CHIP is a $9 computer smaller than a credit card

10 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

C.H.I.P. is a $9 computer smaller than a credit card.

Described by its creators as tiny and easy-to-use, C.H.I.P. is a straight-up computer that does “computer things” such as word processing, web surfing and video games.If the Raspberry Pi is still too expensive for your inner cheapskate, there’s a new contender on the block, and its makers are hawking it as the first-ever $9 computer. The Chip comes with an Allwinner A13 ARM-based 1GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of storage, all on a circuit board that’s smaller than a packet of cigarettes.

Whether you’re building yourself a wall clock that counts down time to the next bus at your stop, or setting up a network of hundreds of solar-powered air quality sensors for use in disaster relief, you need the same basic tools to start from: a processor, a way to exchange data, and a way to power everything. The device is the brainchild of an Oakland, California startup seemingly populated entirely by hipsters, which is pitching it as either a standalone computer or an inexpensive controller for larger projects. You can install a light version of Debian and you can even plug it into something called the PocketCHIP that adds a touchscreen and keyboard to the mix in a package about as big as the original Game Boy.

The Chip runs Debian Linux and according to its developers, both the software and hardware are “totally open source.” For a more consumer-friendly package, the team is also offering an outer shell for the devices, dubbed Pocket Chip, which turns the Chip into the world’s ugliest Blackberry knockoff. The $49 add-on has a 4.3-inch, 470-by-272 pixel color touchscreen, a QWERTY keyboard with what looks like finger-crippling buttons, and a battery that claims to be able to power the Chip for five hours. But even then, no DIY skills are required to get up an running: just plug in the power supply and monitor and you have a 2-inch desktop computer booting into a tailored Linux operating system. It exceeded that in mere hours and the project now has over $275,000 in pledged funds – which could make the team think again about quite how big their plans should be.

The Chip developers plan to begin manufacturing the devices in November and the first units should ship in May of next year, but if you give the group $150 they’ll send you an alpha unit this September, plus five Chip units and a Pocket Chip device once they become generally available. ® If you really want to hook C.H.I.P. up to an HDTV or modern computer display, you can buy a separate HDMI ($15) or VGA adapter ($10) that snaps onto the computer, Lego-style. Joining CHIP is an accessory called “Pocket CHIP” in which the computer can be attached, giving it a 4.3-inch display, tiny QWERTY keyboard, battery able to operate it for 5 hours, and a somewhat retro case in which it is all contained. You can also make C.H.I.P. portable by snapping it into PocketC.H.I.P, an accessory with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard and battery that lasts up to five hours.

Those who get one can use the computer as part of projects, or as an ultra-cheap device for playing emulated games or performing basic computing activities. If you can carry the little guy around with you and play games with it or use it as a mini computer, the hacker mentality make take hold and you may wish to expand the platform. Next Thing Co., the company behind the CHIP, was seeking $50,000 USD on Kickstarter, where it has thus far raised nearly $300,000 USD with 28 days remaining.

While you could obviously just pick up a Raspberry Pi 2 and rock out with that, this little guy seems like the perfect solution for folks experimenting with wearables and micro devices, an area of interest that is sure to grow over the next few years. Most crowdfunding sites, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, have policies about what happens to your money if the project fails to deliver on its goals, but choosing to back a project is inevitably a risk. SlashGear’s reporting on crowdfunded projects should in no way be seen as an endorsement, unless specifically stated, and we recommend closely examining the terms and conditions to understand your individual rights as a backer before making a pledge.

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