Nearly six months after raising over $2 million on Kickstarter, Next Thing Co. promised that when pre-orders opened for C.H.I.P., the world’s first $9 computer, the price would remain unchanged. Now it seems like there’s some backtracking from these claims.
“I am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our backers and our community. I, and the entirety of Next Thing Co., are cooperating fully with all regulators and will be conducting an internal investigation to ensure that this will never ever happen again. I promise.”
The infraction? C.H.I.P., the world’s most affordable computer, will not be selling for the promised $9. When pre-orders open on Cyber Monday, C.H.I.P. will sell for $8, making it the world’s first $8 computer. Rauchwerk jokingly noted:
“I would like to make a formal apology to C.H.I.P., to the authorities, and to the general public for this misconduct. We are taking the steps to repair the terrible damage we have caused.”
C.H.I.P is a tiny and easy to use computer that can be used much like a regular-sized device. Users can work in LibreOffice and save their documents to C.H.I.P’s onboard storage. The new computer also has built in WiFi + Bluetooth, meaning you can play games and can surface the web without any struggles.
C.H.I.P is designed to work with any screen. Old or new. Big or small. Simply just connect through its built-in composite output or add a simple adapter for either VGA or HDMI. Other features include, pre-loaded with Scratch, an easy to learn language that teaches the basics of programming; has a lot of games (retro and new); and works with MIDI keyboards.
The device’s specs are:
- 3,000 mAH battery
- 4.3″ 470px x 272px screen w/ resistive touch
- Full Super-Clicky QWERTY keyboard
- Rugged Injection Molded Shell
- Fully open source
- GPIO breakouts
- C.H.I.P. is removable via hatch
Unfortunately, the Next Thing Co. plans to restore the $9 price after Cyber Monday. The C.H.I.P. will be available through the device’s website (with a promo code GETCHIP).
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