TechHive: ICE turns to the crowd to fund its xPC modular computer

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thumbnail ICE turns to the crowd to fund its xPC modular computer
Jan 15th 2014, 21:54, by Mark Hachman

At the end of a long day, did you ever wish that you could slip your PC into your pocket, rather than your backpack? ICE Computer says that vision will be a reality by summer—but it needs your help.

ICE wants to raise $300,000 via Indiegogo to fund the final development of the ICE xPC, a modular computer whose basic core can slide into a variety of docking stations from a tablet, to a notebook, to a desktop. ICE says that "early birds" will be able to buy the xPC desktop adapter and xPC itself for $369 including a Windows 8 license, and up to $579 for a bundle that adds a 10.1-inch tablet sleeve to the mix.

The company hopes that instead of lugging around a bulky laptop, consumers will choose to slip the 4-ounce xPC into their pocket—at 4.87 inches by 2.31 inches by 0.35 inches, the device is about the size of a smartphone—and simply take their office with them. Over time, the company says it hopes to build a smartphone that simply adds a display and cellular radio to the modular concept as well.

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The ICE xPC and desktop docking station (right).

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