Computers these days are becoming smaller and cheaper. A Chinese manufacturer recently introduced a fully capable computer in a package no larger than a large thumb drive for a price of less than $75. Such units can be idle for DIY, traveling and even for streaming media to your HDTV.
The MK802 micro Android based computer only weighs about 7 ounces but it packs a very hefty punch for its size. Based around a 1GHz Core ARM processor, powerful graphics unit and running the latest Android operating system this tiny computer is more capable than many full scale computers just a few years back.
One of the units main strengths is its ability to stream high definition movies using HDMI to any flat screen TV. Simply connect the cable to the TV, set up your network (the unit has built in WIFI) and start watching/playing/surfing etc.
For its price the MK802 specifications are quite impresive and include:
CPU: Allwinner A10/ 1GHz Cortex-A8
Installed OS: Android 4.0.
Storage: 4GB flash.
512 Mb RAM.
WIFI 802.1b/g/n – for connecting to the internet/local network.
microSD card slot – for extra storage and uploading/watching all your images and videos.
HDMI out – capable of supporting 1080p – watch all your videos on your HDTV.
A single micro USB 2.0 connection.
The MK802 is not the only thumb drive size computer on the market (although he might be one of the lowest price units out there). Companies such as FXI technologies from Norway created similar units. The "Cotton Candy" developed by FXI is a USB stick sized computer with a stronger processor and more RAM and a slightly more slick design although its price is more than double.
The Cotton Candy micro computer in action
More information on the can be found on the following link (you can see a video showing the unit here).
TFOT covered its fair share of micro computers. In 2008 we published a full review of VIA’s Artigo micro PC which included a x86 compliant VIA C7 1 GHz Processor in a tiny Pico-ITX for factor.
Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.