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CivicPod and CivicDongle Features
The CivicPod is typically used while firmly lodged at all times into its dedicated external smartphone case, even when detached from the smartphone, to increase form factor for easy interaction with its virtual keyboard and touch screen. Some may choose to carry it in a small case or a custom built wallet. Smartphones, in fact, are coming down to 6-7mm are therefore starting to be perceived as too thin for optimal ergonomics. Certain CivicPod internal hardware components may be aggregated towards one of the short sides, with the screen possibly not being functional in such area, in order to make sure thickness stays under 3mm.
CivicPod is enabled to support 2 (or more) personas, so that users may maintain a strict and ultra-secure separation between personal and organizational data. If the user is fired, for example, the organization can autonomously remove completely the organizational persona, while the user may choose to keep the CivicPod for personal use, provided he starts paying personally for the service. User may choose to pay cash for service and/or appear using a pseudonym instead of its real name. Colored led lights signal, among other things, encryption activation and recharging, providing aesthetically pleasing special effects for translucent phone cases.
CivicPod is protected from tampering by malicious users, including the use of state-of-the-art tamper resistant chips, processors and casing. The only physical ports available will be a micro-HDMI and a micro power connector. 3D facial recognition and/or voice print, or other technologies, will be explored to enhance user login security, centered on password or passphrase, albeit they may end up adding more attack surface than additional assurance given the complexity of the systems typically involved.
Although optional, CivicDongles will be underpriced to ensure at least many hundreds ofCivicDongleout there to provide essential onion routing functionality.
Through their CivicPod users can, in ultra-private, ultra-secure and ultra-authenticated way:
- Exchange synchronous (“SMS/chat”) and asynchronous (“email”) text messaging, with otherCivicPod users
- Initiate and receive Voip and analog ultra-private voice calls, with other CivicPod users.
- Compose, save, archive and attach rich text documents.
- Support for multi-personas
- Remote control a CivicDongle (and other compatible TV-connected devices)
- (optional) Securely store passwords, including Web browser logins.
- (optional) Social features: multi-user communication spaces will enable collective discussions, data/status sharing, off-the-record and pseudonymous discussions, and more.
- (optional) Backup of selected CivicPod info, documents and logs in the CivicRoom, and in its zero-knowledge encrypted off-site backups selected
- Generate time-synchronized one-time passwords (for use in bank deployment)
- Exchange of emails and Text/SMS to any address non-CivicPod addresses, which will be relayed back and forth by the CivicRoom. UI will signal clearly if user is in secure or insecure mode.
- Interact with (almost) any Web page, although in a very-basic mostly-text format, dynamically-transformed for security and readability via the CivicRoom and/or Tor hidden services.
CivicPod and CivicDongle User Experience
Follows a description of the typical user experience of the CivicPod user, in different locations and with the use of dedicated and non-dedicated user’s peripherals. All dedicated peripherals may be optional:
ANYWHERE, the CivicPod is used for ultra-private voice and text with other CivicPods, as well as simplified Web navigation, using the user’s smartphone as a mere “hostile” communication channel accessed via Bluetooth or a BT-enabled app on such smartphone, that just routes encrypted data to the CivicRoom.
User interacts through touch screen, virtual keyboard and any [or dedicated encrypted] bluetooth earpiece. The earpiece use is protected from the possible user’s smartphone eavesdropping through an (optional) special sound-proof case, distance and/or sound isolating actions by the user. Overall audio user experience would be similar to Rhode Schwartz Top Sec, although encryption happens in the CivicPod rather than in the earpiece.
Connection between the CivicPod and peripherals will be wireless [encrypted bluetooth or dedicated encrypted wireless] so as to keep all such devices free of physical ports (except for a micro-HDMI or mini-VGA port, and the power connector on the CivicPod) and therefore increase anti-tampering, as well as increase usability and coolness.
AT THE DESKTOP, the CivicPod is used for the same functionalities as “on the move”, but while lodged in its (optional) custom dedicated CivicPod Dock docking station with built-in (very high-security) HDMI [and/or VGA] switch – and connected via dedicated wireless encrypted connection to a thin keyboard with mouse pad, (optional) CivicPod KeyboardPad – to interact more comfortably with long-form Web and rich text content for writing, reading and communications.
It enables its user to toggle with a switch between its ordinary (unsecured) PC and the CivicPod/UVST work space, so that he can use the same desktop monitor. The docking station has two power connectors so that it can charge both the CivicPod and the user’s smartphone at the same time. It would enable the user to have a ultra-secure work environment while at his home desktop, and/or a ultra-private personal environment while at his work desktop. It therefore enables the dual persona user experience, typical of advanced business mobile solutions, to be also experienced while at the desktop. Additional client/server applications may be available for different client-type deployments (such as ultra-private e-banking and one-time password generator, password manager, resilient backup).
AT THE SOFA OR BED, the CivicPod can be used as on the move, (although mostly attached to the external smartphone case but detached from the smartphone) to enable its use as an highly-innovative, ergonomic and immersive “magic” touch-based control of the (optional) CivicDongle contents on the TV screen.
Screen size and minimum font-size of mobile Web content relayed on the TV can be adjusted by the user (depending on TV size, distance to sofa and eyesight). The CivicPod screen is off while interfaced with the (optional but incentivized) CivicDongle, so as to reduce heat generation and battery consumption. CivicPod may be placed face-up on a sofa arm to enable 1-hand interaction.
How does the CivicPod remote-controls the CivicDongle?
Through refractive lenses of its built-in dual low-res front-facing cameras, 3d finger movements above the CivicPod screen are tracked. Movements are visible on the TV screen as halos of varying size, as finger position information appear as a semi- transparent video-overlay stream on the TV screen that decrease in opacity and size as the fingers gets closer to the CivicPod screen. Touch events are also relayed to the CivicDongle to trigger touch events on the CivicDongle UI, and therefore on the TV screen. Therefore, overall the user gets the experience of “touch controlling” their TV from the comfort of the Sofa, but while looking at all times to the TV screen instead of the Civic Pod screen. Screen size and minimum font-size of mobile Web content relayed on the TV can be adjusted by the user (depending on TV size, distance to sofa and eyesight). The CivicPod screen is off while interfaced with the CivicDongle, so as to reduce heat generation and battery consumption. CivicPod may be placed face-up on a sofa arm to enable 1-hand interaction.
The user will be able to: (1). Flip and watch free-to-air digital TV channels; (2). View EPG with recording option; (3). interact with any Web page/app or mobile Andorid app in its original unmodified mobile format; (4). Navigate and rearrange favorite Web pages, Web apps and video podcasts in the form of icons; (5). View and interact on-TV with the ultra-private CivicPod screen content [and possibly play selected ultra-secure video format, DRMed or not].
An optional TV-frame docking station for the CivicPod enables interaction with dedicated Kinect-like gaming or interactive Web applications on the CivicDongle (without privacy fears) or compatible application on the user’s smartphone, as well as TV remote control (thumb up for raising volume, swipe hand to previous channel, etc.).
Following possible agreements with broadcaster, content rights owners and telco – before or during the R&D phase – direct support in the CivicDongle of HbbTv, Italian MHP and TivuOn Standard, in addition to Global iTV (new global standard with plans for backward compatibility including those 2 standards).
Wide-market consumer deployment
In a global market where all communications, business and personal, and entertainment media platforms rapidly converge into a few leading mobile Internet platforms, which in turn are gradually overtaking broadcasters as gatekeepers of the TV, and where after NSA surveillance disclosures ultra- high personal and business communications privacy services are in high demand – UVST aims to substantially exceed, in a 2-2.5mm-thin handheld device interfaceable or integrated with leading mobile platforms, both the security and privacy provided by best-of-breed cryptophones and mobile dual-persona device as well as the quality of user experience and the choice offered by media services like ChromeCast, Apple AirPlay/AppleTV and Samsung Media Hub.
CivicReader & Civic LapCase
In addition (or in alternative) to the Civic KeyboardPad, users may also purchase a dedicated CivicReader (later stage) where the CivicPod can be inserted and operated on a larger touch-screen. It would include a good-battery so that it would recharge the CivicPod, while it is lodged inside of it. It will have a touch-enabled backlit EPD or e-ink&LCD screen. It can be used as a large-sized touch-enabled e-reader for non-private content, for long-form reading (and simple writing) of any Web accessible personal or public resources, such as bookmarking, archiving, news or email services (Evernote, Pocket, Gmail, and most any Web page). Contents would be transformed (XSLT) through the CivicRoom for compliance with the secure browser and for best readability.
Owners of both Civic KeyboardPad and Civic Reader may purchase a dedicated laptop-sized case, theCivicPod LapCase (later stage), enables CivicPod users to interact with its contents both in a e-reader[/tablet] mode, as well as a laptop mode (similar UX to to Asus PadFone, Asus Transformer or to a number of solutions that turn an iPad into a laptop).