$100 computers (was: Microtouch)

Joshua Judson Rosen rozzin at geekspace.com
Wed Feb 8 21:51:26 CET 2012

Shawn Rutledge <shawn.t.rutledge at gmail.com> writes:
> With an Atmel it sounds like a dancing bear to me; it has so little
> memory that you basically have to use it only for fixed purposes, like
> the games they show.  No dynamic languages or possibility of
> downloading much content.

$100 would also get you Qi Hardware's Nanonote units, which is
comparable to a Raspberry Pi + monitor + keyboard that you can
actually carry in your pocket and use on the go (comes with
a Li-ion battery, runs for ~9 hours in my experience).

I have one. I like it. I use it mainly as a smart music-player;
I've also written and run some Python and Scheme programs on it
(so, it makes a nice `programmer's calculator' for, e.g.: solving
 recursive problems).

Not sure what others do with theirs.

A couple of friends also have them, and it seems to take about
3 days between ordering from Sharism in Hong Kong and having them
arrive on our doorsteps in the US.

"Don't be afraid to ask (λf.((λx.xx) (λr.f(rr))))."

> On 8 February 2012 14:29, Gay, John (GE Energy Services, Non-GE)
> <John.Gay at ge.com> wrote:
> >
> >>On 02/07/2012 10:13 AM, Gay, John (GE Energy Services, Non-GE) wrote:
> >>>> Subject: Microtouch
> >>>>
> >>>> Just spotted on: http://blog.p2pfoundation.net
> >>>>
> >>>> Microtouch - The ultimate AVR-based iPhone killer!
> >>>> http://www.ladyada.net/products/microtouch/
> >>>>
> >>> <SNIP>
> >>>
> >>> Does anyone know how old this is? I've got ~$100 ready to buy it they
> >
> >>> get more in stock. The page says 3-5 days, but not when it was last
> >>> updated.
> >>> I hope the first batch wasn't the only batch. I'd really like to play
> >
> >>> with a<$100 tablet.
> >>It looks like it was originally announced a little over a year ago (Jan
> > 27, 2011.) http://www.adafruit.com/blog?s=microtouch is the blog search
> > for posts related to >the microtouch.
> > Now I'm confused as to whether to get to $90 microtouch with it's cute
> > touch screen and pocket size on an 8-bit microcontroller, or wait and
> > get a raspberryPI for $35 and full Linux, but needs a TV for display???

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