RS Components Here
You can get one for £25. (that's right - twenty five quid)
So what? You may say. What is so special about just "another" computer. Believe me, this little SBC is far from being just another pile of electronics. It promises to revolutionise both the teaching and implementation of electronics/computing in our schools, colleges and industry.
You will be seeing it in schools within a year and then in home brewed products shortly afterwards. Where better to start than with the educational market? But that is merely the tip of the ice burg. Believe me this is not just a load of hype. This thing will fly.
But great as this is there is one downside that needs debating.
The talented and creative folk who created this breakthrough wanted to build the initial boards in this country. Good for them. But they couldn't.
The main reason?
The brick wall to getting these things made here revolved around the price of components.
If they were built and fully assembled in China then there would be no import Tax when bringing them into this country.
But if they were built here, then the components would have been subject to import tax on entry and so would have pushed up the price of the finished boards to a much higher and unsustainable price.
A case of tax breaks for the Chinese at the expense of UK industry.
What a shame.
But even so, this is a great achievement full of promise for the future.
I haven't been able to get one yet - they are sold out (grrrrr)