Dell has now released its new $130 Wyse Cloud Connect dongle which allows you to bring your desktop computer along with you in your pocket, among other things. Mainly designed for businesses, the device hooks up to the back of any HDMI or MHL enabled display and will allow for remote desktop access through a number of different services like those from VMware, Microsoft or Citrix.
It also offers a full Android Jelly Bean UI as well the remote desktop access, essentially turning the display into a full on Android device with access to Google Play applications. Its larger than your average dongle and comes with a microSD slot (expandable up to 72GB flash storage), a micro USB host port, a mini-USB port and connects with your mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth or the aforementioned USB connector.
Wyse Cloud Connect has 1GB RAM, 8GB flash memory, 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band wireless, and packs a multi-core Cortex-A9 ARM SoC. It also supports the DisplayPort interface as well HDMI and MHL.
Like we mentioned above the device is mainly designed for business applications and includes a Cloud Connect dashboard that gives IT departments easy access to permissions and other settings for each dongle on its network. While there is certainly a business focus here, it is easy to see how this kind of tech could blossom into a more consumer friendly one, and Steve Lalla, Dell's GM of cloud client computing, seems to feel the same way. He said that "businesses already understand the value proposition of the technology," but that it will eventually "bleed into the consumer space."