Saturday, May 7, 2011

PC on a USB stick


The games developer David Braben showed a Raspberry Pi. In essence that is a complete PC squeezed on a small circuit board and has a HDMI on one end and USB on other. The idea is simple – plug in cables and start with Linux. If you think it is just a toy you may be surprised. Here are the hardware 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)
  • 12 MPixel camera

The big question is “How much?” Answer: $25 (twenty five dollars).

David came up with the idea because as a child he had ICT and in fact it was typing class. He is now trying to give kids a better chance to get into computing, programming and become true integral part of their life skills.

Here is a video showing Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi hardware with cables and cameraRaspberyPi

Ubuntu running on Raspberry Pi.

RasperyPi and ubuntu

More information about it is available here and here.

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