McNaught also touts Ophelia's use in signage displays and sales presentations. Someone could take the device into a meeting and plug it into a large monitor.
Before it became part of Dell, Wyse was prone to trying new ways to extend mobility.
In 2007, the company released a laptop thin client with no disk drive or fan and a long battery life. It was using a browser with an embedded version of Microsoft Windows XPe.
A lot has changed since then; the spread of Android operating system, app stores and services such as Dropbox.
While Ophelia can run native applications, McNaught sees it as more of a device for working in a cloud-enabled environment. "A personal cloud is made up of devices that you already own," he said, which includes everything from a home PC to a virtual machine at work.
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