BY CLAIRE CONNELLY, TECHNOLOGY REPORTER
Sure – the credit card sized computer is ugly but it’s $35. Picture: Raspberry Pi
WELL that is one ugly computer – but it’s $35 and the size of a credit card so what are you complaining about?
US technology company Raspberry Pi’s creation lets users program their own computer by giving them all the parts they need – including a wireless mouse, keyboard and an SD card reader.
It contains a Linux processor, memory chips and ports for almost every plug in device you could ever need including USB, HDMI and Ethernet cables.
As for a screen and software – that’s left up to users.
The tiny computers were initially developed to encourage children to get excited about computer programming and other technology – but the device has gotten the tech world in a frenzy.
The Raspberry Pi website crashed under the weight of all the web traffic after the device was made available for sale – even after the company limited sales to one $35 computer per customer.
Raspberry Pi has also released a no-frills $25 version that comes with without a case, keyboard or monitor.
Both computers contain a 700Mhz Linux processor, 256 MB of RAM, USB, HDMI, SD, RCA video and 3.5 mm audio ports.