A whole computing experience, fusing home and work applications, packed into a diminutive USB stick. That’s Project Ophelia, the forthcoming product from Dell Wyse that we saw previewed at MWC this week.
Plug Ophelia into any compatible TV or monitor and the user has a fully functioning personal display device without the need for a PC or even a phone or tablet. Dell Wyse, the cloud subsidiary of the giant US manufacturer, has leveraged its existing technology from a portfolio of IT services to create a truly intriguing product that brings convenience to a whole new level.
Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the stick includes support for the usual peripherals like your mouse and keyboard, and with a decent Wi-Fi connection all your typical web browsing and application management can take place as normal.
Project Ophelia (a name that will disappointingly be dropped for something far more sterile when the product comes to market later this year) was designed primarily as a tool for the enterprise. Compatibility with Dell Wyse services like Pocket Cloud allows an IT administrator to control exactly what can and cannot be done on the device, and the capabilities demonstrated to us suggested it would slot perfectly into an organisation’s BYOD structure.
But the ability to access personal content likes games, music and video, plus a price point of around $99 (£65), means it can equally be seen as a consumer product. The accessible Android platform and the ease in which it can be used certainly indicated that Ophelia will drum up significant interest among everyday buyers.
“Customers have been asking us forever for their devices to be smaller and lower cost,” Dell’s Marketing Director for EMEA, David Angwin (pictured above) told us. “This is setting the standard in smaller and lower cost.”