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Marching Towards the $25 Computer?

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FLYINGSCOT
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how popular are they
FLYINGSCOT   2/19/2013 4:00:24 PM
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I wonder how popular the Pis are among young people.  I reckon most sales will be from older geeks like myself.  However I do hope there is significant uptake amonst younger people and that they are inspired to go on to do great things in future.

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Re: I think we're there already
Jennifer Baljko   2/18/2013 10:41:57 AM
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As Brian points out and some others of you noted, you're not likely going to wrap up the Raspberry Pi and give it as a birthday gift ( well, unless you have a tech-geek friend or 14-year-old  who loves tinkering with this stuff). The point is how much value is being derived -- and could be derived in future iterations - and how are hw engineers rethinking their designs to match the value prop.

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Re: "Horses for courses" as they say...
Jennifer Baljko   2/18/2013 10:34:41 AM
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Cryptoman is right, some extent. Raspberry Pi folks are filling a gap for hobbyists and students, and yes you have to connect it to other peripherals. But even if you see it as embedded device or a super low-end computing platform, I think the idea here is two-fold: one is there is a niche for these types of devices, and two, that this long-awaited convergence between PC, tablet and phone is happening and will impact pricing and longer-term branding strategies. At the end of the day, the main questions are how many devices do people really need, and how many devices are they willing to buy?

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Re: "Horses for courses" as they say...
Cryptoman   2/18/2013 10:07:22 AM
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@Mr. Roques

It's good to see other fellow Arduino users :) You are absolutely right. Arduino and Rapberry Pi are in a similar league in terms of application domain in the broadests sense. Raspberry Pi has much more horsepower than an Arduino platform obviously.

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Re: "Horses for courses" as they say...
WaqasAltaf   2/18/2013 9:43:44 AM
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@ Cryptoman

To be honest, this device (way it appears in your link) has no concept built in called packaging. Only a hardware engineer or a geek might find this device attractive. 

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Re: "Horses for courses" as they say...
Mr. Roques   2/17/2013 4:59:49 PM
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Seems like an interesting device that could help with very specific tasks, similar to an Arduino board.

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Re: "Horses for courses" as they say...
Cryptoman   2/17/2013 10:22:13 AM
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@WaqasAltaf

The configuration Raspberry Pi offers is very typical of an embedded hardware development platform. Most vandors sell similar type of platforms as 'evaluation boards/kits' and 'development kits'. Look here to see exactly what you get as a Raspberry Pi. This link actually has pictures of a clever lego based housing designed for Raspberry Pi. Even with this clever lego box, it's still a long was off from becoming a useable PC.

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WaqasAltaf   2/17/2013 9:49:32 AM
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@ Cryptoman

You need to buy a separate keyboard and TV to connect to it besides other peripherals

Ok so now I understand why the price tag is so low. It will be interesting to see how users react to it. 

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Re: Technology Drivers
Adeniji Kayode   2/16/2013 10:22:34 AM
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Good to know where your adage came from.

Howdo you mean "help them in carrying in this particular issue.?

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Re: Are we? (I think we're there already)
Brian Fuller   2/15/2013 7:17:38 PM
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AzmatMalik, good (and funny) points! Yes, my hands were a little bit warm. And yes, it's clearly no iPad Mini in form or function, but as a device for a regional demographic, it's hard to argue with. 

But to me, there's always a larger force at work in such situations. In this case, we're porting a western invention built with expensive components and incorporating nice margins into an economy with a different price point by costing-out the invention. The disruption, though, like will be not a cheap tablet that's affordable by Indians but by another invention that starts with meeting that country's needs. 

 

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