March 22, 2016

...AND CHEAPER...:

The Promise of a $9 Computer : For those living at or near the poverty line, the expense of a computer is out of the question. But a new low-cost device could change that and more. (RICK PAULAS, 3/22/16, Pacific Standard)

Consider how much it costs to read this article. Forget about subscription costs; there are none. And let's take the Internet cost out too, because either you have access for the cost of a cup of coffee, or the time it takes to get a library card. But, the device you're using to read it? A newspaper or magazine costs a few or several bucks, but whatever you're using to read this--laptop, phone with a data plan, tablet--costs at least a couple hundred. [...]


The device in question is C.H.I.P., a $9 computer released by Oakland-based start-up Next Thing Co. It can do mostly basic stuff: word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, games. Those offerings were enough to build some buzz; the company launched a Kickstarter in May of 2015, received more than $2 million worth of funding (overshooting its $50,000 goal), and began shipping out the first $9 computers in January.

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