Jan 8, 2013
Dell Wyse has a new small form factor piece of Android-powered technology that hopes to turn any display into a way to manage cloud-based content. Codenamed Project Ophelia, this small dongle, resembling a USB stick but instead having an HDMI MHL output, allows users to connect to a wifi network and connect Bluetooth accessories to turn a monitor or TV into a productive device.
Now, this kind of device is nothing new – various Chinese manufacturers have made similar devices, but this one promises to differentiate itself by integrating in Dell Wyse’s cloud services. It has integrated enterprise security for secure access from various users. It can interface with remote desktop software from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware. It’s compatible with many Dell Wyse thin clients. It’s built on an unspecified Android 4.x version, so it will be compatible with many recent Android features.
Software support is often the concern with many of these Android-on-a-dongle devices, particularly their unofficial nature that may have limited access to services like Google Play. However, with a clear goal for this device, this could be interesting for business users or anyone just looking for a useful, portable Android device to use on a large display. Project Ophelia should be available in the first half of 2013.