Ever imagined your computer to be in the size of a pen drive?Not just a small gadget,but a basic normal computer?A USB computer.
Yes it is.A new tiny USB computer called the Raspberry PI has been developed by David Braben,a UK game developer of Raspberry Pi foundation.The tiny computer is designed to provide an affordable way to allow all school children to enjoy computer programming with their own PC in school.
The computer is just of the size of an USB stick with USB port on one end and an HDMI port at the other.The computer is powered by a 700 Mhz ARM11 processor and 128 MB of RAM.The memory storage is made possible by an SD card slot.It also sports a 12 MP camera in the middle of the setup (as in the picture below), to enable video recording, photographs and video conferencing using suitable software.
Just connecting this setup to a TV or monitor via HDMI port and a keyboard and mouse,you will have a fully functional Linux based computer! Additional peripherals can also be added to increase its functionalities.
Provisional specification: (as on project website)
- 700MHz ARM11
- 128MB of SDRAM
- OpenGL ES 2.0
- 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
- Composite and HDMI video output
- USB 2.0
- SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
- General-purpose I/O
- Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)
The picture below shows Raspberry PI running Ubuntu 9.04 …
The aim of the Raspberry PI foundation is revealed by the below lines in its official website,
We plan to develop, manufacture and distribute an ultra-low-cost computer, for use in teaching computer programming to children. We expect this computer to have many other applications both in the developed and the developing world.
The fully functional setup of Raspberry PI costs only £15 ,which is $25 equivalent to 1100.
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This USB computer is not yet available for sale.This is still under development.And the developer believes that it will soon reach the hands of many children.
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