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Posted On July 3, 2021
Unbranded laptops and netbooks are now cheap enough to go unnoticed by consumers.
They’re also the mainstay of the Internet of Things.
If you want to build a smart home, you need an IoT platform to manage all the things that need to be connected.
Dell is no longer the only laptop maker making a foray into IoT, but it’s an important one: The company announced the first ever $20,000 crowdfunding campaign to support the creation of a low-cost, high-capacity laptop that runs the open source Linux operating system.
The Dell Chromebook 2, which is also called a laptop, is designed for students who need a laptop with a touchpad and a large screen.
“Students need laptops that have the capability to do everything they do in a way that’s accessible, convenient, and affordable,” says Chris Stiglich, vice president of product marketing at Dell.
“We see Chromebooks as the next generation of laptops.”
Stigli’s team was inspired by the Raspberry Pi, which has the same idea, except with the added bonus of an ARM Cortex-A9 processor.
With the Chromebook 2 and its Raspberry Pi-compatible chips, the Dell team has a Chromebook with a Raspberry Pi inside.
The first Chromebooks are expected to hit shelves in mid-2018.
The goal is to create a low, affordable Chromebook that’s easy to use, with a low price point and a touchscreen that works well with any Android tablet or smartphone.
The laptop’s built-in touchpad is small and comfortable, and it supports both gestures, such as swiping left and right, and the double-tap gesture for fast access to files and apps.
“The first thing you’ll notice about this Chromebook is that it’s not like an old laptop,” says Matt Gollner, senior product manager at Dell, which partnered with Intel and Qualcomm to bring the Chromebook to market.
“It’s smaller, lighter, and cheaper.”
The Dell’s new Chromebook 2 will be sold in the United States.
Dell plans to sell a version of the Chromebook with the ARM chip that runs on its own chip in the future.
“When you combine the power of an Intel-powered ARM chip with the ease of an open source OS, we think this is a Chromebook that will revolutionize the way we use devices in the next decade,” says John McAfee, director of product strategy at Dell and founder of McAfee Security.
Dell’s Chromebook 2 laptop is a good example of what’s coming in the IoT.
The company has developed a system that allows the system to run in the cloud, where it can access all the connected devices that it has connected to it.
The system uses its proprietary platform, Dell Cloud, to access and manage these connected devices.
The Chromebook 2 is one of a number of devices that Dell is working on that will be made with the Open Platform.
For example, the company is developing a small IoT hub that will connect to the cloud and control a laptop that’s connected to the hub.
Dell will also develop an open-source hardware platform called Dell IoT that will let developers build smart home devices that can act as devices in your home.
For more information about Dell’s IoT efforts, see the company’s blog post on the project.