Turn Any Display Into a PC With This Google Stick

Published on May 4, 2015

Google has officially found a way to make PCs exceptionally affordable... and bite sized.

Yes, Wired recently reported that the market will soon be welcoming the Asus Chromebit - a tiny PC the size of a cigar which can be plugged into an LCD display or TV to create your own personal computer on the go. The Chromebit can effectively run word processors, create spreadsheets, send email, and view online video.

We are expecting the device to hit the market this summer, priced as less than $100.

An Overview of the Asus Chromebit

The OS of the Chromebit is designed around the Google Chrome web browser. Specifically, it runs best for internet-based applications like Google's Gmail email service along with Google Docs and other Google-based applications. The Chromebit seems to reduce dependance on local software on traditional PCs, instead opting for (cheaper) internet-based storage solutions.

The devices are equipped with an HDMI port which provides a way to make computing an extremely portable phenomenon.

The Future of Advertisements?

With improved portability and affordability, Wired postulates that this type of trend could "accelerate the rise of computerized displays in stores in restaurants."

This is in part to do with cost-effectiveness. Digital signage may be an easier form of advertizement than paper print ads, as a print out sign as Kinkos could cost you around $200 whereas a the same price could also get you a 42-inch LCD and a Chromebit (not to mention the ability to easily change out advertisements in the future).

Google is working to provide ways of running local software as well, including adapted versions of online tools for offline usage, including Google Docs and Gmail. There should also be some integrated business software from companies like SAP and smartphone/tablet Android apps re-orchestrated for this OS.

The differentiation between PC, TV, tablet, smartphone, and other seems to becoming more and more blurred as time goes on. Perhaps the Chromebit provides a glimpse into the future of our technology?