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C.H.I.P – The World’s First $9 Computer is Here for You!


C.H.I.P. is the world’s first $9 computer that is extremely tiny and easy to use. You can work with LibreOffice and save your documents, surf the internet, check email over wifi, play games and use dozens of pre-installed applications and tools. This computer is perfect for students, teachers, children, creators, inventors and even grandparents!

Salient Features – Incredible Attributes!

  • Connect to the internet through WiFi and even attach a keyboard or mouse through wireless connection!
  • Works with any type of screen irrespective of size or resolution
  • Work with LibreOffice to edit spreadsheets, make word documents, or create presentations
  • Use Chromium browser for surfing websites, send emails, listen to music or watch videos
  • Use Scratch to learn basics of programing for creating stories, interactive games, and animations.
  • Make use of bluetooth controllers for playing thousands of games including DOS-based games
  • Connect MIDI keyboard to use it as a portable music player and even attach speakers for a full volume presentation
  • With its open source OS, users will find it easy to use along with its pre-installed applications
  • PocketC.H.I.P. adds C.H.I.P. a 4.3” touchscreen, a keyboard, and 5-hour battery for portable use

Now, this computer is priced the same as one month of Netflix subscription or two caffé mochas at Starbucks. The makers have kept the design simple and uncluttered just like the popular $35 Raspberry Pi. Users will need a monitor, keyboard, a wireless mouse, power source and a web connection as required.

Alternatively, one can use it inside PocketChip, which looks like a stripped-down Blackberry, which includes a screen, keyboard and built-in battery and is priced at $40 to go along with the $9 C.H.I.P

Product Specifications – the Inside World!

CHIP includes a 1-gigahertz processor, 4 GB storage and 512 MB RAM, working on the Linux OS. This invention by the Next Thing Co. represents the obsession of technology to shrink things in size and price.

C.H.I.P. is powerful enough to handle all types of software, and can handle a complete GUI along with attached hardware. It also includes a fully integrated battery power circuit with no external power circuit needed. A 3.7v LiPo battery can help you go mobile too.

The Impressive Future with C.H.I.P.

C.H.I.P. can make tiny powerful computers accessible and even meet the needs of the entire community. All hardware design files are schematic and available on open source basis.

Linux Developers can start developing on C.H.I.P. by making meaningful contributions towards building C.H.I.P.’s kernel software.

The computer is one means of sharing what the makers have made. With this computer, they are envisioning huge ramifications in its applications and usage in various spheres of the tech industry. Well, for starters, it is certainly a big bang for the buck!

It takes more than the whole Next Thing Co. team to make C.H.I.P. possible. These are a few of the many amazing folks who have helped along the way: The entire Allwinner team (Ben, Wang Kang, Yinwei, Jet), Our endlessly supportive investors and mentors (Brownell, Cyril, Sean, Ryan, Brad and the FGAngels crew), all of our OTTO Kickstarter backers, the whole HAXLR8R squad – Duncan, Ben, Peter, Qiyu, Atomman and Sally, the wonderful folks at Bay Area Circuits, FATHOM, Kilovolt Coffee, and our families, who have supported us through long nights and endless trips to China.