Now, this isn’t something you see everyday… a Norwegian company called FXI technologies just unveiled a nifty new product. It is a USB stick with a dual-core CPU inside and an Android OS onboard. The idea behind the device is called “Any Screen Computing,” and it allows you to turn any any TV, laptop, phone, tablet, or set-top box into a dummy terminal with Android at its helm. The device is actually called “The Cotton Candy” referring to its weight similar to a bag of the sugary treat. The amazing little device even has a USB connector on one end and an HDMI on the other. In fact, most of its specs put many other devices to shame. Here’s a breakdown:
- Dual-core 1.2-GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU (same as in the Galaxy S II)
- 802.11n Wi-Fi
- A microSD card slot for memory
- Android 2.3/Gingerbread
Here’s a quote from the article source with a description of some of its functions and capabilities,
The Cotton Candy has a USB 2.0 connector on one end and an HDMI jack on the other. When connected to an HDTV, it uses the HDMI port for video, the USB for power, and Bluetooth to connect to a keyboard, mouse, or tablet for controlling the operating system. The device can output up to 1080p so even a full HD screen can display the Candy’s preloaded Android 2.3 operating system at its native resolution. The dual core CPU is powerful enough to play local 1080p video or stream HD clips from the Web.
When you plug the Cotton Candy into a Mac or PC, the Windows or OS X operating system recognizes it as a USB drive. You can then launch the software and run the Cotton Candy’s Android environment in a secure window while you use your desktop OS outside the window. You can even transfer files between your notebook’s native OS and the Cotton Candy’s Android environment by dragging them off or on the USB stick’s memory.
Source: LaptopMag Blog