This dongle makes any screen an Android device

Want that 70″ LCD television in your living room to be an Android device? This little guy can make it happen. With an HDMI port on one end, and a USB plug on the other for power, just plug in FXI Technologies’ Cotton Candy dongle to create a 1080p Android television.

The price isn’t set for the device, but it’s expected to be available at less than $200. Considering what’s inside that’s pretty reasonable. There’s a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM processor, 1 gig of RAM, 64 gigs of storage, Bluetooth, WiFi, and a microSD card slot. Wow!

So is it hackable? Absolutely. Well, kind of? The company doesn’t intend to bring Cotton Candy to the retail market. Instead, they will sell the device to developers who may do what they wish. From there, said developers have the option to license the technology for their own products. This begs the question, will the development kit come in under $200? Hard to say.

Check out the video after the break to hear an interview with the company’s CEO. It certainly sounds fascinating, and like the Chumby NeTV, we can’t wait to see what comes of this.

[Thanks Adam via RootzWiki]

Comments

  1. 1000100 1000001 1010110 1000101 says:

    Ok, this is a whole new level of want.

  2. TWNB says:

    Strange no demonstration of it getting used.

  3. DooWeeNo says:

    10x overpriced Raspberry Pi?

  4. Bob says:

    improvement from $25 Rasberry Pi

    • _txf_ says:

      Right… but it does cost 200 clams making it not particularly disposable. IE you’re not going to want to experiment extensively with something of that cost…

    • qwerty says:

      They’re totally different boards, anyway I would choose the Raspberry anytime.
      This one plays in the same league of the Beagleboard but costs more, has much less connectivity and the use of Java will severely limit its performance. Take into account that pseudo-native software under Android (what you write using the NDK) runs about 8-12 times faster than the Java software, but _every_ program in Android, pseudo-native ones included, must run within a virtual machine, therefore writing true native software in android is plain impossible (unless you are Google and write device drivers) so any software written in C run on a 600 MHz board would run circles around the same software written in Java run on a much faster processor.

      Want an example? Here it is!

      I could change my mind the day stuff like this software will be ported to Android, which in my opinion won’t happen anytime soon because of the _huge_ Java limitations.

      Oh, and I am an Android product owner and don’t own a single Apple product nor I have any wish to buy one. Fact is, I consider Linux on mobile platforms dead and buried the day they killed Meego.

  5. Bob says:
  6. baobrien says:

    This looks interesting, but if they don’t release it in an under $200 package, there’s always the panda board.

    http://www.pandaboard.org/

  7. roboman2444 says:

    must… buy… now… auuugh

  8. aztraph says:

    Looks pretty awesome, but I don’t want to shell out $200 on something so easily lost, I hope there’s encryption on it to keep the data safe. still, I like http://geek-menu.sourceforge.net/ it won’t do as much as cotton candy will, but it’s out there now, it’s free, and chances are you already have a thumb drive to put it on.

  9. Julspower says:

    all that can fit inside ???

  10. Alex says:

    Neat, but maybe it could be cheaper if it didn’t have to be so small? As long as it’s still pocketable, I don’t think it would make a difference.

  11. GCL says:
  12. xorpunk says:

    All that in that dongle? I’ve been waiting for gumstix to do dual core for a while, I may go with this. I’m wanting to do a obfuscated surveillance and file storage system.

  13. Barrett says:

    Lets see XBMC develop a build for this and sell it as XBMC on a stick. I’d pay 200 for that.

    • GCL says:

      I’ve got a better idea. Sell them for fifty dollars and provide everything needed to connect to that HDMI connection, including a small screened HDTV set. Also include a set of dongles that translate from HDMI to DVI, and from DVI to VGA and then I’ll buy it.

  14. Hirudinea says:

    Cotton Candy+Wiimote+60″ TV=Worlds biggest tablet.

  15. cameron20020 says:

    WANT WANT WANT!!!!
    please, tell me where the hell i can get one!!!
    but i wants usb host port, then it’d be PERFECT!
    i seriously love this!
    1GB ram, 1.2Ghz dual core cpu,
    FINALLY, something i can do things with!

  16. Whatnot says:

    As I asked above, I really wonder how it’s powered, dual core and graphics and wifi and whatnot, you have to wonder.

  17. paul says:

    is anybody else thinking super computer? its a good idea but why so small? im sure people would be more than happy with something the same size as a 3.5″ hdd.

  18. dennis says:

    oh look… a raspberry Pi ripoff.

    Do Not Want.

  19. Malikaii says:

    If this is legit, the possibilities are endless.

    As for the power question, I don’t know about the 500mA being enough to run it (sounds a bit skimpy), but if so, all you need is one of those USB extender cables. Most HDTVs already come with a USB port built into them, so you could run power off of that. It does make things a bit more complicated and bulky than they claim, but it’s still an amazing feat of hypothetical technology.

    If you can fit all of that into a USB stick, imagine what a spy can fit in a false tooth!

  20. Mike says:

    Slightly off topic question but: any reason why the open source Xbox Kinect drivers wouldn’t work on ARM architecture?

  21. RapidPrototype says:

    There is also the €99 Xbounds dongle, you can find out more on Slashgear.com http://goo.gl/kH4fD

  22. Alex says:

    So, it has no demonstration, it shares all of the stuff you put in it to a cloud on the web and also how can it turn your tv in a android device, if tv screens has no touchscreen fetaures??

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