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C.H.I.P. Is A $9 Computer

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With the Raspberry Pi’s success, the idea of an ultra-low-cost computer became a reality. But as cheap as the $35 Pi is, it’s still exorbitant next to the C.H.I.P, a full fledged computer that costs all of $9. For this price you get a board that carries a 1Ghz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. You can do all kinds of things with C.H.I.P, such as work on documents with LibreOffice; surf the web with the Chromium browser; connect any screen, old or new; attach keyboard and mouse wirelessly thanks to its Bluetooth chip; connect to WiFi B/G/N. There’s camera sensor support, and you can power C.H.I.P. for hours with a single LiPo battery. It comes pre-installed with tons of apps, and you have access to thousands more, all free. It’ll even play games. All this in a 2.3in. (60mm) by 1.5in. (40mm) package.

All in all, C.H.I.P. has the potential to broaden the computing revolution to more parts of this world, as well as introduce children to computing from an early age. It’s a fully-funded Kickstarter project, with expected delivery in May 2016.

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This LEGO Computer is Legit

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Normally, when you see something like a computer made from LEGO parts it’s just some dude’s DIY project, and you get to stare at some pictures and wonder how cool it would be to own your own. But you can actually buy Mike Schropp LEGO Computer. He’s been making custom LEGO PC creations for clients for a couple of years, and he finally decided to make a design that you can outright purchase on his website. Configurations all include one of Intel’s Core processors, an Intel HD4600 graphic card, a 120GB SSD, 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a DVD/CD Combo Superdrive, and a Noctua Low Profile Cooler. The entire thing is housed in a 7.5″ X 7.5″ X 6.5″ case that comes in three flavours: Industrial, Brick, and Tiled. A customizable LED strip accents the case, and the two lower grooves along the sides are actually air vents. It’s a cool looking, decently powerful PC, and is priced to move: the Core i3 configuration is $999, while the Intel i7-4790s Quad Core version is only $1,199. Considering these are all hand-crafter and Mike is currently getting a fair bit of attention, we don’t know what the lead time will be on your order so act fast if you don’t want to wait forever.

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Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator Looks Useful, At Least For Some

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Despite the name, the Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator isn’t some kind of Halloween prop. It’s a tiny HDMI dongle that mimics a display and fools a computer into thinking it’s connected to one. This is for people who often remotely connect to display-less machines, and who would benefit from being able to do so at full resolution. You see, many PCs automatically lower the output resolution if they don’t detect a display, some even going as far as disabling the graphics card altogether. But if you’re running software that would benefit from having the GPU chugging along, like cryptocurrency mining software, then the Headless Ghost is especially useful. As a matter of fact, if you have a farm of machines built specifically for that purpose, you’ll be happy to know that you won’t be needing a display for each PC, but that an inexpensive £10 (~$16 USD) dongle will do. It can mimic resolutions ranging from 800×600 to 4096×2160.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

SlimBox IV PC Is About The Size Of A Thick Chocolate Bar

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In a world where the Raspberry Pi is selling like hotcakes, it shouldn’t be surprising to see products like the SlimBox IV PC by Raydget. It’s a full fledged PC that measures 6″ X 3″ X 0.75″, which is also roughly the size of two iPhones stacked together or that of a really thick chocolate bar. But don’t let its small size fool you, because the insides can get upgraded all the way up to a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor with up to 8GB of RAM. Even though you get Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi as standard, there’s also an ethernet port for those of you with hard-wired connections, and of course an HDMI port for outgoing video signals. Storage is accomplished via its internal 64GB SATA III SSD, an can be expanded with a larger capacity SSD if you need it.

Price and availability information seem to be impossible to find, but we don’t believe the Slimbox IV is on the market yet.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Would You Bring A PC With You Everywhere, If It Would Fit In Your Pocket?

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Tango PC is hoping you will. The idea is that they’re making a fully self-contained PC that’s about the size of half a standard smartphone, which is powerful enough to do pretty much anything you’d do with a full-size machine. The PCs work in tandem with a Tango docking station which has ports for everything, including 2K and 4K outputs, ports for keyboards, monitors, game controllers, etc. The key of the entire setup is that the cooling fan is in the dock, which allows for the microprocessors only to remain in the portable unit and retain its small size, while allowing higher a higher processing power than could be achieved without active cooling. You could then have a multitude of docks (one at work, in the home office, in the living room, etc.) and simply shuttle your Tango PC around.

So what sort of power are we talking about?

The first generation cartridge is a quad core AMD A6-5200 clocked at 2GHz with anywhere from 2-8GB of laptop ram and 32GB to 512GB of storage onboard. It will run any OS that you can install on an x86 computer today, including the Linux distro needed for a Steam Machine if that’s where you’d like to go with this rig.

That’s decent enough. The company has blown past their funding goals, and should have the product shipping by April. $449 will get you a system with one docking station. Each additional dock is around $70-$80.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

The Ultimate Case Mod: Coffee Maker PC

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The coder’s best friend is now Red Bull. Or maybe Mountain Dew. Or is that the gamer’s best friend? We’re having trouble keeping track of the caffeinated ‘boisson du jour’, but we’re fairly certain that coffee was popular at some point. In fact, we believe it still is so we’re wondering why it took so long for someone to make a Coffee Maker PC Case. Drugnor, a user on TheZooMod (a forum for discussing and displaying DIY projects) did just that and at the link below you can read all about how it was done. Some electric board wiring, a bit of paint, some soldering and next thing you know, this fella doesn’t even need to get up to brew a fresh batch. And no, it’s not for sale, though we hope you understand that half the fun is in making the thing, not so much in using it. So go ahead, hit the link and find out how to make your own. Let’s hope you don’t burn the house down in the process.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]