Norwegian company FXI Technologies is developing an USB computer that runs Android. Codenamed ‘Cotton Candy’ due to its light weight, the Cotton Candy is flash drive sized computer capable of running Android on any HDTV, computer, etc. The device is similar to a Linux live cd, or in this case live “usb”, where all the software is run from the device itself. The device features a USB 2.0 connector on one end for power and an HDMI jack on the other for display. It can be plugged in to HDTV with HDMI or even a Windows or Mac PC. When the Cotton Candy is plugged into a computer, 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, kind of like a virtual machine, while you use your regular computer operating system. However, unlike virtual machines, the Cotton Candy’s Android environment allows you to transfer files between your computer’s operating system and the Cotton Candy’s Android environment by drag and dropping.
The Cotton Candy is powered by a dual-core 1.2-GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a microSD card slot for memory. How they fit all that in such a small device is beyond me. It runs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. I’m hoping by the release date, it will have Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich. At this time, there is no word of a scheduled release date, or pricing.
What do you think of the Cotton Candy? Are you interested? Is it doomed to fail like Google TV is said to be? At the right price, I’d be willing to check it out. I’m curious to see how much more expensive it will be versus the Raspberry Pi.
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Source: Laptop Mag