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: OLPC
by joshv on Fri 9th Sep 2011 10:31 UTC in reply to "OLPC"
joshv
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2006-03-18

This thing is a motherboard, not a PC. Once you add battery, power supply, monitor, input devices, and housing, the price of the motherboard/CPU doesn't factor in to the equation all that strongly.

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RE[2]: OLPC
by theninth on Fri 9th Sep 2011 11:26 in reply to "RE: OLPC"
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2009-08-20

I think many of us have DC-adapters lying around that would handle the job just fine. We have TV sets with HDMI, we have spare keyboards with USB and maybe a SD-card big enough to fit a OS. Many of us would have really fun with that board without spendning extra money.

Edited 2011-09-09 11:35 UTC

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RE[3]: OLPC
by joshv on Fri 9th Sep 2011 11:42 in reply to "RE[2]: OLPC"
joshv Member since:
2006-03-18

And the people who might use the OLPC? They probably don't have these things. My point was that the Raspberry Pi is not necessarily a magic bullet for creating a cheap PC or laptop, as the motherboard is a fraction of the total cost of such a machine.

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RE[2]: OLPC
by ilovebeer on Fri 9th Sep 2011 16:22 in reply to "RE: OLPC"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

This thing is a motherboard, not a PC. Once you add battery, power supply, monitor, input devices, and housing, the price of the motherboard/CPU doesn't factor in to the equation all that strongly.

Challenge accepted:

Rasberry Pi w/ethernet: $35

keyboard, mouse, speakers: $13.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823174014

20" lcd monitor: $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254055

HDMI -> DVI adapter: $4.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999007

7-port usb hub w/external power: 16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182146

4GB class 6 SDHC for installing Linux OS: $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208090

That's a full 1080P capable htpc for under $200, with an extremely small footprint and low power consumption. Most people, I'm sure, wouldn't need more then the Rasberry Pi ($35), a remote control with ir receiver ($20), and possibly an sdhc ($7).

Yes, there is potential here.

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RE[3]: OLPC
by joshv on Sun 11th Sep 2011 01:34 in reply to "RE[2]: OLPC"
joshv Member since:
2006-03-18

I think we were talking about the mythical sub $100 One Laptop Per Child.

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RE[3]: OLPC
by zima on Thu 15th Sep 2011 23:55 in reply to "RE[2]: OLPC"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

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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