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computer on a stick
computer on a stickA computer the size of a USB drive that plugs into the HDMI port of a TV for display. Also called a "screenless PC," "any screen computer," or "PC on a stick," it either uses an ARM or Atom CPU and runs a version of Linux or Windows. Storage is flash memory. Interaction with the computer is via a smartphone or tablet, wireless keyboard and mouse or infrared remote control.
Computers on a stick are programmed by technicians and hobbyists for personal projects, or they can function like a regular tablet or desktop PC. See Raspberry Pi and Android computer.
|An Android Mini PC|
|In 2012, China-based Rikomagic introduced the MK802 computer. Only 3.5" long with an ARM CPU and 512MB of RAM, it debuted at USD $74, making it the least expensive computer on a stick. (Image courtesy of Rikomagic.)|
|The Intel Compute Stick|
|In 2015, Intel launched two models of its PC on a stick. The Windows 8.1 version debuted with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage but only 1GB RAM and 8GB storage for the Ubuntu Linux model. (Image courtesy of PCMag.com.)|
|Come and Gone|
|In 2012, FXI Tech launched the ARM-based Cotton Candy in Europe for USD $200. Three inches long with 1GB of RAM, the FXI could plug into a Mac or Windows PC and use the computer's mouse and keyboard. In 2014, the company went under. (Images courtesy of FXI Technologies)|