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Intel's Compute Stick - an entire PC in an HDMI dongle - certainly impressed earlier this month at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, but what if I told you that it is possible to shove a full-blown computer into a PC mouse?
That's exactly what engineers at polish startup Mouse-Box are attempting to pull off.
Their PC-in-a-mouse, also called Mouse-Box, is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex processor clocked at 1.4GHz with 128GB of onboard flash storage. The computer also sports 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a microHDMI port, an accelerometer and a gyroscope. The team has additionally been working to add a wireless transmission module.
Mouse-Box will ship with a special inductive charging pad that can be used as a wireless charger for the PC or folded and used as a regular box. Oh, and Mouse-Box also functions as a regular computer mouse.
The idea behind the Mouse-Box isn't just to prove it can be done but to give users the ability to have their personal computer with them at all times. All that'll be needed is a display.
The project appears to still be in the early stages of development but the concept certainly seems promising. At this point, it's unclear if the company plans to continue development on their own, take the crowd-funding approach or look for investors to help finish it up and get it out the door.
With a few additional features (Bluetooth connectivity and a microSD card slot come to mind), the Mouse-Box could be a serious contender in the bring-your-own-computer movement.