Raspberry Pi: the $25 computer

By on May 6, 2011, 11:09 AM

Raspberry Pi is a £15 or $25 computer the size of a typical USB stick. Created by games developer David Braben, the whole computer is on a tiny circuit board, with a USB port on one end (for plugging in a keyboard) and an HDMI port on the other (for plugging in a monitor or TV).

Braben and other enthusiasts are working to turn the current sketchy prototype into a product that could be handed to every child in the UK. They believe that what today's schoolchildren learn in class leaves them uninspired and ignorant about the way computers work and does not encourage creativity, according to the BBC.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a registered charity in the UK which exists to promote the study of Computer Science and related topics. The organization's goal is to develop, manufacture, and distribute an ultra-low-cost computer. From this prototype, we can safely say "so far, so good."

Rasberry Pi is supposed to be a working computer that runs Linux and, like the kit computers of the 1970s and 1980s, encourages users to tinker and learn. While the computer was created to teach computer programming to children, the foundation expects it to have many other applications both in the developed and the developing world.

So what's left? The volunteer team still has to produce a better prototype, show that it really can be manufactured for the low price, and then convince the educational establishment to support it. We sincerely wish them good luck!

Here are the device's provisional specifications:

  • 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)



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Guest said:

Do we need computers strapped to us all the time?

Go out and enjoy the beauty of the world and leave the gadgets behind.

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

Flippen awesome with two thumb-drives up!

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Jesse Jesse said:

You've totally missed the point, guest.

Guest said:

Cool, faster than Pentium II on the size of a thumb. :)

ElShotte ElShotte said:

Needs some form of networking I think. Wifi maybe?

Guest said:

Good luck posting a comment like this on a technology website.

CamaroMullet said:

WOW, that's pretty cool. @ElShotte, I'm pretty sure as they grow on this product type that it will have some sorta wifi. Go technology!

Cota Cota said:

CamaroMullet said:

WOW, that's pretty cool. @ElShotte, I'm pretty sure as they grow on this product type that it will have some sorta wifi. Go technology!

The point is to give a cheap computer to children's so they "get inspired" while doing simple stuff on schools, they dont need the "Wifis" so they get distracted web browsing or other related stuff.

CamaroMullet said:

Yeah Cota I hear ya. That's why they are developing it, but you can see it going further after it's initial purpose.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

This is a step in the right direction! Let's just hope a big company doesn't buy them out and startselling them for $299 *caugh* apple.

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Jesse Jesse said:

The point is to give a cheap computer to children's so they "get inspired" while doing simple stuff on schools, they dont need the "Wifis" so they get distracted web browsing or other related stuff.

Actually he says right in the video that it would allow kids to get onto twitter or facebook...

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Xclusiveitalian said:

This is a step in the right direction! Let's just hope a big company doesn't buy them out and startselling them for $299 *caugh* apple.

Only $299 for an Apple computer!? You lie!

Guest said:

this is incredible! i really wish him all the best, this stuff needs more attention (and so does elite 3, mr. braben).

Guest said:

This is the kind of technology with a simple idea that we should look forward to, instead of big corporations who just throw us some overpriced shiny stuff with features that we may never need and whose purpose is just to impress other people.

I mean come on...I woke up one morning just to find out Google News has 5+ articles about Apple releasing a white version of iphone/ipad. WOW!

BrianUMR said:

Guest said:

Do we need computers strapped to us all the time?

Go out and enjoy the beauty of the world and leave the gadgets behind.

It is meant as a teaching tool for kids to learn about computers. It is not meant as an everyday computer. The idea is it is simple enough that you can learn what is going on in the computer.

Modeazy said:

Sweet.The smaller the better.I really hope this sees the light of day.

colinf said:

the concept and idea the guy has is fantastic, he should get all the help he needs

also..1st guest..bet you didnt even watch the link, watch it then see how silly your comment was

MrAnderson said:

I really hope I can get a wireless keyboard to work with that...

Guest said:

Did U NOT read the article?! Do you understand the point of it? For every thing there is a season. They will play in the sunshine and they wiill learn. Thumb drive--awesome... Linux... Free!! 2x(awesome). a computer priced for the poor--that is designed to encourage them to program. What is WRONG with you? What could one do with this in developing countries?!

Some people. :-(

herpaderp said:

Guest said:

Did U NOT read the article?!...... a computer priced for the poor--that is designed to encourage them to program. What is WRONG with you? What could one do with this in developing countries?!

Some people. :-(

Some people....did YOU not read the article? They're making this in hopes of spreading it to UK schoolchildren, jackass.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Guest said:

Do we need computers strapped to us all the time?

Go out and enjoy the beauty of the world and leave the gadgets behind.

YES

Guest said:

But will it run Crysis?

grvalderrama said:

The first computer (correct me if im wrong) that you could actually lose! "oh lord, not again! Where the heck is that computer now?!"

bakape said:

Guest said:

But will it run Crysis?

Crysis 2? Possibly.

BlindObject said:

Guest said:

But will it run Crysis?

gah! beat me to it!

Cota Cota said:

prismatics said:

Actually he says right in the video that it would allow kids to get onto twitter or facebook...

Yeah, i think i forgot to add that, because when you add those "social networks" you know is gona sux and avoid the main idea wich is teach kids how to use computers, but the key phrase here is "how to use" since using any of the social crapworks wont lead you to any farther on computer learning and advancing on your school progress.

Guest said:

Uh, you are posting on a website that revolves around technology. Why not take your own advice if you don't like what we do here?

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