Everything In A Stick!
With Google’s latest revelation of a stick, which can turn your TV or any other screen into PC, the war clouds are gathering on the horizon for Microsoft
What if you can carry your PC in a stick? This is not a joke but anout-of-the-box technology. Google has introduced the new out-of-the-box kind of Chrome OS computer, which comes in a dongle that plugs into any HDMI-equipped display.
Named as Chromebit, the stick sports a Rockchip 3288 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal flash storage with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0/LE connectivity, not to mention a micro USB port for power and a full USB port for any other peripherals you want to attach. It won’t be the most powerful PC you could plug into a TV, but it shouldn’t be too bad for the browser-based OS. Google also expects it to make quite a splash with small businesses and third-world countries due to price and easy manageability.
On the other hand, Intel recently announced the Intel Compute Stick, which has a quad-core, BayTrail-T Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC storage memory. It comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 with Bing (the free version of Windows). Though many other stick computers become extremely hot to the touch after just a few minutes of use, Intel reps told us that their device will remain cool to the touch. Like the Chromebit, the Compute Stick comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, along with a micro
USB power port and a full USB port for plugging in other peripherals. Perhaps most important, it’ll give users access to the full array of Windows software and apps, and can easily handle multiple windows.
Overall, the miniaturisation of technology seems to be going in the correct direction and with PC-on-a-stick concept it has entered into a next level of advancement. Though today’s computer sticks will have a limited functions, in coming days these sticks will surely replace your age-old desktops.
By Rohan Pal