Is that a computer in your pocket, or…

LAST FRIDAY, FXI Technologies unveiled a prototype known as the “Cotton Candy” – a USB-sized device that “allows users a single, secure point of access to all personal cloud services and apps through their favorite operating system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen.”

The device holds a dual-core 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU, wi-fi, Bluetooth, an HDMI jack, even a microSD card slot. FXI stated that the Cotton Candy can be used as a companion for smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Macs, as well as any other gadgets that support USB mass storage.

Why Cotton Candy? Its weight – 21 grams – is the same as a bag of the fluffy stuff. Plug it (the device, not the fluff) into your PC, Mac, whatever, and your OS recognizes it as a USB drive. Launch the software and you can run its Android 2.3 environment in a secure window. Potentially, you could use this to connect to your iPhone or iPad and run Android – an interesting notion.

An even better scenario, especially for travelers: walk into any internet cafe, whip the CC out of your pocket, plug in, and you’ve basically got your own computer running on the cafe’s PC.