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.
- 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
- JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
- Additional video, audio and image formats can be supported through 3rd party codecs
- 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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