Norwegian company FXI may have taken the miniaturisation race to the next level, creating a fully functioning prototype of a dual core, HDMI compatible computer running on a USB stick
Norwegian company FXI may have taken the miniaturisation race to the next level, creating a fully functioning prototype of a dual core HDMI computer running on a USB stick.
The device, which Laptopmag believes about as powerful as a modern smartphone, comes with a dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a microSD card slot for memory.
Nicknamed ‘Cotton Candy’, it enables any USB compatible TV, laptop, phone, tablet, or set-top box to operate as a dumb terminal, dual booting Android like many modern netbooks. The makers claim it can also run Linux, Windows or Mac OS X.
The USB connector provides power, the HDMI jack links the TV or monitor and Bluetooth connects the mouse or keyboard.
As cloud computing rises in popularity various companies, especially Google, have been pushing the idea of a ‘dummy’ computer terminal – a blank system that simply exists to connect to the internet and run its cloud based range of apps and storage offerings.
Google has been pushing its Chromebook – essentially a dummy terminal laptops – to this effect. This product may go a step further, simply requiring a host terminal, internet connection and a screen.
But does Cloud computing make this product redundant? After all, it technically requires no equipment at all outside of a dumb terminal?
As anyone who has travelled through a third world country can attest, the ability to bypass any archaic, virus riddled internet cafe machine is a clincher, and could prove to be a sneaky market for the product (its size would be of great use to backpackers concerned about being mugged).
Similarly, it could offer a cheap hotdesk option for students on a budget, or any traveller who wants to avoid the cloud, but doesn’t want to lug a 6kg laptop case around.