I think it has applicability for home entertainment too. I've had to dedicate a PC to my TV and sound system at home, in order to get true "connectivity." What the so-called "connected TVs" should, but do not, provide. There's a lot of radio and TV content on the web these days. Content that the "connected TVs" available on store shelves cannot access.
Possibly, a device like this one could have taken the place of the PC.
good point. sounds like this device is a ipad without screen. it is better add phone function to be a smart phone. i believe it is very helpful for travel entertainment, but may not be good for home entertainment. if kids want to play video game, probably wii, ps3 or xbox is much better. i believe this is a good technolony, but could be applied in more area. let's brainstorming for Gao.
Hi, GREAT-Terry. Sorry, I probably didn't make it clear in the story. This company has NOT reached a $1 billion revenue goal. It's the goal every Chinese fabless ia gunning for. But the point is that while his company has not achieved that yet, Gao doesn't see it being his end game.
This is not really a new concept other than navigation, but it really does not completely solve the user interface which is the issue. Yes it has a level of optical navigation (where?? -- it is a USB thumb drive plugged somewhere not easily accessible). So to that end, while I think it will have some level of success, I question how much. It does have the same issue as other computing devices .... obsolete as soon as it is built.
Of course, there is that other issue. What are the odds that someone will own this device, but not own a smartphone that is likely newer, faster, etc? Perhaps the real market is better phone to TV connectivity?
they shrunk the raspberry:
been eyeing one of these:
I want one! Two years ago! Way to go, Apexone.
Since the TV application was mentioned explicitly, imagine what the supposedly "connected TV" vendors will think of this. A thumb drive to really make their "barely connected" TVs truly "connected."
I'm unclear on how the keyboard feature works, especially because it doesn't require a touchscreen, but to me that's details. However it works now, more than likely modifications can be made to fit each use case.
Wow, it seems the muPad is a very amazing device. What is more important is this company which has only 40 people is already a $1B company! It is so encouraging to see Chinese startup can have such a great innovation and even own so many patents!
This does sound very similar to FXITech's "Cotton Candy" USB pc. They are about to start shipping pre-orders. I guess muPad's point of difference may be its optical navigation interface if it is user friendly enough.
I suppose we could see a variety of different USB pc options in the near future depending who holds what patent?