Printed from http://www.electronista.com

FXI tech shows tiny Cotton Candy cloud computer

updated 05:25 pm EST, Fri January 13, 2012

FXI tech to bring out computer in March for $200

Norway's FXI technologies showed off its tiny USB dongle-looking device that doubles as a computer. Dubbed Cotton Candy, the prototype has a full-sized USB connector, a micro USB connector and HDMI input, letting users access cloud services on their TVs, so long as there is a USB port or adapter for power and an HDMI port. The stick uses a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex processor paired with a quad-core ARM Mali-400MP graphics core and 1GB of RAM.

There is also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth onboard, along with Android 4.0 preloaded, though the device will support Ubuntu as well. Local storage comes by way of microSDHC cards up to 64GB in capacity thanks to a built-in slot. When it was shown to us, one USB connected a keyboard and the other powered it. The HDMI cable ran to an Acer monitor. Content is stored in the cloud. Supported file formats include MPEG4, H.264 and other video formats in HD resolutions, along with popular sound and image files. Content can be controlled using a smartphone, keyboard, mouse or other USB peripherals. The screen of a user's smartphone can also be duplicated on the big screen wirelessly, though a commercial app that's still being developed commercially.

As demonstrated, Mac or Windows PCs and notebooks will also have the ability to display content from the Cotton Candy stick thanks to a virtualization client for Windows, Linux, and Mac computers, accessing an Android version of Angry Birds and other apps, for example.

The device weighs 21 grams, and we were told it will cost $200 when it ships in March.











By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. GreenMnM

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2000

    +1

    comment title

    "and HDMI input, letting users access cloud services on their TVs"

    Wouldn't that be an HDMI 'output'? If the signal is going OUT of the device to the TV?

    "though a commercial app that's still being developed commercially."

    How else are 'commercial' apps developed? Privately? Did a ten year old write this article?

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Dell AD211 Bluetooth speaker

For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solution ...

VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, sp ...

Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News