online services – your data sits on their servers, or connects to your data through a bunch of APIs, and you pay for it on a monthly basis depending on how much you want or how much you use.

This could mean less hardware waste; better maintenance; better security; less versions of the same files; automated backups; automated versioning; not having to worry about disk space, computer speed, upgrading, or selling your computers. I bet it could mean a bunch of other things too.

This is already happening in some cases. It’s happening with video calling and gaming – proof that HD video can be sent online and dictated by user interaction. There are cloud sync services that let people store their photos, music, videos and documents online. And you can also edit videos, photos and music online. You can even rent a virtual Mac using MacinCloud. It’s all coming together. I want to use the same idea for all of my files – PSD files, motion graphics, websites, illustrations. And I don’t want all my devices to be in sync – I want them all to access and work with my data where it’s at – in the cloud. My computer in my hand will just be the interface for doing so – not the processor, the storer.

This concept is called cloud streaming and is apparently quite an old term. And perhaps by the time it becomes a reality for the general public there will only be 1 operating system that displays differently based on screen size, context and accessories, like keyboards and mice. This way all of your files, not just the stuff that is in sync, with all of their versions, would be accessible to you all the time – just like the rest of the internet. Wherever. Whenever.

Let me know what you think of one of my versions of the future.