A computer for $5?
Yes, you read it right! The Raspberry foundation of UK has achieved this unattainable task of fabricating a computer the size of your credit card at a mere cost of $5- The Raspberry Pie Zero.
Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pie, and his team get the credit for this impossible task. They wanted to build a computer that gives access to technology to everyone without cost being a subject of discussion. They have taken things to the next level by giving out 10,000 units of the Pi Zero model for free with each edition of their magazine, the MagPi. Forget the days of getting a complimentary CD or other accessories, now get the computer for free!
The Raspberry Pie Zero is simply a card sized logic board with a 1GHz Broadcom BCM2835 processor, 512MB of RAM (equivalent to the memory found in 4s), a micro-SD card slot, a mini-HDMI slot (to view videos at 1080p60) and a micro USB slot for data. It has sockets either to plug in devices such as Keyboard, monitor or mouse or for power and Wi-Fi dongle.
Another great thing about Zero is it runs on the free software Raspbian which is easily available on the Internet and can run apps like Minecraft, Sonic Pi, and Scratch. This model also has 40 input/output pins which can be used to connect other devices-sensors, for instance- for DIY projects or if you are inquisitive enough then to try your hand at applications regarding the Internet of Things (controlling lights, temperature, and appliances).
The cost of Pi Zero steals the highlight which is only 5mm tall and at the size of 65mm x 5mm has far more power than one could imagine at these dimensions! Available at selected stores in UK and US, people at Raspberry claim the demand to outstrip the supply thus causing a shortage of the product.
What are you waiting for? Own a computer at the price of coffee! Hurry, Order your product soon. Keep Learning!