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A Nine Dollar Computer

Posted May 11, 2015

C.H.I.P. is a computer for students, teachers, grandparents, children, artists, makers, hackers, and inventors. It is a good way to power your computer based projects. It a has built in WiFi and Bluetooth, it helps to connect to the internet and attach a keyboard and mouse wirelessly. It is designed to work with any screen, because it has a  built-in composite output where you can add a simple adapter for either VGA or HDMI.


It comes with a 1Ghz and with 512MB of DDR3 RAM, and 4GB of storafge is powerful enough to run real software, and handle the demands of a full GUI just as well as attached hardware.


C.H.I.P. includes a fully integrated battery power circuit so that you can take your project. No external power circuit needed, just a 3.7v LiPo battery.

C.H.I.P.’s open source operating system is easy to use and it comes with preinstalled with dozens of useful applications, tools and games. C.H.I.P. can run loads of free applications from the open source community.

A PocketC.H.I.P. has a 4.3” touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and 5-hour battery – in a case small enough to fit in your back pocket.


A huge part of making C.H.I.P. accessible is making sure that it can change to meet the needs of the community. That’s why both C.H.I.P. and PocketC.H.I.P. are both open source. This means all hardware design files schematic, PCB layout and bill of materials are free for you the community to download, modify and use.


  • 3,000 mAH battery
  • 4.3″ 470px x 272px screen w/ resistive touch
  • Full Super-Clicky QWERTY keyboard
  • Rugged Injection Molded Shell
  • Fully open source
  • GPIO breakouts
  • C.H.I.P. is removable via hatch


The project is already backed on the Kickstarter and reached its goal of $50.000. A nine dollar computer is expected to be delivered on December of 2015.



Source: Kickstarter


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