CHIP is the World’s First $9 Computer of the Size of a Debit Card
Microcomputers are in these days, but they come at a bulky price tag. Meet CHIP, a microcomputer that will slip conveniently in your small pocket and will not put any load on you, moneywise. The handy personal computer costs as low as $9 and is under development as of now. Interested users can back the project on Kickstarter.
So, how does it work? CHIP connects to any screen, keyboard and a mouse to transform into a full-fledged computer. It has inbuilt Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 to surf the web and do other tasks over the internet. It has a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of storage capacity. It can perform office tasks of importance, can teach the basics of programming with pre-loaded Scratch, allows playing games and can do many more things. Thousands of apps are pre-installed on the device, which can be accessed for free.
The initiative has raised more than $635,000 till yet and people are constantly joining in to back the project financially. The same will be shipped by December this year. Buyers can opt for other deals as well. For $19, the next Thing Co. is offering a CHIP with a battery or a VGA Adapter. It’s not exclusive to a specific region or a country, and will be shipped to all parts of the world.
That’s not it. There is an optional PocketCHIP that houses the CHIP and makes the whole system portable. It sports a 4.3-inch touch-screen display, a QWERTY keypad beneath the screen and a 3000mAh battery fuelling up the gadget. It can go up to 5 hours on a single charge. One can pledge for a PocketCHIP for $49. It will ship to the backer by May next year.
Check out the video below to understand the concept better: