CHIP is the World’s First Nine Dollar Computer
Next Thing Co. has launched a Kickstarter campaign for CHIP, a device that they are describing as the world’s first computer that can be yours in just nine dollars.
Compared to other popular microcontrollers like the Raspberry Pi, which are primarily aimed at hobbyists and coders on a small-scale, CHIP can perform chores that you can expect from any other computer. This includes being able to do word processing, check and send emails, play video games, and more – all for just nine dollars.
In that price, owners will receive a tiny board that can be hooked up to any existing monitor and keyboard. CHIP comes pre-installed with a variety of useful open source software, including LibreOffice, the Chromium web browser and coding tool Scratch.
Additionally, the device also includes built-in wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB, micro-USB, and an audio jack. While the device also boasts a 4GB flash storage, the option of an SDcard reader for storage expansion is missing.
CHIP’s Kickstarter campaign has pledged a goal of $50,000. With twenty-eight days to go, it already has found under 5,000 backers that have raised over $200,000. By making a pledge of $49.99, you’ll receive a housing for CHIP, which will make it into an elegant portable device, along with a 4.3″ touchscreen and a miniature QWERTY keyboard.