Would you believe us if we told you that the thing you see above is an actual working PC? Talk about being ultraportable. This is the Raspberry Pi, the creation of game developer David Braben. He’s with Frontier Studio whose works include Thrillville, Lost Winds, and the Rollercoaster Tycoon series. Now why would he create such a wonder in the miniscule scale? His rationale comes from the current layout of the computer-based education which focuses on skills such as creating documents, presentations and other basic computing ones. With the Raspberry Pi, kids can now be given low-cost PCs, literally.
So what can he possibly cram up in such a small package? Surprisingly, it comes with a 700 MHz ARM11 processor with 128MB RAM that has an HDMI output on one end in which you can connect a display and a USB for the keyboard and/or mouse on the other. The Raspberry Pi runs OpenGL ES 2.0 that allows 1080p output with an SD card slot for expansion, all running Linux. All of these just for $25.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation will take care of the distribution for this tiny PC, mainly for the promotion of computer science studies in schools. Availability may be within the next 12 months. Head on to the video below to see the Raspberry Pi in action.