The Tonido Plug – What Would You Do with a $40 Linux Computer?

A handful of companies are making tiny computers, complete with USB and Ethernet jacks not much bigger than a hefty electrical plug. We’re dying to hear how you’d put such a tiny computer to use.

What are these tiny computers we speak of? The chief executive of Marvell Technology Group, one of the companies manufacturing these tiny power-plug sized computers, told the New York Times.

What’s in the plug? It’s a tiny plastic box that you plug into an electric outlet. There’s no display. But there is an Ethernet jack to connect to a home network and a USB socket for attaching a hard drive, camera or other device. Inside is a 1.2 gigahertz Marvell chip, called an application processor, running a version of the Linux operating system.

They envision a future of tiny ubiquitous computers that do everything from serve files to control home appliances. The plugs currently run $99, but they project prices will fall to $40 within the next two years. We’re dying to hear what projects you’d cook up with access to cheap $40 wall wart sized computers.

Original Source: [Lifehacker]

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The Nintendo System Found New Life As A Clock

il_430xn_70644535One day you’re just poking along, handling all your business NES-style, running games, having someone blow hot air into your space, and the next? You’ve been torn out of your cozy little home and someone’s fitting all sorts of new parts onto your body. This poor circuit board… from Nintendo to clock is a step down, but I bet it looks pretty good on the wall.

For the true Nintendo fan, can there be any other clock? Well, all other Nintendo-themed clocks aside, of course.

As amazing as this clock is, is it forty bucks amazing? The NES board clock is available at the GeekGear Etsy store, and it is a fine piece of time-telling machinery, as well as the guts of one of the greats. Guess it just depends on how big a fan you are.

Source: [Techna Bob]


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