The world’s first $5 computer, the Raspberry Pi Zero

This is what the world’s first-ever $5 programmable computer looks like, the Raspberry Pi Zero, a computer made to help millions around the world learn how to program. Its creation marks a new benchmark in the evolution of the computer, an innovation first introduced during World War II to calculate complex math problems. Back then, computers were so large that only one could fit in one large room.

Today we embrace the Raspberry Pi Zero, a credit card-sized computer made in Wales, given away for free with The MagPi December magazine edition in UK.

The Raspberry Pi features the following specs:

– A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor;
– 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1);
– 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM;
– A micro-SD card slot;
– A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output;
– Micro-USB sockets for data and power;
– An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header;
– Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B;
– An unpopulated composite video header;
– Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm.

Take a gander at the video below and let us know what you think of the world’s first-ever $5 programmable computer.

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