$9 Pocket Computer Built for Work, Play and Everything in Between
The size and cost of computers has stayed comparatively the same over the past five years and now, similarly to Steve Jobs and his initial small team at Apple, a few guys in a garage in Oakland, CA have created a tiny computer that is set to retail at only $9.
C.H.I.P. is a portable pocket chip computer that functions in the same way as day-to-day devices. And yes, the descriptor “pocket” is no exaggeration:
It is designed to work with any screen no matter how old or what size and connects via the built-in composite output or a simple adapter for either VGA or HDMI.
Compared to others in the market, aside from it being significantly smaller and a fraction of the price, it has features that could rival a Macbook Pro. It has the ability to connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it uses LibreOffice to edit spreadsheets, create word documents or craft presentations, it has thousands of free apps and users can even go on it to play games, both retro and new.
Although, due to its size it only has 4 GB of storage, it has the added bonus of being able to teach the user coding as it comes pre-loaded with Scratch, an easy to learn language that teaches the basics of programming by making stories, games, and animations.
The team’s aim was to produce something tangible that’s an affordable alternative to computers as we know them today. With this in mind, and a fun Kickstarter campaign that has exceeded its $50,000 goal by raising $1.2 million and climbing, could this be the new team to rival the big players?