Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Sep 2011 22:07 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Remember the Raspberry Pi ARM board we talked about last week? Well, while running Quake III is all fine and dandy and illustrates the board is capable of something, it didn't really tell me anything since I'd guess few people are going to use such a board for gaming. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Raspberry Pi team posted another demo today - running 1080p video for eight hours straight. The chip was still cool to the touch. And just to reiterate: $25.
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RE[3]: OLPC
by zima on Thu 15th Sep 2011 23:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: OLPC"
zima
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Yes, there is potential here.

In a quite atypical market - one which not only "needs" RPi nearly the least, also with a little public secret: prices there are practically the lowest. Another public secret, a little more global and... dirty: the more impoverished a given place, the less available nice deals are; absolute prices of luxuries (such as electronic toys) are higher.

Here, let me try it (one decent, all around inexpensive retailer from my place; you can find others where individual stuff is slightly cheaper, but it doesn't matter so much because we pay for shipping, so add 9 USD to the below prices - yes, I'm converting them)

Rasberry Pi w/ethernet: 55 USD
(that's a guess how much it will end up, at minimum; because it's 35, not $35; and when you add shipping...)

keyboard, mouse: 21 USD
http://www.proline.pl/?p=LOG+920-002563
(though, really, it's less expensive to buy them separately, then it's 11 USD
http://www.proline.pl/?p=KLAWIATURA+WIN98+SB
http://www.proline.pl/?p=A4TECH+OP-720D+BLACU
)

20" lcd monitor with DVI (they are still differentiated by the lack of it here, and I don't think RPi can use D-sub): 151 USD
http://www.proline.pl/?p=IIY+LCD+PLE2008HDSB1
(luckily, it has speakers)

HDMI -> DVI adapter: 6 USD
http://www.proline.pl/sklep.php?prodq=hdmi+dvi&x=8&y=14 (mostly, not sure if the one a bit less expensive is appropriate)

7-port usb hub w/external power: 17 USD (I'm a bit shocked*)
http://www.proline.pl/?p=ASMAX+ASM-HUBUSB-7-A (*though it's not available; but it's the only comparable thing there, so...)

4GB class 4 SDHC for installing Linux OS: 9 USD
http://www.proline.pl/?p=SDSDH-004G-U46 (that's the nearest available, and not much more expensive than class 2)

Under... 260 USD (in a place with at least 2 times lower real wages). A starting point for too many people, I'm sure.

And that's in a reasonably prosperous late EU member state... when talking about ~OLPC-like scenarios, which was the case, it doesn't get merely ~2-3x less approachable, we're talking about something which to you would feel closer to $2k ...or more.

Edited 2011-09-16 00:14 UTC

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