I suspect Shuttleworth's vision is reasonable. After all, today's smartphones already have more powerful processors and more memory than what most of us were using on our desktops only ten years ago. As technology continues to advance over the next few years, the available power will only increase. I would love to have immediate access to all my files and applications at any time. Assuming this system works as predicted, I probably wouldn't use a desktop or even a laptop computer. Instead, I would simply use all of my present add-on peripherals for a desktop computer (screen, keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, external disk drives, flash drives, and more) and connect them to the docking station. Of course, backups would continue to be made in the same manner as today, either to local disk drives or to space "in the cloud" or both.
Canonical does not yet have the funding required to design the handheld device and to start manufacturing it. Shuttleworth is seeking $32-million from crowd sourcing via Indiegogo over the next 30 days to finance a limited production run of 40,000 phones. Does that sound crazy? Well, he raised pledges of more than $3-million in the first 24 hours. Funding reached $1 million in under five hours, and $2 million not long after that. $32 million now seems to be within reach.
I suspect there is demand for a powerful, single computer that can be used anywhere.
You can read more about the proposed Ubuntu Edge on Indiegogo, the fund-raising site, at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge.