it’s code-named ‘Cotton Candy’, weighs 21 grams, and enables what its inventors call ‘any-screen computing’.
housed inside is a dual-core 1.2-GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU (the same processor as in the Galaxy S II), 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI-out and even a microSD card slot for memory.
on Friday, 18 November, Norwegian firm FXI Technologies showed off its USB stick-sized portable computer prototype, code-named Cotton Candy because of its paltry weight, roughly the same as a bag of the sweet.
the tiny PC enables what its inventor calls ‘any-screen computing’ – the ability to turn any TV, laptop, phone, tablet, or desktop PC into a dumb terminal for its Android-powered operating system.
the Cotton Candy has a USB 2.0 connector on one end and an HDMI jack on the other. when connected to an HDTV, it uses the HDMI-out port for video (which it can output at up to 1080p), the USB for power, and Bluetooth to connect to a keyboard, mouse, or tablet for controlling the OS.
FXI hasn’t set pricing yet for the Cotton Candy, but expects it to cost considerably less than $200 (R1650) per unit – not bad for a full-fledged computing device.