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$25 PC Prototype Gets Award At ARM TechCon 238

New submitter gbl08ma writes "The Raspberry Pi project, which aims to create a $25 Linux box, won an award for the category 'Best in Show for Hardware Design' at ARM TechCon, even though they haven't yet released any final product (the release will be sometime in late November). Eben Upton demonstrated the capabilities of one of the prototypes that have been built. From advanced graphics at 1080p resolution to simple web browsing and desktop productivity, the small boards with ARM-based processors and PoP SDRAM have proven to be very versatile, fast and durable."
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$25 PC Prototype Gets Award At ARM TechCon

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  • The $25 pi is cool and all, but I'd find it much more interesting with WiFi and a bit more RAM.

    • Well, just buy the $35 version then
    • 128 MB of RAM should be enough for anybody.

    • Monoprice has a tiny USB WiFi adapter that would be a good fit. The []

  • by hamster_nz ( 656572 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @12:13AM (#37883924)

    This is going to enable so many nifty things.... Why by $400 thin clients when you can get on of these? Why replace you tv with an Internet enabled on when you can add one of these?

    At $25, it may enable families in the developing world to own their own computer, or be the difference between internet access in schools or not.

    I really hope this allows FOSS to release itself from winter hardware, and bring some hardware deversity into play, a true powerful, low cost, open platform.

    Internet kiosks will be able to be put in unsecured enviornments and public areas... After all, it is only at most going to cost $25 if it gets trashed...

    I say BRING IT ON!!!

    • by Arlet ( 29997 )

      At $25, it may enable families in the developing world to own their own computer, or be the difference between internet access in schools or not.

      Only if the already have an HDMI monitor plus cable, keyboard, mouse, and a power supply. It probably also needs a case for durability.

      It's probably easier and cheaper to get a netbook for $200, or a used PC.

      • And when it comes down to it, the Raspberry Pi was not designed to target the developing world, but students. The goal is to replace the BBC Micro and other easily accessible PCs with something cheap enough for the student to buy (or purchased in quantity with minor outlay.)

        If governments or charities in developing nations wish to supply these, they will undoubtedly be made aware of the peripheral requirements. Of course, when the PC costs a mere $25, the entire landscape changes regardless.

        • by Arlet ( 29997 )

          The same applies to students. Do you know students that have an HDMI TV, a keyboard and mouse, and internet access, but who don't already own a PC, laptop, or smartphone ?

          The fact that few students are interested in programming is not because of a lack of hardware. It's because they just don't care. When the BBC Micro came out, it was pure magic to be able to type something, and have a red triangle show up on your TV.

          Nowadays, kids grow up playing Angry Birds, and a red triangle is not going to impress them

          • Its design concept was for teens/preteens

            "Dad! Can I use the keyboard and mouse that you use on you laptop when you are at work?, Mum, do you mind if I play with MY computer rather than watching TV after school?"

            (mum and dad think: it is only $25 (less than a game), and at least he isn't mucking around on the 'real' computer...)

            I can see it working. Working really well.

            And I want a cheap ARM box too!

            • by Arlet ( 29997 )

              Except that teens/preteens want to use the computer to chat with their friends, update their facebook status, and play games, and they don't want to do that on the living room floor in front of the big screen TV, where there little brother can see what they're typing. And this thing is not going to be powerful enough to run a normal web browser.

              In real life, Dad is just going to say: "I'm going to buy a new laptop for myself, you can have my old one".

              • Hey, if only 0.1% of the worlds population have the geek instinct, and would want to play with one of these, and 60% of the world is too rich or too poor to want one, then this product could be enabling 2,800,000 geeks to follow their dreams.

                I wish them every success, I hope that you will too.

          • I don't think that's true. I learned to program - in school - on a BBC Model B when I was 7. At the time, I could play shiny VGA graphics games at home, and even things like the NES (although based on the same CPU) were far ahead of the BBC in terms of graphics and sound. We laughed a lot at how primitive the BBC seemed.

            But that red triangle? It wasn't cool because it was a red triangle. It was cool because I made a red triangle. The existence of better systems didn't take away the feeling of achieve

            • by Arlet ( 29997 )

              I tried it with my own kids. I showed them my FPGA replica of my first 8-bit computer, and it took about 2 yawns and 1 minute before they went off to do something else.

              They played with Scratch for a while, and now they're busy with Minecraft.

              There are so many interactive Flash games on-line, even fairly good educational ones, like Scratch, that a red triangle isn't going to fascinate them anymore.

        • by LWATCDR ( 28044 )

          The BeeBe was a bit on the expensive side. It was a very cool machine but I would say this is more like the ZX-81 if you want to keep it British or the Commodore-64. Funny thing is that this is cheaper than both of those machines.

  • But do they offer UEFI?


    • by Teun ( 17872 )
      An afterthought, is it the year of the Linux desktop when you have to wonder whether a new computer will run Windows?
  • oblig. (Score:4, Funny)

    by mevets ( 322601 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @12:54AM (#37884128)

    Imagine a beowulf cluster of these....

    If you taped them all to the back of a monitor, you could pretend you bought an imac. cooool.

  • At one time I seem to remember reading that the they were going to release it under an open-hardware license similar to what Arduino does. But I can't seem to find anything about it now. Was that a marketing ploy or a figment of my imagination?

  • I've seen this Rasberry Pi thing a few times now over the past few years and I still can't find it anywhere for sale. Vapourware?

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