We have known about the Raspberry Pie, the $25 credit-card sized computer launched about three years ago. It was definitely a game changer, but there’s something new in the small sized affordable computer market now. The $9 computer!
Yes!! You heard me correct, there’s something cheaper and better that could probably crush the Raspberry Pi and even its successor Raspberry Pi 2.
The $9 computer
Next Thing Co., an Oakland, California based start-up company announced the product, named as C.H.I.P via a Kickstarter campaign, asking for $50,000. In fact, this goal of theirs has blown way past to about $2 million dollars. Chip is a fully functional computer and costs just $9. The Linux computer packs with 1GHz R8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and can run anything from Libre Office to Chromium browser to check emails or surf the internet. The board device comes with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. Why not play a game from your Bluetooth controller then?
CHIP can be connected into most TVs using the integrated composite video port or could connect to a display using VGA adapter or HDMI adapter, which adds $10 and $15 respectively to the $9 price.
The CHIP also consists of a USB and a micro USB port so that you cannot to a keyboard or a mouse.
Next thing Co. has also introduced a handheld computer that the CHIP can be fit into, with a 4.3-inch touch screen (470 X 272 pixels), a 3000 mAH battery keyboard which suits this powerful $9 computer just right . I give you that the smartphone can be more powerful but for $50, this is the portable computer I would certainly buy.
You can order the $9 computer at KickStarter