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February 28, 2012

FXI Cotton Candy PC Is The Size Of A USB Stick



You can now run your Android OS from your big screen TV or any other display device.

This prototype dongle, codenamed Cotton Candy, is designed by Norwegian company FXI Technologies is about the size of a normal USB stick, 8cm x 2.5cm and 21 grams, but packs both USB 2.0 and HDMI-out plugs. It's powered by a dual-core 1.2-GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU, the same one that powers the Galaxy S II—and employs a microSD card slot for data storage. It also includes 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Cotton Candy currently uses the Android 2.3 OS but can also support Ubuntu as well as a virtualization client for Windows, Linux, Mac.

The device is designed to work on anything with a screen and USB port—TVs, laptops, smart phones, anything. You can hook it up to a HDTV and stream 1080p videos from the net. When you hook it up to a computer, either Windows or Mac, it will run android applications in a secure window, essentially creating a dumb terminal.
FXI Technologies lists the following potential applications:

Make Any Monitor Smart 
Dust off that display and turn it into a PC.  Just connect an HDMI monitor to Cotton Candy. Plug a USB power cord into an electrical source then navigate your media with a Bluetooth or WiFi mouse and keyboard. Access Cloud apps and documents, play games, surf the web, and view photos and HD video.  For work or play. 
Make Your Mac Even More Friendly 
Enjoy a Mac, but use an Android SmartPhone?  Plug Cotton Candy into the USB port, and instantly access the Android or Ubuntu Operating System and navigate your media with the keyboard. Use the Cotton Candy as a USB stick and drag your local pictures and movies over to it for later enjoyment on the TV screen. The Cotton Candy is your private computer within your, or anybodys , computer. Experience the freedom of mixing. 
Make Any TV Smart 
New or old, any TV can become smart. Connect Cotton Candy with an HDMI TV, plug in a USB power cord to an electrical source, then manage your on-screen media with a SmartPhone, Bluetooth/WiFi mouse and keyboard, or a Remote Control. Access Cloud apps and documents, play games, surf the web, view photos and HD video on the big screen with friends, colleagues and family.  Your personal media can be shared and enjoyed on whatever screen is convenient. 
Make Your Laptop Multi-OS Capable 
Blend the best of two OS on a single laptop.  Plug Cotton Candy into the USB port of a Windows laptop and instantly access the Android or Ubuntu Operating System.  Use the notebook’s keypad to navigate your favorite apps. Retrieve and use Cloud apps and documents, play games, surf the web, view photos and HD videos on the screen of the laptop. Mix and match the benefits of Windows PCs and smart mobile devices with one simple companion device.
Extend your  Smart Phone 
New or old, any TV, projector or screen can display your SmartPhone’s media.  Connect Cotton Candy to an HDMI connected screen, plug in a USB power cord then access and enjoy on-screen HD media right from your phone via WiFi. Access Cloud apps and documents, play games, surf the web, enjoy photos and HD video on the big screen with friends, colleagues and family.  Your personal media can be shared wherever you go.

While the final price and release date haven't yet been set, FXI estimates the device will cost under $200 US when it does go on sale. 


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