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Low-cost Raspberry Pi Computer Gets Indian Schoolkids Learning Again

We’ve seen a few simple computers recently, but none have had the educational and practical strengths of the pπ, created by Subir Bhaduri and reported on by Hackaday, which combines a Raspberry Pi 4 and a projector in a bespoke sheet metal case. The whole thing can be carried around on the back of a motorbike, to allow schoolchildren in India to catch up on lessons missed due to the disruptive effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Schools in India have been closed for more than two years, and while online classes have been offered, they’re a tricky sell in a country where the technology needed to attend them is available to less than 10% of the population, and one smartphone shared between five or six children. The need for a computer that could be seen by a whole form of children at once led to Bhaduri, a prototype maker from Pune in India, trying to build “the most simple computer I could imagine”. One unit costs the equivalent of $230.