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Cotton Candy

If you thought the Raspberry Pi was tiny, then check out the Cotton Candy, a computer that fits onto a USB stick. Billed as the smallest computer in the world, the Cotton Candy is designed to be a computer you can carry in your pocket.

The $199 Linux-powered machine is simple and only needs a USB port for power and a HDMI-compatible display to operate.

It can be plugged into any computer or device with a USB port, hooked to a display and paired with a mouse and keyboard and it's ready to go. Cotton Candy's manufacturers describe it as providing a secure way for people to access cloud services and apps on the move.

Photo: Cotton Candy

Specs

Processor: Arm Cortex-A9 1.2GHz.

Graphics: Quad-core ARM Mali 400MP. 480p/720p/1080p decode of MPEG4-SP/H.263/H.264 AVC/MPEG-2/VC1. OpenGL ES v2.0.

Video/Audio: HDMI 1.3a with audio for connection to devices that do not support USB mass storage.

Memory: 1GB DRAM.

Storage: Up to 64GB local microSD storage.

Connectivity: Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.USB 2.0 male form factor for power and connection to devices that support USB mass storage.

Supported OS: Android Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu.

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.