Originally Posted by glasso
Aside from the fact that it's a great idea for cash-constrained developing countries why would you get one if you have a pc or laptop already.....?
you'd obviously need to get a keyboard, mouse, extra-long hdmi cable too... how will they connect through one usb cable (oh add usb hub then!)
Its a great idea for any country imo.
1. Extremely Low Power consumption - run your torrent/download clients overnight without worrying about running up your electricity bills
2. Extremely Portable - You could throw it into your pocket, and head upto your friends house, and use it as a media centre on their TV.
Most people already have all the peripherals you mentioned,
and even if you do need to buy them, it won't set you back more than 40 quid.
Once this chip is out there's nothing to stop it being sold in a small form factor case, which has additional USB ports, that also comes with the keyboard,mouse and video cables.
Why should people in Developed countries throw big money at PC's most only use them to browse the Web and send a few e-mails?
This would fit their needs perfectly, and allow them to use their existing TV or Flat Screen.
The low price would also make it an ideal starter computer for kids,
something that you wouldn't mind breaking as it is cheap to replace.
You need to open up your eyes and see the possibilities!
I have paid close to $25 before for a Microchip PIC microcontroller, that only runs at 40mhz and has 96K of RAM,
which came with no board, just the chip itself.
So this new chip will open up the world vastly for Electronic DIY projects, and some very exciting hardware could be made with it.