Dell Files FCC Documents Regarding Project Ophelia Android Stick
The device, which is just a bit larger than a USB memory stick, would enable users to connect to their content and applications via any display.Dell officials in January announced the company's Project Ophelia, an Android-based device a bit larger than a USB memory stick that they said will be able to turn any display into a cloud-based computer. The device—now called the Wyse Cloud Connect—appears to be getting closer to its launch. Dell has filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) outlining test results and showing photos of the Wyse Cloud Connect device, and hands-on demonstrations of it are being promised at the Dell World 2013 event in Austin, Texas, in December. There are few specifics about the device in the FCC documents, particularly concerning such areas as the processor, storage or memory. However, the device appears to include a Micro SD slot, an HDMI/MHL (High Definition Multimedia Interface/Mobile High Definition Link) connector and a Micro USB OTG port/power input for the HDMI connection, and come with a number of cables. Project Ophelia and similar devices from other vendors—including Google and its Chromecast dongle—come at a time when the increasing mobility of consumers and business users is helping to fuel sales of tablets and smartphones at the expense of PCs, which have seen global sales decline for the past several quarters. Gartner analysts said in a report Oct. 21 that tablet shipments will increase 53.4 percent this year while PC shipments will fall 8.4 percent from 2012.
Dell and other vendors that have close ties with the PC business are looking for new form factors that will attract the attention of increasingly mobile, connected users. The idea behind Dell's Wyse Cloud Connect is that users can take their computing environments with them in the device, and access their content, photos, music and applications—which are stored in the cloud—from any display. They simply have to plug the device into the display via an HDMI or MHL port on the monitor.