Check out this project at Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/484889112/the-pocket-tv-makes-any-tv-a-smart-tv
And an Android one with a review over at Liliputing http://liliputing.com/2012/05/74-pc-on-a-stick-features-allwinner-a10-cpu-android-4-0.html
It depends why you carry a laptop with you, but many travelers would be able to leave it at home once they get one of these. For me, my work requires consultation over Skype video conferencing, so plugging in a webcam is essential.
There are some disadvantages. You can't just start using this in the middle of the airport because you need to plug into a tv. But I find that if you stay at a motel, or even rent a furnished apartment, TV's with HDMI/USB are available. Also in places like Korea and Japan, there are special study rooms / coffee shop hybrid places that have those TV's on the wall for you to do presentations.
At this stage in the development of these small PC's, you'll find yourself plugging in tonnes of peripherals.
What are your thoughts on this kind of computing? Does it work for you?
I thought of this idea for anyone who can''t afford an ultrabook right now, and who mainly does less CPU intensive computer use. Get a Motorola Atrix lapdock (new for $50 on sale sometimes) and plug a mini PC like the MK802 into it. Now you have a really slim portable computer capable of booting Ubuntu for about $125. There might be some portability benefits like leaving your lapdock at your apartment and plugging the MK802 into a TV if you're just staying at a hotel for a day or two.
Whether it will be right for you depends on how you use your computer.
I can't really imagine using this in place of a laptop, especially now that laptops are so tiny and awesome (check out the Asus UX21A, which will be my next laptop once they release it). However... I really want something like this for my RV to run security cameras / downloads / etc for while I'm gone. Probably going to go with a Raspberry Pi at some point.
Our most popular Life Nomadic article last year was our complete packing list. Since then we've learned a lot, made a lot of changes, and managed to pack a lot more into the same tiny amount of space.
There are a few areas where slight improvement could be made, which you'll hear me talk about in the video, but overall this collection of stuff represents everything a traveler needs to travel through just about anywhere on the planet, live comfortably, and keep connected.
I've consolidated most of the stuff I pack into an Amazon store, which you can access here: Life Nomadic Store. If you use that link, or the Amazon links below, I get a commission. Other good places to buy this sort of gear are ebay and outdoor shops like REI and MEC, although neither store carries most of the gear.
I used to dislike to work. I saw how most people lived their lives, slogging through work that they hated, and I was determined not to fall into that trap. I made the mistake of generalizing, lumping all work together in the same bucket.
Since then, things have changed. In terms of monumental personal life changes, becoming a hard worker is the most recent one I've undergone. About a year ago, for reasons I touched on in this post, I decided that it was imperative for me to become a hard worker. I didn't do it because I had suddenly fallen in love with work, but rather because I had began to feel as though I was behind. And believe me, it wasn't love at first sight.
To fall in love with hard work, you must understand why it's necessary. When I was young I was told that sugar was bad, but I never understood exactly why it was bad, so I kept eating it. Only when I learned how it chemically affected my body did I finally give it up. The same is true of work-- if you don't know why you have to work hard and love it, you'll probably never actually do it.
Work is your gift to the world. That sounds corny, but it's true. And believe me, you owe the world a gift or two. Think of all of the various things that millions of people around the world have done for you to enjoy the life you have. They made up languages, invented stuff, procreated at the exact right times to create your ancestry, and managed to not kill each other in the process. We're lucky to be here, and the high standard of living we all enjoy now is only because of those who came before us. Some, like Einstein, had huge impact, but even people you don't notice, like the janitors, are making your life better.