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DreamPlug: Tiny Linux Computer That Looks Like A Power Plug

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Wouldn’t you want a teeny tiny computer with no video card? Well if you do, then you can be very happy because the DreamPlug will start shipping later this month. The DreamPlug is a small computer that almost looks like a power plug.

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Since the Linux-based DreamPlug doesn’t have a video card, it can’t drive an external monitor, which means that it’s best used as a web or application server. It has a 1.2GHz Marvell Sheeva processor, 1GB of RAM, and a bunch of ports including 2 Ethernet, 2 USB, 1 eSATA 2.0, 1 SD slot. It also has 802.11b/g WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1 built in. It’s also got analog and digital audio outputs if you want to use it as a tiny music server.

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The DreamPlug will cost $149 (USD) and it looks like something pretty cool for specialized applications, but has limited uses for the everyday user.

[via Ubergizmo]






Comments (11):

  1. Technabob says:

    Since it has USB ports, I wonder if you could use it to drive a DisplayLink USB monitor. I don’t see why not.

  2. Marcus says:

    Yes, it can drive a DisplayLink monitor. See http://www.newit.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1078.0.html

  3. Jerome says:

    Looks cool, and I can think of a few great uses for something like this.

    That said, most people’s outlets are 12-18″ above the floor. Given the orientation of logo, and the location of the status LEDs, to see what’s going on with the system if it’s plugged into a wall socket, you have to get down on your hands and knees. Should’ve put them on the top.

    • Jim says:

      It doesn’t look like the power plug is keyed, so you could probably put it in the socket so the lights face up.

      Oh, and it looks like the base is detachable (look on their site for more pics).

  4. Jascha says:

    Cool. But could really benefit from an outlet pass-through. Also kind of surprised that it only has up to -G wifi, but does have bluetooth. Anyone know if those ethernet ports are 100Mb or 1Gb?

  5. Matt Simmons says:

    By “music server”, I’m certain you mean “music client”, and I can have my music follow me around my apartment.

  6. Rc3 says:

    The spec says it comes with 512Mb of RAM, the 1GB ram mentioned in this post is for an upgraded version?

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