Anyone who works online (like me) knows what a pain it is to carry your computer everywhere you travel. Now, you can keep your computer in your pocket. Or rather, you will be able to do this very soon.
The development stems from a new device called the “Chromebit,” which looks a lot like over-sized memory stick (and also comes in a number of colors). This little device has the ability to turn nearly anything that has a HDMI port into a computer. So what does this mean for you? Essentially, nearly any monitor is now (or can rather easily become) a computer.
Obviously, the development is great news for anyone who works online, and it’s especially great news for anyone who works online and also frequently travels (carrying around a 4 pound laptop may not be a huge hindered, but it’s also not terribly fun).
However, the best part of all of this is that the Chromebit isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg. As Google notes, “the Chromebit is a full computer that will be available for less than $100. By simply plugging this device into any display, you can turn it into a computer. It’s the perfect upgrade for an existing desktop and will be really useful for schools and businesses.”
Also, this isn’t some future tech that may never be realized. The Chromebits are set to come on the market later this year.
And Google isn’t the only company working to usher in the next age of computing. Recently, a number of other developers have jumped into this market. Ultimately, both Intel and Hannspree launched Windows-powered “PC-on-a-sticks;” however, these devices come with a slightly higher price tag than the Google tech.
Of course, it’s not entirely as simple as throwing the device into your pocket and walking out the door. As previously mentioned (of course), you will still need a monitor; however, chances are, there will likely be one wherever you are traveling. Moreover, although you will be able to carry your computer in your pocket, you will still need a keyboard, which doesn’t exactly fit into ones clothing. However, with all of the “roll-up” keyboards on the market, this shouldn’t be too troublesome or take up too much space.
Google is also working on a way to provide users with options for running other kinds of software. Obviously, most people who work via PC use things like Google Docs and Gmail on a day-to-day bases. The company is trying to figure out how to provide individuals with access to these features when they are offline.