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The Hive's Amplicity is a modular, smartphone-sized PC with a graphics card dock

Mark Hachman | Jan. 8, 2015
Think you haven't seen anything truly new at CES? Then check out The Hive's Amplicity line that includes two dockable computers, one sold entirely by subscription.

The Amplicity modules--about the size of a Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, though much thicker--slid easily in and out of their docking stations when we tried them. But what happens if they slip out of a pocket, on a subway or bus? Unfortunately, unlike a smartphone, there are no location services to track it down, executives said. But it is a Windows machine, so it will require a password to log on and use.

Why this matters:  Some might argue that smartphones are today's modern computers, and that laptops and tablets can step in and serve as true mobile solutions. But there's an ambition of design here that I haven't seen in some time. It's hard to believe that The Hive is going to change the world overnight. Even if this year's CES didn't seem determined to sell you sensors that can track your every sniff and gurgle, a modular computer like the The Hive's Amplicity would stand out. It's just this year, it feels even fresher.


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