Tiny £6 Computer to Go on Sale in 2016

Posted on May 13 2015 - 11:10pm by Robert

A miniature computer costing just £6 is in development just now, with plans to put it on sale in 2016.

The firm behind the tiny Chip gadget is Next Thing from California and they have already exceeded their funding goal to raise money in order to complete their work on it.

The device is the size of a credit card but will hold a 1GHz processor, 4BG of internal memory and 512MB of RAM.

The success of the barebones Raspberry Pi computer has led to a number of rivals like this one appearing on the market recently. This new computer will certainly have some things in common with the Pi, such as being built around an Arm computer chip.

However, the device from Next Thing also includes extras that aren’t found as standard on the Pi. These include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. It uses the Linux operating system and can get connected to a monitor or display through a basic composite connector.

A Handheld Version Too

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As well as the basic version at £6, Next Thing is also looking to bring out an alternative version of the computer that is part of a handheld device going by the name of the Pocket Chip. This is expected to have a price tag of around £30 or so.

The people who have backed the project on Kickstarter can expect to receive their Chip boards by the end of 2015. To date, over 13,000 people have backed it, with a total of over £415,000.

Do you have something you could a barebones computer like this for?

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