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Norwegian Cotton Candy Sends Your Pocket to Cloud 9

New Norwegian startup FXI wants to make its mark with what it calls 'Cotton Candy'. This 21 gram device the size of a flash drive can convert any display or TV with HDMI port to a cloud-client. You can even boot your PC or notebook with it, and get on to the cloud.

New Norwegian startup FXI wants to make its mark with what it calls 'Cotton Candy'. This 21 gram device the size of a flash drive can convert any display or TV with HDMI port to a cloud-client. You can even boot your PC or notebook with it, and get on to the cloud.

Cotton Candy is a compact embedded computer powered by ARM Cortex-A9 1.20 GHz dual-core processor, with ARM Mali-400MP quad-core GPU, 1 GB of RAM, micro-SDHC card slot for add-on storage, and connectivity options that include WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth EDR. That's some serious hardware for a device this small, comparable with high-end smartphones.

The possibilities are endless. Plug the Cotton Candy to your TV, connect a wireless keyboard and mouse that use Bluetooth or WiFi, and your cloud client is ready to go.  An Android-powered smartphone can also be used as an input device. Cotton Candy runs Android by default, but it can also be configured to come with Ubuntu (Linux) pre-loaded.

The device can also be plugged into a desktop or notebook PC. Simply make your PC boot from it like you'd boot from a USB flash drive. The installed operating system will quickly configure itself to your PC and get you onto the cloud.

Measuring about 8 x 2.5 x 1 cm (L x W x H), and weighing as low as 21 grams, the FXI Cotton Candy is slared for Q2 2012. It is expected to be priced under US $200.

Source: Hexus.net

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