Could This $25 Computer Solve The Innovation Gap?
The Raspberry Pi will target the education market providing a platform for children to manipulate and program computers.
A recent article from Business Insider turned our attention to the Raspberry Pi, a $25 computer developed by a non-profit foundation, and intended for the education market. The Pi was conceived as a means of facilitating kids’ learning to manipulate and program computers — citing Cambridge University’s challenge in recruiting sufficiently qualified applicants, and a more nationalist problem of not producing sufficient engineering graduates.
Some notes of interest: While the first computers are expected to ship the first half of this year, they will be produced and made available via a batch process of about 10,000 units per month, with an upper limit of about 100,000 units per year, based on the Foundation’s capacity. Its cost will not betray its performance: the computer’s multimedia performance is “substantially better” than the Tegra 3 chip used in many current-model smartphones (with only the Galaxy S 2 approximating the Raspberry Pi’s performance). Lastly, the Raspberry Pi foundation intends to open-source the technology, expecting third parties to develop Raspberry Pi devices around mid-2012.