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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:03 PM
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Game developer David Braben creates a USB stick PC for $25
Braben has developed a tiny USB stick PC that has a HDMI port in one end and a USB port on the other. You plug it into a HDMI socket and then connect a keyboard via the USB port giving you a fully functioning machine running a version of Linux. The cost? $25.

The hardware being offered is no slouch either. It uses a 700MHz ARM11 processor coupled with 128MB of RAM and runs OpenGL ES 2.0 allowing for decent graphics performance with 1080p output confirmed. Storage is catered for by an SD card slot. It also looks as though modules can be attached such as the 12MP camera seen in the image above.

We can expect it to run a range of Linux distributions, but it looks like Ubuntu may be the distro it ships with. That means it will handle web browsing, run office applications, and give the user a fully functional computer to play with as soon as its plugged in. All that and it can be carried in your pocket or on a key chain.



http://www.geek.com/articles/games/game-developer-david...
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:07 PM
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1. very cool... I want one... now.
:woohoo:
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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:08 PM
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2. wow
that is just too cool.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:27 PM
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17. Extremely
I was fascinated when I could find calculators in the dollar store (my first one cost $100, and that was in 1974 dollars!), but this is even more amazing.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:11 PM
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3. I'll take two.
The smallest motherboard I own is about 5" x 5", I used it to run my homemade MAME cabinet.
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:11 PM
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4. but where do the floppies go?
that is some cool machine.

I was wondering who would make the mac box computer even smaller.
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OffWithTheirHeads Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:48 PM
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6. it uses Cobal punch cards.
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:29 PM
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8. in 6th grade I used IBM cards on the 360.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:52 PM
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10. Punch cards here too
Intro to programming 1972. I created my stack of punch cards, turned them in and they were fed into a PDP-11. State of the Art back then. A week later, I found out if my 'program' was written correctly.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:29 PM
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18. You were lucky
A week later, I found out my program was keypunched incorrectly, I never did "get it". At the University of Washington, I was told to take a passing withdrawl on the computer programming course while I could, because computers were only going to be used by doctors and scientists, anyway...
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 02:28 AM
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25. I remember cassette storage!
Had an Atari 800 as a kid. Took about a half hour to load games. Ahh, the old days!
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:39 PM
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5. SCHWEET!
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:48 PM
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7. *Drool*
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:33 PM
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9. I'll take 4 please
Edited on Fri May-06-11 04:36 PM by Duer 157099
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:58 PM
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11. I suspect that smart phones are about to get a whole lot smarter
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:20 PM
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12. I want one of these like a second tweeter.
PB
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:28 PM
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13. That's the kind of "desktop" computer I've been looking for.
Buy a box of 'em and string 'em up on the wall behind my desk as a supercomputer.
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:34 PM
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14. That's an idea I've had for a long time.
This is certainly on the way to a wall-mounted computer, and fully upgradeable for ages (instead of mere months) :D
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:44 PM
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15. Now that's a portable computer!
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:49 PM
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16. Oh, this will make aftermarket fuel injection tuning easier.
Running a serial bus adapter through the USB and a 7" auto DVD screen I could install this permanently in a car using my old Megasquirt 1.0 controller. I don't need to keep my ancient Compac laptop any longer! This will greatly simplify the tuning of my next engine build!
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uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:04 PM
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19. They say anything about heat, that's been the thing holding us back from VSSI today. this is the ish
...no doubt
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:12 PM
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20. so you'd have to buy the screen and keyboard and mouse?
Just asking.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 01:46 AM
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24. Keyboard and mouse is around $10 total.
The monitor, if it is a TV that you already have, is effectively 'free.' If you don't have a TV then that would be a problem of course. Best case is about $50 for a screen, imo, just by looking at budget LCD screens that are floating around.

LCD prices should drop dramatically in the next few years, so yeah...
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 01:27 AM
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21. coolio!
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 01:30 AM
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22. Want. nt
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 01:43 AM
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23. Soon no reason for despotic countries to deny people a computer.
It needs composite-out, though, too many TVs are incompatible!
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Azooz Donating Member (271 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-07-11 07:03 AM
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26. SixthSense technology was waiting for this
SixthSense technology plays with basic the concepts of hardware (keyboard, mouse and screen etc) - so the next USB stick will not need any extra hardware:

TED Talk: Pranav Mistry - The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrtANPtnhyg

The machine he demonstrates is in a big fat backpack, that USB stick is just what needs.

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