Credit Card-Sized Computers

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An inevitable consequence of more powerful processors is the bulk associated with each machine. In an age where gadgets are becoming razor thin, one company embodies the mantra, “Less is more”, to its full potential.

Raspberry Pi, a not-for-profit company based in the U.K., designs credit card-sized computers in order to make education in computer science accessible, affordable, and captivating to students of all ages. Both the Model A ($25) and Model B ($35) have spreadsheet, word-processing, game, Internet, and HD video capabilities. Without a case to hide the internal components, Raspberry Pi’s circuit board design peaks curiosity and encourages the onlooker to inquire into how things work.

The Raspberry Pi can be plugged into ordinary televisions and keyboards to complete the user’s experience. The idea took flight when Eben Upton, founder and trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and chief architect of software and hardware for the Raspberry Pi, and his colleagues at Cambridge Computer Laboratory took on the challenge of reigniting interest in computer science amongst young people. The original target market was children, but after product launch they found that their tiny computer was of interest to both the hacking community and the developing world market.

While the manufacturing of these computers was originally to be done in the U.K., production is now done in Southern China in order to reduce cost and generate enough revenue to pursue the foundation’s sustainable, educational goals. Raspberry Pi hopes to bring its tiny computers to the capabilities of modern PCs within the near future.

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