The Raspberry Pi Zero, despite its small size and cost, is a pretty big deal.
The Pi Zero only costs $5, but there’s bad news: the small device sold out in less than 24 hours, which means one will have to wait or buy one from eBay. However, some sellers are trying to make a big profit, selling the device for seven times as much. The original Raspberry Pi model that went on sale in 2012 cost $35.
— Wired UK (@WiredUK) November 29, 2015
“Right now it appears that we’ve sold every individual Zero we made (that’s roughly 20,000 units) and most of the 10,000 MagPi issues with cover-mounted units; people are scouring the country for the last few Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury and Smiths branches that haven’t sold out,” Eben Upton, the head of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s founder, told Wired magazine in an interview.
The Pi Zero comes with a mini-HDMI port, two MicroUSB ports, and a 1GHz Broadcom SoC chip.
“We will continue to make Zeros for as long as you guys want them. It looks like demand will continue to outstrip supply for a while if yesterday’s rush is anything to go by, but we’re doing our very best to keep channels open, and we advise you not to buy from scalpers on eBay, because … karma,” a statement from the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s chief of communications, Liz Upton, said in a statement obtained by IB Times.
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Essentially, Raspberry Pi computers are just motherboards that can be built to power robots or create connected devices.
“The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend…but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry,” Upton said in a blog post. She added, “We began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge.”
The Zero, which is made in Wales in the U.K., is “a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family,” she added.
The Pi Zero is smaller than a ketchup packet and is quite light.
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However, to use it, you need a monitor, keyboard, power source, and data storage, which can be connected through a micro-SD slot.
The computer runs a version of Linux called Raspbian.