FXI Technologies has recently just released in limited availability the Cotton Candy miniaturized dual-core PC computer the size of a USB flash drive.
The FXI cotton candy is referred to as an “any screen computer” which really means it’s a tiny miniaturized fully capable PC computer that doesn’t come with a screen or monitor. These miniaturized computer devices are ideal for embeded applications including portable set top box gaming and entertainment equipment, mobile “any screen” computing, and a full range of specialized applications including medical, automotive, security, surveillance, and other dedicated solutions.
This tiny fully contained computer is packed with impressive raw horsepower and offers integrated HDMI, USB and MicroUSB connectivity for surprising flexibility in the portable market.
And let’s talk about just how how tiny and compact. The Cotton Candy miniaturized PC on a stick weighs only 21 grams. That’s just a little over 1/2 ounce. The dimensions of this super miniaturized computer are roughly 3 inches in length and a bit over 1/2 inch in width.
The cotton candy architecture will lend itself as an ideal add on to smartphones, tablet computers and notebook PCs including Macs. In addition, the device is perfect for adding intelligent computing capabilities to displays, set top boxes and gaming consoles.
FXI Cotton Candy Technical Specifications
- ARM® Cortex™ A9 1.2GHz Central Processing Unit (CPU) with NEON extensions and Trustzone extensions.
- ARM® Mali™ 400MP Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) delivers 720p and 1080p OpenGL ES v2.0, can process 30M Polygons and 1.2 GPixels per second.
- Wifi 802.11 b/g/n network connectivity.
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
- 1GB DRAM memory.
- Up to 64GB expandable memory with microSD local storage.
- Supports standard OS’s including, Android (Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich), Linux (Ubuntu), and includes embedded virtualization client for Windows, Linux, Mac.
- USB 2.0 port for power and connection to devices that support USB mass storage.
- HDMI 2.1 port with audio.
- Decodes MPEG-4, H.264 and other video formats, displays HD graphics on any HDMI equipped screen.
FXI Technologies (www.fxitech.com) is a Norway-based hardware and software startup with a focus on improving the world of digital screens with smart and personal capabilities. This includes initiatives
- Improving consumer access to Cloud computing.
- Accelerate the adoption and use of “smart screen” technologies.
- Easy ability to share media and content (videos, movies, photos, games, etc.) from mobile and portable devices on large screens and projectors.
FXI Cotton Candy, the PC on a stick, may very well open up even more exciting embedded computing applications around the corner, and we’ll be ready to talk about it here at Mint Gadgets. If you’re interested in learning more about the cotton candy miniature PC on a stick, you can visit the comunity website at cstick.com where development units are available now for pre-order.
Source: [FXI - cstick.com]
The standard wired controller that ships with the Xbox 360 can wear out after many hours of heavy use and play. Buttons can jam, analog sticks can stop working and you may need to think about replacing your tired Xbox 360 controller with a new one. By far, the most popular replacement controller is the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller.
The Xbox 360 Wireless Controller is a lot more convenient and natural to operate than the standard wired controller. No more wires and cables to get in your way. And you can more easily and naturally move about the room and stay focused on your game play with up to a 30 foot wireless range.
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller Features
- Communicates with the Xbox console using 2.4GHz wireless technology with a 30-foot range
- You can play with up to four controllers simultaneously on one Xbox console
- Adjustable vibration feedback extends longer battery life
- Includes an integrated headset port for Xbox LIVE play
- Easy to use left and right shoulder buttons
- Xbox 360 Guide button lets you keep track of your friends, access games and media, and power your Xbox 360 console on and off
The Xbox 360 Wireless Controller promotes ultra high performance gaming. You can even plug the Xbox 360 Headset into the wireless controller for full two-way voice communication. This is an Xbox 360 gaming wireless first.
The controller is powered by two AA batteries, and can operate for up to 40 hours before a recharge is needed. The battery charge won’t last as long if you have the vibration feedback at full tilt. A vibration feedback control lets you adjust the level of vibration which helps extend the battery life.
The wireless controller has a battery charging unit on the inside, about the size of two AA batteries. The standard battery charger does not allow you to continue to use the wireless controller while the batteries are re-charging.
A separate “Play and Charge Kit” is available that does allow you to continue playing while you charge the batteries. As the batteries begin to run low, you’re given ample warning time so you can connect a “Play and Charge Kit” for uninterrupted play. With the separate “Play and Charge Kit” you plug the charger into the back of the wireless controller, and the other end attaches to the USB port located on the front of the Xbox 360 console.
For multi-user play, you’ll want to get your hands on more than one Xbox 360 wireless controller. You can play with up to four wireless controllers on one Xbox 360 console. These smaller, more compact controllers also help keep your gaming area free of clutter. Wireless controllers are definitely the way to go for multi-user gaming with your friends.
Price: $35.99 (Play and Charge Kit extra)
Here comes a portable digital audio player designed in Japan and is available on a Korean online store. The Singbox MP3 Player packs a punch as a travelling boombox which enables you to share music with others while on the road. It is ideal if you don’t fancy the idea of carrying around a stereo on your shoulder.
This Digital Audio Player/Speaker combo is not as compact as the iPod Shuffle, which is understandable because it has a 2W mono speaker on one end and a user-friendly interface on the other. If you are not in the mood of blasting your music out loud in public, there is a headphone jack-in just in case you wish to enjoy some quiet time with your music alone.
The Singbox MP3 Player supports MP3, WMA and APE format files and also has a FM tuner. It also has a microSD card slot so you can cram up to 32GB worth of music files to last you through your journey. Its built-in battery is charged through a USB connection and each charge will last you up to about 13 hours.
This portable boombox-cum-audio player has an aluminum body which is available in eight colors and comes with a caring case. It weighs 138 grams, making it convenient to carry around and perfect for lightweight packing. Although its design has been likened to a lipstick holder, adding a touch of femininity to it, its stylishness does not discriminate between gender and you will enjoy rocking out to music coming from this portable boombox regardless of your gender.
The mouse has proven itself to be one of the most useful devices for navigation on computer screens and it has since evolved from cables to wireless. However, even the wireless mouse has its limitations as it does not work on every surface. All you mouse enthusiasts can take heart at the introduction of a new type of mouse which might just be able to work on any type of surface; the Genius BlueEye-tracking wireless mouse.
This nifty little device is designed to work ergonomically and has an extremely responsive 1200 dpi optical engine. As its name suggests, it utilizes the BlueEye tracking technology which enables it to function on all types of surface. This includes marble and glass, of which preceding wireless mice have failed.
The Genius BlueEye-tracking wireless mouse can be connected to your personal computer or notebook via a wireless and anti-interference 2.4 GHz RF frequency which is made possible by a Pico USB receiver. This tiny receiver can be left inside the USB port of your notebook so that it will not be damaged when you carry your notebook around.
The BlueEye-tracking wireless mouse is compatible with the Windows 7, Vista and XP and Mac OS X 10.4+ operating systems and comes with a Stick-N-Go mount for you to stick the mouse to your notebook for convenience of mobility. It only requires a single AAA alkaline battery, which comes with every purchase, to work and has a power switch to help conserve battery power when not in use. If you are particular about its look, fret not as the BlueEye-tracking Wireless Mouse is available in black, blue, yellow, ruby and the limited edition snow beige colors.
What’s the use of taking pictures with your phone and waste valuable memory space by keeping these pictures only in your phone? It is better to have print outs of the pictures and stick in a scrap book or photo album where you can view anytime you want to and take more pictures with your phone but in order to print it out, you will need to transfer the files to a computer and print it out. That takes a lot of work and for some people, may involve a long process as well. Thanks to The Haus of Gaga, they have created the Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer that is connected via Bluetooth and yes, Lady Gaga herself came up with the idea.
The mobile printer is brought to you by Polaroid and in association with their esteemed Creative Director, Lady Gaga, this device prints out pictures taken from your mobile phone or any camera that has a Bluetooth function. It does not require any cables so there will be no mess and it produces quality 3 x 4 images with or without a classic Polaroid border. The Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer does not use ink but uses ZINK Zero Ink thermal technology to produce superb quality pictures instead. It runs with a built in rechargeable battery and can print up to 35 images when it is fully charged. If your camera does not have Bluetooth compatibility, you can use the USB cable to hook up to the printer.
The retail price for the Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer is about $187. This is a great device because it prints out a picture in less than a minute and the quality of the picture is great too!