A computer that fits in your space suit pocket

PC Pro raves over one of the tiniest commercially available computers, saying it's been "inspiring awe and provoking disbelieving reactions across the PC Pro office."

Should a computer ever be described as "cute?" The Space Cube shows that's surely open to debate.

After drooling over the tiny available-only-in-Japan Space Cube, PC Pro finally got one, and has done a rather lengthy review of the adorably twee computer. The Space Cube measures 2 square inches on each side of the cube, and is made by the Shimafuji Corporation. The price? Reportedly 1,500 pounds, or $2,750. (Editor's note: Wow.)

Space Cube PC
PCPro

The guys over there are clearly smitten. Since the Space Cube has arrived, it's been "inspiring awe and provoking disbelieving reactions across the PC Pro office," according to the review.

OK, but what's inside?

According to PC Pro, the Space Cube has a processor with a top clock speed of 300 megahertz, and 16MB of on-board flash memory. The Red Hat Linux operating system runs on a 1GB CompactFlash card.

But the coolest part of the Space Cube is the 'space' part. There's a tiny socket in the computer called the Space Wire port that acts as an interface used by NASA, ESA, and JAXA, the space agencies of the U.S., Europe, and Japan, respectively to link up proprietary systems each agency uses.

Whenever this little guy does make it outside of Earth's atmosphere, the socket will connect sensors and processing units, and perform other computing tasks, according to the review.

For more details, check out their review here.

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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