Raspberry Pi computer debuted in 2012 to universal acclaim. The usp of the device was that it was the world’s smallest computer. Since its release, the device has sold a staggering 6 million units. Now, the company has released a new device, an even cheaper version of the best-selling British computer ever made.
The Raspberry Pi Zero is just 3cm wide and packs in enough fire power for full-fledged computing tasks. The new computer costs £4 in the UK and $5 in the US. The device is so cheap that the company is giving it away with its £5.99 magazine, MagPi, which is in stores in the UK now. The Raspberry Pi computers have cost around $20-$35.
The company said that despite the cheapness of the product, some people were still being put off from buying small computers. “We still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry,” said Eben Upton.
The new, tiny computer includes most of the components seen in a normal computer such as 512MB of Ram, a 1GHz processor, and sockets that allow for it to be connected to a HD TV, a memory card and a USB slot. This means that the computer packs in all of the important parts of a computer once they are hooked up to accessories like a screen and a keyboard. The small size and low price has led to them being used in schools and hobby projects.
The company has been gradually working to improve the tiny computers. That included a new model released earlier this year that kept the budget priced but gave it six times the power. Earlier this year, it was discovered that one of the models of Raspberry Pi computer could reset itself if it was hit by a camera flash.