If you have a desire to build an HTPC that fits into your pocket, a test platform for your mobile apps, or the world's smartest toaster, I have just what you need to get started. element14, the e-tailer for design engineers, has released a new version of the Raspberry Pi computer with double the RAM.
The PC you see above is something that should be very familiar. Before you say it isn't, the ARM based Raspberry Pi is the kind of mainboard you would find in a smartphone, tablet, or portable media player. Everything you need to output HD video, operate a 20 megapixel camera, or just run several lightweight applications is neatly packaged into a system the size of a credit card.
The big difference for the new Raspberry Pi is the 512 MB of onboard memory. This expands operating system options to small Linux distributions and Android 4.0 future updates. Add in a HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet port and SD memory card slot gives you all you need to build a working PC just by adding an AC adapter.
If this is your hobby or just something you want to dabble in a bit, the $35 price for the board only is really cheap. Please note you may need other accessories if this is your first time tinkering with a platform like this.