Raspberry pi, the easily programmable 35 dollar computer, has been hugely successful, and has found its way into everything from smart devices to classrooms. Chip is a smaller cheaper alternative with some impressive specs. Their kickstarter has already crashed through their goal.
The concept for Chip came about a little over a year ago, when Next Thing designed an animated GIF camera built using the open-source Raspberry Pi computer (cost for Raspberry Pi: $35). Customers were enthusiastic about the camera, but Next Thing didn't sell that many. At $249, it was just too expensive. "The most expensive part of the camera that we could change was the computer," says Rauchwek. "A computer that powers products like this needs to be under $10, so we started a project to think about how we could do it."