First there was the C.H.I.P. – the $9 computer with built-in Wifi. Then soon after that appeared on Kickstarter, the Raspberry Pi Zero came out – a $5 Raspberry Pi. Ok, so strictly speaking you need a few accessories to really get them going as fully fledged computers as most people would recognise the term, but in these days of cheap computers, it made me think, just how does this compare with other ‘everyday’ items?
So, taking the “list price” for the Pi Zero, as £4 … that is:
- A couple of Lattes from the local coffee shop of your choice
- A gallon (remember those?) of petrol from 2006 onwards
- Almost a pint of beer in some of the most expensive areas of the UK
- The average amount spent per week on fruit (£3.50) or vegetables (£4.20) or cakes (£3.70) – your choice! People aren’t quite spending enough per week yet on computers yet though, but at £2.80, its getting close!
- Less than what people spend on popcorn at the cinema
- Half a packet of cigarettes
- Suggested donation for a visit to the Science Museum London
Of course, these days, $5 will get you a whole range of goods and services, including, according to Dave Gormon, 5000 Twitter followers!
And of course, as per the tweet that started the thinking behind this ramble … just slightly more than a 10 minute bus trip in Cambridge!