CHIP—the Super Tiny Computer that Only Costs $9

CHIP—the Super Tiny Computer that Only Costs $9


Raymond Wong, MASHABLE

(Mashable) — If you thought the $35 Raspberry Pi 2 was a small and cheap computer, think again. Next Thing Co.’s open-source C.H.I.P. is an even smaller barebones microcomputer that only costs $9.

Like the Raspberry Pi, C.H.I.P. can be used in a variety of ways. Connect the necessary parts — a keyboard, mouse, and a display — to it and it becomes a personal computer. Otherwise, you can hack it into a retro games emulator, or robot, or whatever you can dream up. Next Thing Co. encourages users to learn how to code and make things with C.H.I.P.

As you can probably guess, C.H.I.P. is not a very powerful computer. Its 1GHz Allwinner A13 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal flash storage are just enough to run apps and browse the web.