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1. WO2016032917 - PHONEPAD

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CLAIMS

1. A method performed by a general purpose mobile computing device having a first level of input or output capability, the method comprising:

detecting a componentized device having a second level of input or output capability that is greater than the first level of input or output capability;

establishing a communication link with the componentized device;

receiving inputs from the componentized device, and

providing outputs to the componentized device.

2. The method of claim 1, where the general purpose mobile computing device is a cellular telephone and the componentized device is a tablet device.

3. The method of claim 1, where the componentized device has a second greater level of input and output capability.

4. The method of claim 1, comprising controlling the componentized device to provide inputs to the general purpose mobile computing device only and controlling the componentized device to accept outputs from the general purpose mobile computing device only.

5. The method of claim 1, where the inputs are associated with a touch event or a hover event.

6. The method of claim 1, where the outputs are display outputs, tactile outputs, audio outputs, thermal outputs, or olfactory outputs.

7. The method of claim 1, comprising:

establishing a communication link with two or more componentized devices having second levels of input or output capability that are different than the first level of input or output capability;

receiving inputs from the two or more componentized devices, and

providing outputs to the two or more componentized devices.

8. The method of claim 7, comprising:

providing the inputs from the two or more componentized devices to a multi-user application running on the general purpose mobile computing device, and

providing different outputs from the multi-user application running on the general purpose mobile computing device to different members of the two or more componentized devices.

9. The method of claim 1, comprising controlling the componentized device to selectively power down a circuit or process not associated with providing the input or output capability.

10. An apparatus, comprising:

a processor;

a memory;

a cellular telephony circuit;

a set of logics that facilitate using an input capability or output capability provided by a separate apparatus, and

a physical interface to connect the processor, the memory, the cellular telephony circuit and the set of logics,

the set of logics comprising:

a first logic that detects a second apparatus that has an input capability superior to the apparatus or that has an output capability superior to the apparatus; a second logic that controls the second apparatus to provide input data or control to the apparatus and that receives the input data or control from the second apparatus; and

a third logic that provides outputs to the second apparatus and controls the second apparatus to present the outputs.

11. The apparatus of claim 10, where the outputs are based, at least in part, on the input data or control.

12. The apparatus of claim 10, comprising a fourth logic that selects the second apparatus from two or more available apparatus based, at least in part, on an input capability associated with an application running on the apparatus or on an output capability associated with an application running on the apparatus.

13. The apparatus of claim 10, where the first logic selects a first second apparatus for input and selects a second second apparatus for output.

14. The apparatus of claim 10, where the first logic controls the second apparatus to reduce power to a circuit or process not needed to provide the input capability or the output capability.

15. The apparatus of claim 10, where the first logic detects two or more second apparatus that may participate in a multi-user experience provided by the apparatus, and where the second logic controls members of the two or more second apparatus to provide user-specific inputs associated with the multi-user experience and where the third logic provides user- specific outputs to different members of the two or more second apparatus.