Cotton Candy: Linux computer on a stick

Cotton Candy is the latest in tiny, Linux-powered computers now available for consumers. How tiny? This one is contained on a USB-stick you can carry in your pocket.

Norwegian company FXI Technologies is now taking orders for Cotton Candy, literally a USB stick-sized device, billing itself as the world's smallest computer. This pint-sized device plugs into a USB port and connects to a display via HDMI, making it a highly portable, any-screen computer.

According to the website, Cotton Candy:

...Allows users a single, secure point of access to all personal cloud services and apps through their favorite operating system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen.  The device will serve as a companion to smartphones, tablets, and notebook PC and Macs, as well add smart capabilities to existing displays, TVs, set top boxes and other media that supports USB mass storage.

Technical specs:

  • Quad Core ARM Mali400MP Graphics Processing Unit
  • Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 1GB DRAM
  • Up to 64GB memory local storage (microSD)
  • Operating Systems supported: Android Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu
  • Virtualization client for Windows, Linux, Mac, embedded

Video / Audio / Media Support:

  • 480p/720p/1080p decode of MPEG4-SP/H.263/H.264 AVC/MPEG-2/VC1
  • MP3, AAC, AAC+, Real Audio
  • Additional video, audio and image formats can be supported through 3rd party codecs
  • Connectors
  • USB 2.0 male form factor for power and connection to devices that support USB mass storage
  • HDMI 2.1 with audio for connection to devices that do not support USB mass storage

Orders for the device can be made via the FXI website; the price is $199 USD.

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