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.
So I thought I'd take some time to share with all of you a few discoveries I've made over the past couple of weeks here and there. First off, here in Nashville, I was at the Belcourt Theater last week when I happened upon their November art exhibit. This month's showing featured the paintings of a local artist named Steven Knudson. I have to say that I love it when I stumble upon beautiful artwork without expecting it. Standing in the Belcourt lobby and absorbing these portraits of women playing musical instruments in desolate country fields just totally made my day. There's a sparse and dark loneliness about his work that I really love. Unfortunately, the exhibit goes down this weekend, but you can view just about all of the pieces on his official website. Just go here:http://www.stevenknudson.com Secondly, my sister posted video a couple of days ago on her blog. It was a cartoon that I will be posting tomorrow for my Video of the Week feature. In any case, this cartoon is one of many independently made Animation Short Films that can be seen for free on a wonderful website called aniboom. I wish I had a few minutes every day to watch all of the little clips they feature. They are all so brilliant!! Just go here to check it out:http://www.aniboom.com Lastly, I'm not sure if any of you ever click on the links I have on the right side of this blog. There happens to be a wee little link to a photo blog called "The Sartorialist" under the Fashion category. This is the photo blog of a world-reknown fashion photographer. He basically takes pictures of people out in the streets of whatever city he happens to be in at the time--Milan, Paris, Barcelona, Rio, London, and so many other places all over the world. I have to say that I appreciate fashion in an artistic sense more than a materialistic one. I could give a rat's ass about clothing labels and big names. Show me a suit that is tailored well or an outfit that presents a strong and rich perspective, and I will love you forever. I really love The Sartorialist for giving me a glimpse of how people choose to dress all over the world. Even the photos themselves are really wonderful! Check it out here:http://www.thesartorialist.com So, grab some coffee this Sunday morning and feel free to check out these really great sites. Beautiful paintings, fun animated films, and gorgeous everyday fashion await!! -g