Here’s a computer that might prove useful, albeit a bit pricey, for some car stereo installations.
After 8 years of development, the Xi3 was launched at CES Unveiled this week. It’s a mini computer that is super lightweight—only 24 ounces—and small enough to hold in your hand.
It can be mounted anywhere, including the car, for use with a monitor and wireless keyboard.
What sets it apart beside its unusual design is its modular construction so it can be updated easily. Xi3 Corp. basically cut a mother board into three parts to create components that fit in the 4 inch cube and that slide out easily for replacement. The case has only 8 screws, says Engadget.
“We reject the concept that computers should have a useful life of only two to four years,” said Xi3 president and CEO Jason Sullivan. “Instead we believe that computers should be upgradeable and updateable over and over and over again, and that’s how we’ve designed the Xi3 Modular Computer, making it (potentially) the last computer you ever need to buy.”
The Xi3 picked up a CES Innovations award this week and will make its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
It will ship early next year at about $849 (without keyboard or monitor), although it’s available now in small quantities for testing.
The Xi3 uses an AMD dual core 1.8GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (and apparently ships without Windows).
It appears to be a pricey but different approach to computing.
Source: Xi3, Engadget