$35 computer starts production.
While the Raspberry Pi computer may be little more than a small circuit board, it is powerful enough to play Quake III and handle Blu-Ray video.
Featuring a 700MHz processor, HDMI port, USB 2.0, and 256MB of memory, the device was the idea of a Cambridge University student back in 2006, after he noticed that new students had far fewer programming skills than in previous years.
The theory goes that most family computers are large investments for the home, with uses that center around media, and web browsing. Gone are the days when parents can simply let their kids tinker around on the computer, and even if they did allow it, manufacturers aren’t exactly producing builds that are easy to open and understand. The Raspberry Pi Foundation wants to create a computer that any parent can buy for a child (or a child can buy for themselves) and feel comfortable with experimenting.
Both US$35 and $25 models are about to enter production, with 10,000 of the computers to be constructed in the next few weeks, and you can check out their website here.