and the phone merely works as the CPU and storage space
Exactly. Smartphones now have all the processing many people need, why not use it?
"productivity stations" for smartphones seem like a long way in the future to me
That's why the HDMI out was interesting to me. Nearly every hotel room I've been in recently has a HD TV. Many cars and SUVS now have TVs built in. So there are your productivity stations.
Or use a pair of the aforementioned glasses, or a projector, or whatever comes next.
Personally I think I'd throw a thin, travel-centric, screen with a protective cover in my bag.
The more I think about Kinect [xbox.com
] the more I think that a keyboard or other input device may not be necessary.
If all you need, now, to accurately capture motion and body position is a camera... Smartphones have already got those, newer ones have two. Making any flat surface potentially both a keyboard and a touch/point interface.
That part of it isn't going to happen right away, most likely, but someone mentioned laser projection keyboards earlier. I've never tried one of those but I have seen flat rubbery keyboards that can roll/fold up and take up a tiny amount of space.
And as I was saying voice recognition is getting really good. Not quite good enough for coding at a reasonable pace, but at the speed it's improving it won't be long.