The singular goal of DeviceVM and the Splashtop technology is to get you to whatever you're looking for, quickly and efficiently. We're the inventors of this space and continually think of ways to innovate. Sometimes we innovate by solving large technical problems like getting your machine up and functional in a matter of seconds. Other times, we observe how people are using technology and attempt to make interface changes that improve the experience of using Splashtop.
PC makers send us their new models early in the design process, so we can fully optimize Splashtop before these new computers show up at your local Best Buy.
Sometimes, Splashtop Labs receive a PC even before its physical casing has been designed. We figured out that a pizza box makes a good temporary replacement - you can tape the screen, the WiFi antenna, and the web cam to the lid of the box, as you can see in the photo.
People often ask us why it is that they can only get Splashtop as pre-installed software on new PCs, but cannot download it onto their old computer. While some of this has to do with business issues, I want to cover the technical side.
Much of our engineering is dedicated to making Splashtop start up in seconds. After all, this is what people love about Splashtop. It turns out that to do a good job at starting up, you need to do many optimizations for the particular hardware that you run on. Here is an example:
As part of our ongoing series of posts about how to use Splashtop to its full advantage, I wanted to tell you about Mahalo. Mahalo is a "human-powered search engine" that competes with traditional algorithm based search engines like Google and Yahoo!. The theory behind Mahalo (as I understand it) is that while Google may return lots of relevant keyword results, it is also cluttered with advertisements and spam.
Splashtop doesn't have much in the way of storage space for files and media in the current version shipping on Asus Motherboards. That's not to say, it won't in the future! But right now you can't access much unless it's online. I tend to look at this as a case of the glass being half-full given the plethora of online productivity tools on the market today. If you haven't given one a shot yet, whether you're a Splashtop user or not, I highly suggest trying to create you next document in one of the two productivity tools I'm going to review over the next couple days.
We weren't supposed to launch until Wednesday but a bunch of articles have already started to surface about Splashtop. We are a bit overwhelmed by the attention and excited that readers of popular publications such as Engadget and BoingBoing are interested in our Instant Desktop environment. We are trying to track both the enthusiasm and the suggestions in order to create a better product.