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'Cotton Candy' USB stick-sized computer

Tiny prototype PC has a dual-core ARM processor running Android.
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A Norwegian technology start-up has unveiled a prototype USB stick-sized computer codenamed "Cotton Candy" that will run Android and aim to deliver 'any screen connected computing'.

FXI said that the idea behind Cotton Candy is to allow users a single, secure point of access to all personal Cloud services and apps through their favorite operating system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen.

"The device will serve as a companion to smartphones, tablets, and notebook PC and Macs, as well add smart capabilities to existing displays, TVs, set top boxes and other media that supports USB mass storage," the company said.

The device itself is based on smartphone technology, incorporating an SoC with a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM A9, ARM Mali-400 GPU (these specifications are similar to Samsung's Exynos SOC), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a HDMI output for connecting to a screen.

FXI demonstrated Cotton Candy by connecting the tiny device to a 42-inch HDTV and playing YouTube videos and 3D games. They also showed the device plugged into a Windows PC and a Mac playing Angry Birds on the Android OS.

There's not much in the way of an actual product that can be bought, FXI reckon some sort of product will arrive in the second half of next year.

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