With a name like Cotton Candy, surely it's a winner, right? Let's hope so. At Mobile World Congress this week, FXI Technologies introduced the launch of cstick.com, a community website and technical forum where Cotton Candy development units are immediately available for pre-order. "The world is anxiously awaiting Cotton Candy's release," said Borgar Ljosland, CEO and founder of FXI. "We've had interest in the any screen computer for everything from portable set top box gaming and entertainment to mobile any screen computing, in addition to a host of specialized medical, automotive and other applications. The size, raw horsepower and combined HDMI, USB and MicroUSB connectivity bring unprecedented flexibility to the portable market."
Cotton Candy is an any-screen cloud computer, weighing just 21 grams and designed to serve as a companion to smartphones, tablets, notebook PCs and Macs as well as will add smart capabilities to existing displays, set top boxes and game consoles. Inside, there's a 1GHz Cortex-A9 CPU from Samsung, an ARM Mali-400MP GPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI-out and Android. It decodes MPEG-4, H.264 and other video formats and display HD graphics on any HDMI equipped screen. Operating systems supported to date include Android Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich as well as Ubuntu. On-screen content can be controlled a wide variety of ways – wirelessly using smartphones with an app, Bluetooth peripherals like mice and RF remote controls; or by leveraging a notebook's integrated keyboard and touchpad.
The cost? $199 gets you in.