The Dell Inc. (formerly Dell Computer), one of the leading American multinational computer technology corporation based in Round Rock, Texas, United States, that develops, sells, repairs and supports computers and related products and services, is said to be working on a new device under the code-name “Project Ophelia”.
Most of the time, little computers aren’t products of the big name hardware manufacturers. Dell has apparently taken note of the tiny computer market, and has responded with the oft-rumored Project Ophelia, a $100 Android-powered USB stick PC that plugs into any monitor’s HDMI slot.
Here are some of it’s features:
It can also be used to power virtual instances of other desktop operating systems on a remote server or in the cloud. Sources from IDG News Service says, Dell’s Project Ophelia “can turn any screen or display with an HDMI port into a PC, gaming machine, or streaming media player.”
For the past five years, Dell has been moving gradually away from its consumer PC roots. The company’s desktop and mobile computer business has suffered in the global PC-buying slump of the last year. Its consumer segment has been losing money, while the enterprise business outside of PC sales accounts for a majority of Dell’s revenue. The struggling PC vendor will apparently use Ophelia to help reinvent itself as company founder Michael Dell continues his efforts to take Dell private, and now the computer on a stick is one step closer to launching.
“Project Ophelia” will be available during the first half of this year. Now it’s shipping to beta testers ahead of a public release scheduled for this fall. The device will be priced around $100, IDG claims.