Dell is giving the Android operating system a second chance with its new product, the Project Ophelia. Project Ophelia is a dongle that is slightly larger than a thumb drive, but it packs a punch with its capability to turn a capable television or a monitor into a “functioning interactive display.”
The product, thus, could be seen as a tool to eliminate the need to carry around a laptop, or even a smartphone or tablet, to perform various tasks that typically require mobile devices or desktop computers. With the product, Dell claims that professionals who are always on the go can easily show presentations or work-related documents even if they do not have their mobile device with them, or in case these are misplaced or broken because of travel. Gamers would also benefit from the device as it allows them to enjoy the game’s visuals on a larger display. On the enterprise side, cloud access providers may also offer Project Ophelia along with their mobile services.
Dell Wyse, the company’s cloud services division, is behind the product, and has added extra features to the stick to differentiate it from Android dongles available in the market today, such as the FXI Cotton Candy. According to Dell Wyse, it is difficult today to access one’s files or entertainment subscription securely sans a laptop, smartphone or table. They are therefore answering that need with Project Ophelia.
The following are the key benefits of the product, as identified by Dell:
“- Enables instant and secure access to your personal cloud, entertainment, work content and applications wherever there is an available capable display (using a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse), including a wide variety of Dell flat-panel displays.
– Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth facilitates access and communication.
– Built on the Android 4 OS to support Web browsing, social networking, media playback and Android Apps
with a possibility to extend to other services.
– Securely connects to Windows desktops and applications running on back-end systems from all leading
infrastructure providers including Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.
– Flexibly powered zero-battery device gets power from the attached display monitor via its MHL interface
to the monitor’s MHL port, or separately via its own USB interface. No batteries to charge or change.
– Remembers settings for each individual to enhance usability.
– Compatible with many existing Dell Wyse thin clients and software products.”
Dell has not given many specifics about how one would use the device, but more information should become available once it nears its launch.
Project Ophelia will be released sometime during the first half of the year.