Deflation computers

Poor 99% can do more than rich 1% if they are smart.

Getting cheaper all the time.

Should not cost much to do all kinds of things.

Meet Chip, an ultra-tiny $9 PC

Chip comes with a 1GHz Allwinner R8 Cortex A8 processor with Mali-400 graphics, 512MB RAM, and 4GB storage.

It also has built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

That’s a better processor than the Raspberry Pi model B+, and equivalent RAM; the beefier, quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 model B, meanwhile, doesn’t come with onboard storage, built-in Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.

Chip will come with a Raspbian-like Linux-based operating system pre-installed.

Chip measures 2.3-inches by 1.5 inches.

To keep the price down, Next Thing did have to cut out many features you might expect from a board like this.

It only has one USB port,

a microUSB port for power, and

camera sensor support.

There’s only a composite connection for video, but there are adapters available for HDMI and VGA.

In addition to the two video adapters, Chip also has its own portable peripheral called the Pocket Chip. The $40 device (Kickstarter price) includes a

4.3-inch touchscreen with 470-by-272 resolution,

keyboard, a

3,000 mAH battery (with a 5-hour battery life claim), and

GPIO breakouts for those times you need to prototype on the go.

Pocket Chip is designed to just let you slap Chip into the back and be and running quickly.


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