Monday, May 18, 2015

Meet CHIP, the world's first $9 computer.

Image result for chip kickstarterI saw this on FOXNews and signed up for 1 ($14 including shipping)

The board is Open Hardware, runs a flavor of Debian Linux, and boasts a 1GHz R8 ARM processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of eMMC storage. It is more powerful than a Raspberry Pi B+ and equal to the BeagleBone Black in clock speed, RAM, and storage. Differentiating Chip from Beagle is its built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the ease with which it can be made portable, thanks to circuitry that handles battery operation.

It also has on board graphics (An RCA-type cable hook up) that can also be used with HDMI and other formats with an adapter.

In my line of work, email is critical. This will keep me in touch in the event of most any catastrophic computer event as long as wifi is available in the area, even if cell phones are down.  You can also surf the web, word process and the like.

They also offer a completely portable case that includes a keyboard and screen, but I'm holding off on that.  Snap your CHIP into the case and you get full functionality and portability.
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For me, it's just cheap insurance. For more details, check it out here:…/next-thing-co-releases-worlds-first-…/

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