I thought this was amazing, cheap and innovative..
The people at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have designed a tiny embedded desktop linux device slightly larger than a 20 pence piece, and it will be available for approximately $25.
It includes a HDMI and composite port and is designed to be plugged into a TV.
Take a look at its proposed key features:
- 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)
The thought behind this is that its a really cheap way of introducing computer science into educational institutes. Its great because it gives schools an alternative platform environment to teach the students apart from the candidates that are usually on offer.
Take a look at their site for details on how to purchase/get involved
I think the amazing thing about this (apart from its size and feature set) is the possibilities it opens up for poorer communities/developing world and establishments on a budgets to learn computing skills.
Cant wait to get my one!