Saturday, November 19, 2011

Plugable brain.

(November 18, 2011. VBeat) - The drive, called Cotton Candy, will turn any screen you connect it to into an Android station. You can plug it into a TV, a tablet, a laptop (PC or Mac) — you name it.
The Cotton Candy prototype weighs just 21 grams and is equipped with an ARM Cortex-A9 (1.2GHz) CPU and an ARM Mali-400 MP (Quad-core) GPU. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options, as well as an HDMI output for HD graphics on any screen. The computer can be controlled via mice, keyboards, smartphones and other USB peripheral gadgets.
My initial reaction was, How incredibly cool! But after some thinking, it appears that the device is useful only because there's no high-bandwidth connection between the monitor and your main personal "communicator." For example, if your smartphone can talk to the screen directly, you don't need Cotton Candy. On the other hand, if it takes too much time for the manufacturers to standardize video communications between various devices, Cotton Candy is a great thing to have. I'd get it for $25 without much thinking. Too bad you can't hook it up to a ceiling mounted LCD projector.

tags: tool, interface

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