One of the world’s tiniest computers was designed by Norwegian developers which are all in a tiny USB-like stick. The “Cotton Candy”, is a device which lets users to convert any smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer screen into a terminal which can get into the device’s operating system, apps and cloud services.
According to FXI Technologies, the device just weighs 21 grams, just like that of a bag of fairy floss. The stick also works on games consoles, set-top boxes and television sets.
Borgar Ljosland, FXI Technologies’ founder and chief executive said, “We’ve turned things upside down, eliminating the screen and delivering the power of a PC and the web to any screen.”
The device operates using Google’s Android operating system. It retails for $US200 and is expected to be available by mid-2012. The “Cotton Candy” is just one of the ways that Google lets their Android OS work on a wider variety of electronic devices, and not just on tablets and smartphones.
Wired magazine wrote, “From TVs to car stereo head units to refrigerators and lighting fixtures, it seems no piece of consumer electronics is out of Android’s reach. And, ultimately, getting Android on as many devices as possible gets Google’s search bar and services on to multitudinous screens beyond the desktop environment. This potentially means more ads served, and more revenue for the search company’s core business.”
FXI Technologies detailed the device’s specifications which were the following:
Android operating system, ARM Mali(TM)-400 MP (Quad-core) GPU, ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-A9 (1.2GHz) CPU, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and HDMI output.
The H.264, MPEG-4, and other video formats can be decoded by the device. It also has the ability to display HD graphics on any screen which are HDMI capable.
A secure FXI web portal can access the device contents and smartphones, mice, keyboards and other USB peripherals can control the gadget.