Micro Computers Emerging Everywhere - The UpStream

Micro Computers Emerging Everywhere

posted Sunday May 20, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Micro Computers Emerging Everywhere

Over the past few months, the interest in micro computers has grown. For users, the ability to bring a computer with them everywhere they go and use it on any screen and have their environment stay exactly the same is useful. For developers, it is even better - no need to have your development environment installed on different computers and hope the settings are the same (which they NEVER are). Even The Pirate Bay has an intriguing way to use them.

The only real problem has been availability. The Raspberry Pi has been on back-order with every retailer since it launched, and the Cotton Candy, after taking pre-orders, have incredibly limited availability. What is the solution to this problem? How about a white label, no name Chinese company launching a similar device for only $74!

The device has a 1.5GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a microSD slot, built-in WiFi, full 1080p HDMI output and Android 4.0. Being based on an ARM processor means that it can run other operating systems as well, including Windows 8 eventually. It is missing things like wireless controls (for using the computer as a media player) and no SATA capabilities, so the price difference is understandable, but it is still a fully-functional, self-contained computer for only $74.

If you had one of these bad boys today, what would you use it for? Tell us in the comments section.


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