Small Business Gadget: The Chromebit

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A part of our continuing series: Small Business Gadgets

Google today announced the summer launch by ASUS of a new product called the Chromebit, a “computer on a stick” device that looks like a ChromeCast. But unlike a ChromeCast, when it plugs into an HDTV, it doesn’t merely stream video, it turns the HDTV into a Chrome computer. (Okay, not an actual computer as it doesn’t include a keyboard–but stop complaining when we tell you the price).

“Smaller than a candy bar, the Chromebit is a full computer that will be available for less than $100. By simply plugging this device into any display, you can turn it into a computer,” said Google engineer Katie Roberts-Hoffman.

If the concept sounds familiar, you may be recalling the Intel Compute Stick that we previously featured as a Small Business Gadget earlier this year.

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As there are now at least two such devices, we’re guessing this is now an official category of computing device. (Computer sticks?)

(via: Google Chrome Blog)