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CHIP: Meet the world's first $9 fully-functional tiny computer with built-in WiFi

CHIP: Meet the world's first $9 fully-functional tiny computer with built-in WiFi

CHIP includes 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage and Bluetooth to connect cordless peripherals.

Who said technology was expensive? Meet CHIP- a fully functional computer, complete with built-in WiFi, all for just $9. Listed on Kickstarter, the dev board-looking device has specifications at par with standard traditional computers: 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage and Bluetooth to connect cordless peripherals.<br /><br /><img src='http://static.ibnlive.in.com/ibnlive/pix/ibnhome/chip-computer-1105115.jpg' width='100%' /><br/><br />Its Kickstarter description says CHIP is a computer for students, teachers, grandparents, children, artists, makers, hackers, and inventors. It includes a fully integrated battery power circuit that allows you to make your project mobile with just a 3.7v LiPo battery.<br /><br /><img src='http://static.ibnlive.in.com/ibnlive/pix/ibnhome/chip-12051502.jpg' width='100%' /><br/><br />CHIP can run a full Linux desktop and do all what a normal computer does; you can hook up power, run a video cable to a display, surf with Chromium, chat in Pidgin, or watch videos in VLC using the 2.3 x 1.5 inches tiny computer.<br /><br /><img src='http://static.ibnlive.in.com/ibnlive/pix/ibnhome/chip-12051510.jpg' width='100%' /><br/><br />CHIP uses the gut of a cheap Chinese tablet- an Allwinner SoC, which is powerful yet cheap and is installed in numerous bargain-priced devices on sites like Aliexpress or Geekbuying. Its built-in WiFi and Bluetooth allows you to connect to the Internet and attach a keyboard and mouse wirelessly.<br /><br /><img src='http://static.ibnlive.in.com/ibnlive/pix/ibnhome/chip-12051511.jpg' width='100%' /><br/><br /> CHIP is open source and offers a familiar experience. You can connect CHIP to any type of screen through its built-in VGA or HDMI. You can create word documents, presentations, surf the web, send emails, watch videos, and also play games and create music through peripherals.<br /><br /><img src='http://static.ibnlive.in.com/ibnlive/pix/ibnhome/chip-12051506.jpg' width='100%' /><br/><br /><br />One of the pre-loaded programs- Scratch - is an easy to learn language that teaches the basics of programing by making stories, games, and animations.<br /><br /><img src='http://static.ibnlive.in.com/ibnlive/pix/ibnhome/chip-12051508.jpg' width='100%' /><br/><br /><br />It can also be turned into a handheld PC that looks like a BlackBerry device. Dubbed, PocketCHIP, it gives CHIP a 4.3-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and 5-hour battery - in a case small enough to fit in your back pocket.<br /><br /><img src='http://static.ibnlive.in.com/ibnlive/pix/ibnhome/chip-12051504.jpg' width='100%' /><br/><br />The cheap tag is only for the basic configuration, if you want a VGA or HDMI port, you'll need to spend $10 and $15 extra respectively. The PocketCHIP costs $40 more.The cheap computer listed on Kickstarter will start shipping in May, 2016.</br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/>
first published:May 12, 2015, 13:20 IST