Low Cost Computer for Education, Costs Less than Rs 1000!

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK registered charity that promotes the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level. The foundation aims to develop, manufacture and distribute an ultra-low-cost computer, for use in teaching computer programming to children.

They have developed their first product, which is about the size of a USB key, and is designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen for a low cost tablet. The expected price is $25 for a fully-configured system. Remember, the price does not include the monitor or input devices such keyboard! The device will be available to the public in around a year.

The computer is designed by the Game developer David Braben. It is an extremely affordable computer that children in both developing countries and first-world countries can get their hands on. The device sports a version of Linux or Ubuntu.

It can output video and other images at 1080p resolution. It has a USB-out port that lets you plug in a keyboard. The HDMI-out port can connect to an HDMI-enabled television or monitor.

Raspberry Pi device running Ubuntu 9.04

Specification:

  • 700MHz ARM11 Processor
  • 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)
Raspberry Pi device with attached 12MPixel camera module

 

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