CHIP is a single-board computer that runs Linux
Raspberry Pi is probably the first name that springs to mind when one thinks of single-board micro computers, but if the folks at Next Thing Co. are successful with their latest product the micro PC movement could soon have a new poster child.
Founded last year, the Oakland, California-based startup is soliciting funds from the Kickstarter community for a tiny Linux computer called CHIP. This may not be its first stab at crowdfunding — it raised over $71,000 for a $249 Raspberry Pi-based animated GIF camera last year — but it is arguably the most ambitious (and coolest) yet.
Believe it or not, CHIP is a $9 computer. That unbelievably low price tag appears all the more incredible when one takes a glance at its specs. There is a 1GHz R8 ARM processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a USB port.
And for $49, you can get all of the above in a form you can use on the go. We’re talking about the Pocket CHIP (pictured below), a device with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and 5-hour battery life.
The Kickstarter campaign has been a resounding success so far. The company has already outstripped its original funding goal of $50,000 by more than eleven times and still has nearly four more weeks to add to that figure. Of course, the real test will come when it’s finally time for Next Thing to redeem its pledge. It expects to begin delivering backers their CHIP and Pocket CHIP units in May next year.
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