A great platform for people who want to power their running systems with an OS, this is it. Its endowments of 1 gig processing, 4 gig storage, and 512 MB of RAM would only be average, were it not for the price, and the fact that it's ready-to-go despite its svelte stature – small enough to fit on a Post-It note. As with Otto, the company is seeking funding on Kickstarter and is also offering PocketCHIP, an enclosure to turn CHIP into an affordable smart device with touchscreen and keyboard.
One of the most important things to note about CHIP is that it's advertised as ready to go. If you can use a GUI Linux interface (Debian-based), then you can use the pre-installed applications, add peripherals, play games, and compute in a manner you're used to. This will enable the education sector and children where there is difficulty in teaching them the connectivity to the present technologically advanced world.
In addition to the stats already listed, CHIP comes with a micro USB port, USB, composite headphone/mic port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and is powered by attaching a LiPo battery, DC power, or through the micro USB. All this fits on a board measuring 1.5 in by 2.3 in (40 by 60 mm), which in keeping with the $9 price, isn't encased.
However, Next Thing Co has also designed a cute little case to hold CHIP and add a full keyboard, 4.3-in (10.9-cm) touchscreen, and 3.0-mAH battery – enough for five hours of use. Named PocketCHIP, it resembles an old-school GameBoy in size and adds an interesting way to transition from computing with a full-sized monitor and keyboard to instantly going mobile.
This is a real step towards empowering the areas where people are not connected to the world and get them on their feet to understand technology in an affordable way. They can connect to the internet, learn to code and make cool experiments out of it. We at ARDL also support such action and we would support everyone who needs such products and brings it to the society for a better cause.