$25 Computer to Aid Education to the Have-Nots

Educational institutions in the under-developed corners of the world can now implement computer programming in their respective syllabi, for this thumb-sized computer prototype has now made this feat achievable.

Technology with a cause!

Technology with a cause!


Game developer, David Braben along with his colleagues prepared a prototype of a thumb-sized computer that is pocket-friendly and will also prove to be crucial tool in enabling development of the young minds. Nicknamed the Raspberry Pi, this half-ready prototype may not make for an appealing picture, but, it is its features that have compelled the educators round the globe to sit up and take notice. The computer is expected to cost around a meager $25, and comes with a host of features for that price.

Here's a look at the features of the Raspberry Pi:


  • 700MHz ARM11
  • 128MB of SDRAM
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • Composite and HDMI video output
  • USB 2.0
  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)

As much appeasing the list of features, and the accompanying price tag may seem the biggest challenge ever for the makers of the Raspberry Pi would be their steps towards making these regions see sense in their initiative, and eventually use it. The Raspberry Pi is nowhere close to a distant launch date since a lot has to worked on to make it  as featuristic as it could get.

Published Date: May 09, 2011 05:23 pm | Updated Date: May 09, 2011 05:23 pm