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Why single board computers are expensive? — November 13, 2016

Why single board computers are expensive?

Like I defined earlier a single board computer, is just a circuit board without anything else. Just like a bare motherboard of a normal computer.

Without extra parts one can not run it. One if it’s advantage over a normal computer motherboard is it’s having inbuilt RAM, a Processor and being portable. Which can actually turnout to be disadvantageous, if one of the inbuilt parts fails, you would have to go back to shops and spend $35 again, if it was a Raspberry PI 3 board. This can be a negative challenge to low income earners from developing parts of the world like Uganda, East Africa.

The needed parts to run a single board computer as a functioning computer are, usually a 5v DC power adaptor, MicroSD memory card usually up to 128GB supported,  a heatsink & cooling fun, a chassis, a keyboard, a mouse, an HDMI cable and display monitor.

Roughly all can cost $100 to $200, depending on where you buy them. And if you’re outside USA, Canada & U.K you may have to add shipping costs.

Let’s pause and ask ourselves a question, would this be affordable in Uganda and many parts of Africa?

Realistically, millions of families struggle to afford a $1 meal everyday, how could they afford $100+ for a gadget? Especially because they are ignorant about it, they will never know it’s relevance and impact potential.

If by chance, they afford, they would have to invest in electricity power, internet and learning.

Inconclusion.

Is a single board computer the solution to uplift & empower young African people? If the answer is no. Then what else? Could there be other ways through which we could get these gadgets, instead of buying them? Would it be possible, for us to run a crowdfund campaign raise some money and start materialising the vision.

The questions are many but for now let’s call it a day as I wait for your input.

Cheers!

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Wow… can one board computers be this pretty? — November 6, 2016

Wow… can one board computers be this pretty?

For those following my posts, you could be aware about my desire to conceptualize the idea of helping every youth in Uganda to have access to a computer.

I know a little about law prohibiting importation of second hand/used laptops which would have been easier or cheaper  for a non profit project, runing in a third world country but with vibrant people yarning for a chance to empowerment.

Of course it doesn’t mean they don’t come into the country but how and where they pass, a small dude wouldn’t want to take that chances! 

Like the saying goes as some doors close others open. Recently I came across  a single board computer, called a a Raspberry PI. 

It’s a single board computer because it is a credit card size board, integrated with RAM, Wi-fi, 4 USB ports, Micro SD card slot, and HDMI port. I find it’s price of $35 friendly to the poor people who find it hard to make both ends meet but are highly enthusiastic about learning how to use computers.  For that price one gets a tool he can use it type documents, surf internet, send emails, learn to code and be able play some games.

The Raspberry PI 3, inspired competitors such as the Banana PI, lattePanda and Orange PI to mention a few. The competitors have high end single board computers shipping with maximum of 4GB RAM and onboard eMMc storage. Mobile computing and internet of things is just getting easier.

For us who will run this project it puts us in a better position to segment our market and be able to serve them all well.

Take for example some audience would feel free to use Raspbian Os which is a linux distro but others would prefer windows. Thus the windows market will go for the Banana PI.

Ultimately, I would the single board computer, a computer of choice for schools, community empowerment initiatives, learners, hardware geeks, robotics, media center set ups and so much more.