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C.H.I.P. is the World's First $9 Computer

Following in the footsteps of the $35 Raspberry Pi computer, Oakland, CA-based Next Thing Co. are launching the C.H.I.P., the world’s first nine dollar computer, all compressed into a single chip that’s barely bigger than a pair of AA batteries.

Next Thing Co. launched a kickstarter campaign less than a week ago in hopes of raising $50,000. They’re currently at $773,166 raised with 15,272 backers. They literally got four new backers as I was typing this and the total updated in real time. Yeah, it’s a little popular.

C.H.I.P. offers 1GHz of processing power, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of storage. It’s also compatible with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, VGA, HDMI, and it comes pre-installed with dozens of apps, tools, and games.

You can also make C.H.I.P. portable with PocketC.H.I.P., a pocket-sized device with a 4.3″ touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and a 5-hour battery. You can get a PocketCHIP by backing at the $49 level.

While C.H.I.P. can be used as a perfectly competent computer, it’s also designed to be used to power computed-based projects, and as their kickstarter says, the folks at Next Thing Co. can’t wait to see what’s built with it.

Over the course of writing this article, the kickstarter got almost 200 new backers and raised $7,000 more. The future is happening. My only question is, and the answer’s probably staring me right in the face, what the heck does C.H.I.P. stand for?

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