Now comes with minicomputer of nine dollars




The US company Next Thing Co. comes with a minicomputer of $ 9, converted 8 euros. “Chip” as the device is called, was unveiled Thursday at Kickstarter. Meanwhile, the necessary target amount is within amply.

Next Thing came last year with the Otto, a digital camera based on a Raspberry Pi. Thursday presented the company ‘Chip’ on Kickstarter. The device is like the Raspberry Pi, a similar mini-computer, designed for hobbyists. The company achieved the required amount of $ 50,000 in six hours. At the time of writing, more than $ 150,000 collected.

Chip running a Debian-based version of Linux; Next Thing supplies include office applications LibreOffice with the Chromium browser and image editor Gimp. Scratch is preinstalled as well, a visual programming language that people can learn how programming works.

Chip has a single-core SOC with clock speed of 1GHz, the Chinese manufacturer Allwinner. The processor uses an ARM Cortex-A8 design. The Mali-400 MP GPU has support for OpenGL ES2.0. The memory is 512MB, while Chip contains 4GB of storage memory. The little computer is 6 centimeters long and 4 centimeters wide.

While Chip is more powerful than the first generation Raspberry Pi, there are fewer connections available. Chip has a micro-USB and a standard USB connection. Video can be output via composite audio through a 3.5mm headphone jack. In addition, a microphone jack present. Support for wireless connections Chip offers in the form of Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi n. Furthermore, the computer supports the protocols i2c, spi, uart and SPIO.

Next Thing already comes with different accessories for the little computer. So there are adapters that can add a VGA or HDMI connection, which can be purchased at additional chip for respectively 10 and 15 dollars. Also can be added for $ 10 extra a lipo battery, which allows the device toucan without external power source. For $ 49 get backers both Chip and Chip Pocket. The Pocket Chip is a plastic shell with a hole where the Chip threading. Furthermore it sit a 4.3 “LCD with resolution of 470 by 272 pixels, a QWERTY keyboard and a 3000mAh battery. At the bottom right of the chassis is a hexagonal hole where a pencil can be inserted into the kickstand.

The first 1,000 copies will be sent in September to “Kernel Hacker’-backers. The rest of the backers follows in December. Early next year, the computer must be generally available.


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