9 itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie computers
No, they're not bikinis, but just as exciting
By Howard Wen | Network World US | Published: 17:35, 23 July 2012
There’s a 'tiny' revolution unfolding in the personal computer industry led by the Raspberry Pi, which has become so popular that it’s difficult to buy one right now. The idea of small computers is being driven by hardware hackers and hobbyists. Here are eight products, and a project in development, that are leading the effort to make PCs small enough to slip into your pocket.
HDMI Android dongle computer
Always Innovating has developed a tiny computer in a dongle form factor. Theirs runs on the TI OMAP 4 system-on-chip processor. You plug it into the HDMI and USB ports of a TV, and it turns your set into a computer running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s not meant for, nor capable of, upgrading your TV into a media center, but, rather, it’s for repurposing it into an Android device. This HDMI Android dongle doesn’t have a formal product name, because Always Innovating is licensing the technology to other companies. The optimistic scenario is that there will be at least one company that will release a product based on this technology by year’s end for a price ranging from...