A new Google device called the Chromebit could change the way that many people round the world use computers.
This is because this stick is designed to turn any monitor or TV into a computer. To do this all you have to do is plug it into the device’s HDMI port. You then just need to add the keyboard and any other peripherals you want to use. The idea is that this low cost way of computing should appeal to schools and users on a low budget.
Will Cost Under $100
The Chromebit looks like a big memory stick and will be made by the Taiwanese firm Asus. The price hasn’t yet been confirmed but the word from Google is that it will cost under $100.
It will use the Chrome OS that is also present on the range of low cost laptops recently revealed by Google. This operating system runs through the Chrome browser and works by storing most of the files in the cloud.
The market research firm Gartner also revealed that Google has sold over 5 million of its Chromebooks and Chromebase desktop PCs in the last year. It is expected that they will sell 8 in 2015 and 16 million annually by the time 2018 comes around.
As for the Chromebit, it is expected that this new gadget will go on sale by the end of 2015. It is similar to recent sticks brought out by Intel and Hannspree offering access to PC functions.
Would you use a PC on a stick like this?