Pico ITX

  • Behold The Lightbulb Computer

    Pico computing is nothing new, but this takes it to a whole new level. This particular set up uses a light bulb socket as a mount (but not as a source of power). Conceived, designed, and produced by some students at MIT, this computer uses a pico projector to put a touch display on any surface. The students mounted the computer on a motorized arm, allowing it to track movements. Most… Read More

  • Review: VIA Artigo Pico-ITX Builder Kit A1000

    Say you needed a small PC with low power requirements to install inside a car or even inside a PCs drive bay. Well, friend, you should consider $300 VIA’s Artigo Pico-ITX. This tiny thing out-minis the Mac Mini and can run fast enough to put some of your older PCs to shame. Read More

  • (Robot) BEAR to the rescue

    This is where it all began. Remember that. When the robot overlords are eating our children and grinding the rest of us into slurry, it will be all because of how robots are treated in the next century. This is nothing new; we all know it is coming. Humans build robots, robots take over, children get eaten. Hell, it’s even in the bible. Look it up. At the recent Taipei International… Read More

  • The Naked Pico-ITX challenge has begun

    They were still taking bets when I heard about this about a week ago, but now the challenge has begun. For those of you not in the know, Technovoyance and VIA doing a stunt right now where they’re running this super-efficient little Pico-ITX chipset with no fans, no heatsink or anything until it croaks. They took bets from people on how long it would go with the prize being a build kit… Read More

  • New fanless Pico-ITX board from VIA, plus a contest

    VIA has a new motherboard with an embedded 500MHz VIA Eden ultra low voltage processor (it runs at one watt). The board is called the VIA EPIA PX500EG and, in order to show off its cooling abilities — even sans fan — VIA Arena is hosting the Naked Pico Challenge, where it’ll run a system loaded with Ubuntu and playing an MPEG-4 video continuously until it dies. Oh, and… Read More

  • New Tiny Pico-ITX Form Factor Is (Almost) Here

    Get ready for a tiny, tiny motherboard. If you’re looking to build, say, a system that fits in a box of Pop Tarts, the Pico-ITX form factor is right up your alley. Although it was announced way back in 2004, it’s just now becoming available in small quantities and should be plentiful very soon. It’s 3.9-inches by 2.8-inches and contains an embedded VIA C7 processor running… Read More