The Rasberry Pi has been burning up the techie scene for the last year, offering a highly programmable and expandable platform to run any number of small computing projects, and even some games. But what it’s not is friendly for large deployment, especially in an enterprise situation, or for Joe Sixpack who is a lot more interested in plug and play than tweaking their gear. But now there’s a straight up, Windows-running mini-computer, similar in scale to the Raspberry Pi, but based entirely on PC architecture. Although it looks to be designed more for military and industrial use, BioDigital PC is so small and thin that it can fit in the credit card slot of your wallet. It’s also waterproof, so when that wallet ends up in the wash, as they always seem to, it won’t break, and it’s designed to slot into, and power the computing functions of, a wide variety of auxiliary devices.
The issue as I see with this admittedly cool device is the price. At a minimum price of entry of $580 (with more robust models selling for $999), the BioDigital PC isn’t as casual-consumer friendly as the marketing language makes it appear. Sure its power footprint is as close to zero as we get these days, which makes it appealing to energy-conscious shoppers, but $580 builds a heck of a gree HTPC, a decent laptop, or any number of other devices that could be used for the same purposes (just, of course, without the compact size and waterproofing). And with an Intel Atom processor on board, it has practically zero appeal for gamers. So while I wish the BioDigital PC the best of luck in the enterprise market, I’m not enthusiastic about the platform even achieving the penetration of CableCARD in the domestic market.
Specs for the top-of-the-line BioDigital PC 6 are as follows:
- Intel Dual-Core Processor running at 1.86GHz
- 4GB of DDR3 RAM
- 128GB SSD Storage Space
- Size: 86mm x 52mm x 6mm
Produce Page: [BioDigital PC]