CHIP – The World’s First Nine Dollar Computer

Awhile back, I saw @flexlibris of the Library Freedom Project talking about the Kilton Library in Lebanon, NH that  had all of their catalog computers on Raspberry Pi computers and all of their PAC on Linux. I thought this was brilliant. Why have SO much computer when you are only accessing the catalog? Then I saw this:

This is a Kickstarter for a $9 dollar computer called CHIP. It closes at 9am on June 6th… in 2 hours. They had a goal of raising $50,000. As of this morning, they had just under 40,000 backers and had raised $2,060,930!!!

My mind spins thinking of all the ways such inexpensive computers could be used. In libraries, these could replace all of your catalog computers. And self-checkout with an RFID reader? And programming?! I just finished purchasing laptops that could be used with WeDo kits for robotics programming… This would have let us purchase so many more kits! I can’t wait to see how these work… and how they could change everything!