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It’s Small Business Gadgets and Gizmos Week at SmallBusiness.com. And we’re blown away by this one: the Intel Compute Stick, a “PC-on-a-stick” that will turn your HDTV into a computer running Windows 8.1 or Linux. While the website teaser doesn’t go into great detail, ZDNet provides the following:
“More than just a media stick like the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the Compute Stick essentially squeezes the power of a tablet into the size of a pack of gum. While it can handle media streaming duties via its HDMI 1.4a port, its other specs let you do much more.”
Available starting March, the Windows 8.1 Compute Stick will cost $149 and the Linux version, $89.
While it won’t be a substitute for a full-featured desktop or mobile computer, creative small businesses will find an endless array of ways to use a low-cost computer plugged into an HDTV. For instance, highly sophisticated digital signage or video-rich presentations.
Stay tuned for more cool small business gadgets from CES 2015.
(Produced by Rex Hammock and Caroline Lewis)
(Photo: Smart Technologies)