OAKLAND, Calif.—Earlier this year, Next Thing Co. announced a $9 Linux computer.
But for one day only, the price will fall to just $8, starting at 7am Eastern Time on November 30.
Still, the cost of moving physical items ain’t cheap—shipping from Hong Kong, where the CHIP computer is made, starts at $6 to the United States. It will be available at Getchip.com, with the promo code: GETCHIP.
CHIP—essentially a cheaper, better Raspberry Pi—runs a 1Ghz R8 ARM processor and hums along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage. It also has a full-sized USB port and a composite video out, so it can work with older televisions.
Next Thing Co. raised over $2 million on Kickstarter—but don’t worry, the company promises that backers will receive their computers first, before individual pre-sales.
Ars saw functional prototype versions of the CHIP and the Pocket CHIP, or the pocket-sized “Hacker Game Boy”, at a recent visit to Next Thing’s Oakland office.
Next Thing previously built another Kickstarter-funded project, the OTTO camera: an extremely well-designed Raspberry Pi-based “hackable GIF camera.”
“We didn’t want to compromise anything, but [we realized] the computer that powers [the OTTO] is really expensive,” Dave Rauchwerk, the company’s CEO, told Ars previously. “So we went to China and had conversations and knew how much it needed to cost—we ended up with a $9 computer. $9 isn’t the magic number, but $99 is the magic number for selling products.”