The Space Cube – The world’s smallest computer?

By | August 31, 2008

I think this computer is one of the smallest, if not the smallest computer in existence. Introducing the Space Cube, a computer designed for use in space, where size and compactness is of great importance. So is having a Space Wire (?), apparently for use in connecting electrical gadgets while in space (might be good for earth too).

And at 2 x 2 x 2.2 inches in dimension, or roughly 5 x 5 x 5 cm on all sides; that means it can easily fit into your pocket, and be taken anywhere. Actually, the Space Cube was out even back in 2006, so it’s not like it came out yesterday. Developed by Shimafuji, it comes with a 300 MHz processor, 64 Mb of SDRAM, and 1 GB of Flash memory.

Although its specs don’t measure up to our current desktop/notebook standards, there is a lot of room for improving on this. I’m still waiting for the day when we can have entry level personal computers that we can take anywhere in our pockets. While the price (after the “technical issues are ironed out”) is definitely hefty, this is obviously something that belongs in the geek’s collection.

Another example of a functioning mini computer (which doesn’t compare with the Space Cube in size) at the moment, is this Linux mini PC. While being larger, it is nonetheless “enterprise ready,” and runs on Linux as well.

The Space Cube

Image source: PC Pro
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