Not yet, but I think these folks are on to something big…
The mechanism would be different, but I would wager that Google is quietly working on technology that would give the same experience through different technical means.
Here’s how I would like to see this work. I want to carry a token, be it a Smartcard or SecureId, or something of the like… Anywhere I go, I want to be able to sit down at a PC appliance, and my workspace comes to life. Documents, web windows, email, messenger, all come to life.
Maybe I could even have a couple of tokens. One for my work profile, another for consulting work, another for personal stuff. Each one would open up a workspace on the appliance I’m sitting at.
For this to take off, I see a few key features that must be met:
– It has to be fast. I’d use the time it takes a PC to hibernate/un-hibernate as the max. If you could bring it on-par with suspend-resume times, you’d be there.
– It has to be ubiquitous. Really… I have to know that wherever I might have a whim to hook up, I’ll be able to.
– It has to be secure. I don’t want some teenage hacker to hop on the appliance after me and be able to find my files.
– Software licensing must fit the model. I wouldn’t mind having all of my applications tied to a SecureID, but there’s a lot of resistance to this type of thing.
This could be the “Next Big Thing”, or maybe even the “Killer App”…