Sure, you can play YouTube, Nexflix, and Hulu on your Chromecast, but can it run Photoshop or play Halo? At CES 2015, Intel showed off the HDMI Compute Stick, a very tiny computer that runs Windows 8.1 with Bing, and even though you probably do not want to run Photoshop or play Halo on such low specs, it is theoretically possible.
Inside the Compute Stick, Intel is including a quad-core Atom CPU with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage, along with a microSD slot to increase the internal storage, a USB port, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and mini-USB connector to power the device. However, Intel is planning to support HDMI power in the near future.
Although, I would not mind to have one for my main TV, Intel is aiming this device as a cheap computer that can also function as a thin-client for businesses.
According to the company, eventually the HDMI Compute Stick will also have a Core M version that will increase the speed of the device.
The Windows 8.1 with Bing version of the stick will cost $149, while the 1GB of RAM with 8GB of storage version running Linux will be priced at $89. Both versions will be available in March.