Did you think the Linux-running Utilite 2 desktop was small? Brace yourself, because there’s something even smaller on the horizon. The Mouse Box, as the name suggests, is both a mouse and full-fledged PC.
If by full-fledged PC, you understand a humble system capable of basic computing tasks with a quad-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex processor inside. Obviously, Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 support is mission impossible for the creators of the one-of-a-kind Mouse Box. But maybe Windows 10 compatibility isn’t.
Let’s not dream too big though, and be happy if the pocketable, wireless computer sees daylight running Linux or Android. Right now it’s merely a prototype, likely to end up on crowd-funding websites down the line. No targeted release date is mentioned, no price tag, no nothing.
Just a neat, nearly utopian concept also involving no chargers and almost no cords whatsoever. To juice up the Mouse Box, the designers are currently working on a “special” pad using inductive charging technology.
There’s even a way to hook up the thing to a monitor from a distance, no strings attached (literally), via a wireless image transfer module compatible to HDMI, VGA and DVI-equipped screens. Or you can go the old-fashioned route and connect the Mouse Box to a monitor or TV through the micro HDMI port.
Somehow, the contraption is envisioned as holding 128GB of flash internal storage, while the rest of the features so far publicized include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, two USB 3.0 hubs, an accelerometer and gyroscope.
Not quite an impressive spec sheet… for a “normal” mini PC, but there’s hardly anything run-of-the-mill about the Mouse Box. Always capable of switching between mouse and desktop modes, or even do both jobs simultaneously, it’s a bolder idea than stick PCs in many ways, although it’s slightly larger and, presumably, heftier.