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Author Topic: CHIP - The World's First Nine Dollar Computer by Next Thing Co.  (Read 9181 times)

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I don't know. Either they didn't think while writing this, or Youtube just uses the CPU and RAM processing power and plays vids at low resolution. Calculators can actually play video files even without a graphic card.
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With the lack of a GPU I assume that speed might be an issue, but I guess for small tasks that device could do the job well. I am still unsure since I need to save for Microcat (assuming it ever gets done, and no, I won't back any project on Kickstarter, because of what happened with Mighty No 9) and Super Mario Maker. I might get CHIP instead of the Raspberry Pi 2, though, since it's so cheap.
wait... on the demo video it says you can watch youtube on it, but it has no gpu?

Where do they say it doesn't have a GPU?
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It probably has a GPU built into the processor.

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I dont understand why people attempt to use miniture computers like the Raspberry pi to teach programming. Would a much more power full laptop not be sufficient ??? Its not like your computer will blow up if i mistype a command in html or java :(

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I dont understand why people attempt to use miniture computers like the Raspberry pi to teach programming. Would a much more power full laptop not be sufficient ??? Its not like your computer will blow up if i mistype a command in html or java :(

Price. A $9 computer is much more affordable than a laptop. Also, once somebody get's the hang of programming a Pi or C.H.I.P. they can move straight on to hardware hacking without much more stuff.
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Well first of with a pi you need a keyboard monitor ect, and every one has a computer or two :P
Also unlike software writing, hardware hacking reqires extra money for parts and stuff.

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The total price in the end is way lower than a computer, tjough, when all you need is the power of an RPi or CHIP computer to program. Not everyone wants to make Crysis, you know.

Also laptops have an extremely high failure rate, so we have to rule them out as cheap alternative, leaving only desktops as an option (which also requires a monitor, keyboard and headphones.)
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The total price in the end is way lower than a computer, tjough, when all you need is the power of an RPi or CHIP computer to program. Not everyone wants to make Crysis, you know.

Also laptops have an extremely high failure rate, so we have to rule them out as cheap alternative, leaving only desktops as an option (which also requires a monitor, keyboard and headphones.)
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The CHIP is brand new, though
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What i meant is that i have an old laptop that still works ;)
But yea, i dont really have many reasons to back my opinion :/

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Oh ok. I heard that old ones tend to last longer, though, like most electronics. Stuff is just so small and fragile now, plus laptops overheat much more easily.
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If you get $1000 worth of CHIPs and combine them together, would you get a supercomputer? Or is that not possible?
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I always wondered if such supercomputer would be performant enough. Would there be any speed bottleneck anywhere due to having to distribute RAM usage among multiple computers, for example? People often joke about how ticalc.org runs on a TI-81 cluster. :P
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It says one their page it has this:
www.allwinnertech.com/en/clq/R_series/2015/0514/R8.html
Of course it has a GPU, youd think theyll let your browse Facebook over some terminal in Lynx ?

 


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