As time goes on computers get smaller and smaller. and we’ve finally reached a point where you can pick up a computer that fits in the palm of your hand. In fact, two different companies are offering pocket-sized computers that pack a surprising punch.
FXI has produced the $200 Cotton Candy which can be connected to any display with a USB port for mass storage, and an HDMI port for video. It’s ideal for creating one centralized place to keep all your data. It runs Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and as such, it can handle a lot of useful apps and software.
The FXI Cotton Candy is great and all, but if that $200 price tag is a little too high for you, there’s another option – Raspberry Pi. This tiny computer runs Linux, and can even handle XBMC for HD video playback. The price? Just $25. That’s right, for just $25 you can pick up a small computer that can be connected to your TV for use as a media player. For ten more dollars, you can pick up the Model B which has two USB ports instead of one, and an ethernet port so you can connect it to your network.
Both of these computers are extremely small – either would fit in the palm of your hand, and both offer a surprising amount of processing power. The Raspberry Pi has 256MB of RAM which may not seem like a lot, but it’s enough to handle simple tasks like browsing the web and watching HD videos. Both have an HDMI port so that they can be connected to your TV, and they’re both very versatile. The Raspberry Pi is built with the DIY audience in mind -when you order you just get a circuit board; it’s up to you to put it in a case and attach a power supply to it. The Cotton Candy comes completely assembled and ready to go out of the box.
Which ever you choose, the important thing here is that we live in a world where you can get a computer capable of handling HD video that fits in the palm of your hand – that’s pretty impressive!