Sunday, June 14, 2015

With computing sticks -- PicoPro can be a complete PC.

With Celluon's PicoPro, MicroVision can ALREADY help you keep a complete PC with a large screen display -- in your POCKET.

This Timing Power RK3188 Android Mini PC combines deceptive power with sleek style. Image source: Timing Power.

Daniel B. Kline (Computing sticks):Improving technology has redefined the definition of portability when it comes to computers. Portable used to mean laptops (and way back in the day, lugging around the early Apple Macs). Now, portable encompasses form factors ranging widely from tablets to hybrids to other tweener devices. The most interesting of these, however, might be the computing sticks

Under $100 gets you a full-powered computer the size of a fat flash memory stick. To stay within a $100 budget, you'll have to settle for a stick running Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) Chrome OS or Android; those running Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) Windows cost closer to $200. For that price, however, you'll get a mini-computer that fits in your pocket. Simply plug it into a HDMI slot on a TV or computer monitor, add a keyboard and mouse, and you're good to go.

This has the potential to change the computing equation for travelers and businesspeople alike. It also lowers the price point for full-powered computing devices to the point at which a computer with a familiar Chrome or Android interface is affordable to a much larger population. Computing sticks are not Raspberry Pi cheap, but they are accessible and should be popular specifically among people whose first connected device is an Android phone.

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