Last month at AsiaD, Andy Rubin mentioned that he wanted to see Android on every screen. This might very well be possible soon, even with screens that were not designed to run Android. FXI Technologies has recently showed off a little gadget code-named the “Cotton Candy,” (weighs the same as a cotton candy bag – 28 grams) which can run Android on any screen.
This little device is the size of a USB flash drive. Do not be fooled by its look, though; it actually packs some great specs and potential. Aside from its USB 2.0 connector, the Cotton Candy comes with a dual-core 1.2-GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a microSD card slot. It’s no weak device, and it can even play 1080p video.
Packed with all the components you’d need for computing, this device works with any screen. It can be plugged in to an HDTV via HDMI and use its USB port for power and bluetooth for connecting a mouse, keyboard or tablet. You can also plug it into a computer via USB, and a nifty program would allow you to run the Cotton Candy’s system in it. It also works with both Windows and OSX, which really breaks the boundaries of compatibility.
As if this wasn’t enough, CEO Borgar Ljosland also mentions that the Cotton Candy will be able to run on tablets, smartphones and set top boxes via both USB and bluetooth. This means that this device would be able to run on Android tablets and phones (what would be the point?), iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, etc.
The Cotton Candy packs the same processor as the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is ARM based. The current device runs Android 2.3, but Borgar also mentions that there’s no limitations to the OS. You could install Ubuntu Linux on this device, as well as the ARM version of Windows 8, once it is available.
The possibilities are endless, and devices like this could turn computing into a whole different universe. You could simply carry this little thing around, and instead of actual computers, schools and businesses could simply set up monitors. The company/organization would save money on PC components, while the user would be able to keep all his information with him, wherever he may be. It is always nice to see your own files, wallpaper, icons, etc. And now your set up would be available on any screen.
The Cotton Candy can even be turned into a mobile file or web server. Quite the package for such a small gadget. The device will not hit the market just as it is, though (or anytime soon). FXI Technologies will be offering this product to developers and letting manufacturers take care of the business. FXI expects it to cost less than $200, which is a great price for what you’re getting.
What do you guys think? Is this the future of computing? Would you purchase one of these little computers?