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Chromebit is here

It was just a matter of time and it would have arrived. Actually I remember presenting it in a book I wrote several years ago (1999, the disappearance of telecommunications) as a natural evolution of computers. 
We have seen few years ago the use of flash pen to take your data space with you ready to be plugged in into any computer to make that become, as long as the dongle was plugged in, your computer.
Now Google has announced a flash pen sized processing device, Chromebit, that can be plugged in into a screen, like a television. Just to avoid possible confusion it was not announced on April 1st but on March 31st.
It should be available this Summer at a price point lower than a hundred dollars.
It comes with 16GB of memory and a HDMI port for high definition display. It is more powerful than the Chromecast stick, that lets your television receive streaming television programs, so it can run normal applications, like office. It has a Google Chrome OS and you can run whatever runs on that OS.
Interestingly, in the presentation Google said that given the decrease in price of television screens and the low cost of the Chromebit it may turn out that it would be the same to print a 42" ads to hang in a shop or to hang a video screen and display images with Chromebit!
Amazing the progress we have seen, and are seeing, in processing. Of course, the price of microprocessor is so low that one may wonder if the future will see any object embedding a computer, just in case. No more need for dongles by the end of this decade….

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.