A 1 GHz microprocessor, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of storage, Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity for only$ 9, it’s the Next Thing Co. bet, the firm that comes from placing the C.H.I.P. on Kickstarter project. The objective is to commercialize this small card computer in December 2015 for only $ 9. A card capable of running a Linux distribution.
The startup wanted to raise 50,000 dollars on Kickstarter to complete his project. 27 days before the deadline, it has already attracted more 8.320 contributors and amassed 404.512 dollars.
A new competitor on a rapid prototyping cards market
Arduino, Raspberry, Intel Edison or Galileo, Beaglebone, Spark core, Adafuit the list of mini computers continues to grow. This new C.H.I.P. therefore comes in a rather busy market, but offering rather competitive. A true Linux PC with a consequent power for $9 dollars only. C.H.I.P. could make a hit in the communities of the makers as Next Thing Co. already provides extensions for its small card. It equipped with default to a USB port, another micro-USB port and a composite video output. The designer of the map already evoke a card with HDMI port, another with a VGA port.
Next Thing Co. promises that its configuration will be sufficient in height to run Linux with its GUI and applications such as LibreOffice, GIMP, Chromium. Designers of the card will provide the bones of the C.H.I.P. with Scratch, the Visual programming environment.
In addition Next Thing Co. works on the PocketC.H.I.P, a case in which the C.H.I.P. card comes to plug. The housing has a keyboard and a small screen QWERTY a battery which offers an autonomy of 5 hours. Access to the connectors on the card will allow this small configuration control various equipment, making the C.H.I.P. and its PocketC.H.I.P. a good tool for prototyping and development. Remains to be seen if this card will seduce the communities and so mainly, with the cash raised during his campaign of crowdfunding, managed the marketing of a reliable kit and to follow up with new maps extensions.
Translation : Bing Translator
Source : “CHIP – The World’s First Nine Dollar Computer par Next Thing Co”, Kickstarter