Apparently a new customizable Raspberry Pi is coming out soon. The company that creates these tiny microprocessors will soon unveil their newest service which will allows customers to customize and tweak the final product that they want to order.
If you’ve never heard of a Raspberry Pi let me give you a little insight. Basically they are tiny computers which are very affordable. It consists of a tiny motherboard with a processor on top of it. It also has connectors like USB, HDMI and others so you can connect various devices to it. While they can be used as highly mobile computers they are generally used in huge quantities for their computing power.
The company that makes these devices, element14, announced that they will launch a service through which you can customize your Pi order. The only caveat is that you will have to order them in bulk. The minimum order will be between 3000 to 5000 boards. This number will depend on what type of customization you want.
Customers will be able to ask that the board layout be changed. You will be able to switch connectors and headers around as well as the on-board memory. You can also add things like an extra IO, a better power management system or a wireless chip if you so desire.
While this might seem prohibitive to the regular user due to the high number of devices that you need to order, there are plenty of companies out there which are excited at the possibilities that this new service might bring to the table.
Since they’ve started selling these $35/$25 Pi boards the company has made sales past the five million mark in the February of this year. The addition of these new customizable Pi’s might further increase their sales, depending on how much each particular customization is going to cost. The company has stated that upon making an order it will take up to three weeks for the company to give an estimate on pricing and a possible delivery date.
A spokeswoman for the company has stated that the prices will mostly depend on how many boards are needed and how much customization has to go into each of them. They are going to work things out with each individual customer and cater to their needs as well as they possibly can.
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