The 9$ Computer - Here to revolutionize the way computers are!
27th September 2015Category : ProductsPublished by :Yuvan Subramani Reading Time : 4 Minute News Sourced : India
Let us just say that the expectations were always there for them. But, apparently, they have come back and come back in a better way! After having appealed to backers on the global crowd-funding project, Kickstarter, Next Thing Co., consisting of a group of nine engineers and artists, have made their dream come true.
Next Thing Co. unveiled their progress in making a nine-dollar computer CHIP a few days back, which has multiple features as with any other normal, macro-sized personal computers. This California-based group managed to raise a crowd-funding of 2 million USD on their Kickstarter campaign, and now their plans of releasing a super-cheap computer has finally come to fruition. The CEO of Next Thing Co., Dave Rauchwerk, recently released a statement regarding the distribution of these 9$ computers to the earliest of backers within the next 7-9 days, starting September 26, 2015.
This new launch of the 9$ computer called CHIP, which stands for "Computer Hardware in Products", may well be a major breakthrough in extending the generation of introducing super-cheap computers for consumer purposes, so that it may be available for the common man. Though we have had the classic, programmer favourite Raspberry Pi, which helped geeks and people with a coding interest with their coding and programming aspects, this 9$ multi-tasking computer board promises more than just a cheaper price than the Raspberry Pi or the BeagleBone Black for that matter.
The specifications of this little wonder seem pretty impressive for the common eye - it has a simple Linux basis to its core programming structure (back to the classics!), has a 1 Gigahertz R8 ARM processor, an ostentatious 512 MB of RAM, and a clean, 4 GB OF eMMC ( a Multi Media Card, which is a solid-state storage device for data. Despite this list being enough for its price, there is more to this card than that. What makes it stand apart from others is its impressive in-built features - WiFi and Bluetooth. Other than this, one more advantage of this is the mobility which this computer offers, which is made possible by the complex structures of the circuit patterns in the card.
As of their Kickstarter campaigning video that was released on YouTube on May 8, 2015, the makers claim that we could also connect it to VGA, HDMI, surf the web through the in-built WiFi and also play games using the Bluetooth controller. There is also an additional feature, that adds to the beauty of the product design of CHIP. There is a controller device that comes along with it, called Pocket Chip, which makes CHIP portable, as we can connect our CHIP into it and take it anywhere we want. This Pocket Chip has an LCD screen, a QWERTY keypad with an internal battery. Together with this Pocket Chip, the total cost comes around a comfortable 50 US dollars. The video also has the makers telling us about helping us maintain a steady flow in our projects.
It seems all right as far as the functioning of this CHIP is considered. And one can only hope to get this in their hands as soon as possible. This may be a big breakthrough in making compact technologies, for the ease of use for people all across the world. The added advantage would be the irreplaceable mobility that such devices offer. Well, this certainly seems like a great way forward, kind of like a conversion of personal computers to the sleek and portable laptops. Now, we have a 9$ computer. Well, changing times, demand a lot of changing things! Over to nano technology now!