There has been a lot of excitement and discussion around the new compute stick—the latest form factor to join the desktop family. Lately, I’ve been getting a bunch of questions about it: What is it? What do I need to use it? What can I do with it? Where can I get one? The fact that I’m receiving so many questions tells me there’s a lot of interest out there—and for good reason.
I’m really excited about this newest innovation and how it allows people to bring computing to new devices and new areas. Here are answers to some of the most common questions I’ve been getting, but please don’t hesitate to reach out if you don’t find the information you’re looking for.
What Is a Compute Stick?
To put it simply, compute sticks are small, light devices that allow you to turn any HDMI display into a desktop computer. They’re barely bigger than a thumb drive, but they allow you to add computing functionality to any display with an HDMI input. And its size allows you to bring the compute stick with you wherever you go.
What Do I Need to Use a Compute Stick?
All you need is a display that has an HDMI input and a wireless keyboard and mouse. What’s got people so excited is the total freedom of that. Just think; you can enjoy computer access anywhere you have those simple ingredients. Pretty cool.
What Can I Do with a Compute Stick?
You can do many of the same things you love to do on your computer. We’re talking searching the Web, sharing photos, doing email, and keeping up on social media. Additionally, you can stream content from a local network, or any Internet source, allowing you to access the content you want on the displays you want. With a compute stick you can also add simple digital signage capabilities to any HDMI display. Finally, its size and portability free you to bring your computing with you, whether you’re on a business trip or a vacation. Just plug it into the back of the TV in your hotel room and your display can be turned into an engaging, connected device.
Where Can I Get a Compute Stick?
There are several compute stick devices in the marketplace today, including the Intel Compute Stick, and we expect to see more from other manufacturers in the coming weeks and months.
If you have any other questions, please let me know in the comments below or on social media with #IntelDesktop, and I’ll address them in future posts.