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.