Entire Computer Smaller Than Pack of Gum
Moore's Law predicts three things: computers getting smaller, computers getting faster and computers getting cheaper. The iPhone and the massive power of today's super computers prove those first two bits true, but manufacturer decisions to constantly pump out the most powerful possible products have hindered that last part.
Enter the Raspberry Pi project. This engineering feat, created by David Braben, the software developer behind the popular computer game series Railroad Tycoon, resulted in an entire computer fit into a space about the size of a stick of gum. More to the point, by using low cost parts, a Linux operating system and only three ports, the entire computer only costs $25, according to the BBC. At that price, students in the developing world could afford these computers to work on. In the U.S., schools could give these out in computer classes for less than the cost of most textbooks.
The computer comes equipped with two USB ports for peripherals like a mouse and keyboard, and with an HDMI cable to attach a screen. As you can see in the above video, the ultimate goal involves providing every student not only with the computing power they need to get their regular school work done, but with a cheap, open source platform with which they could alter, enhance and generally screw around with while to develop the technical skills needed in today's high tech economy.