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pi-top outs a new laptop for budding coders and hardware hackers

pi-top outs a new laptop for budding coders and hardware hackers
From TechCrunch - October 13, 2017

U.K. edtech startup pi-top has a new learn-to-code-and-tinker machine. Its another modular Raspberry Pi-powered laptop but this time theyve reduced the number of steps needed to put it together, as well as adding a slider keyboard design so the Qwerty panel can be pulled out to provide access to a rail for mounting and tinkering with electronics.

Its a neat combination of the original pi-top laptop conceptand the lower cost pi-topCeed desktopwhich has a rail below the screen where add-on electronics can also be attached. (The $150 price-tag on the latter device has made it a popular options for schools and code clubs wanting kit for STEM purposes, according to the startup.)

The new pi-top laptop is pi-tops most expensive edtech device yet; priced at $319 with a Raspberry Pi 3 (or $284.99 without).

But it comes bundled with what the startup is calling an inventors kitessentially a pre-picked selection of electronicscomponents to enable a range of hardware DIY projects.Projects it says can be built using this kit include a music synth and the robot (pictured above).

It also says its software includes step-by-step guides describing dozens of invention pathways for tinkering and building stuff using the components in the inventors kit.

The laptop itself has a 14 inch 1080p LCD color display; comes with an 8GB SD card for storage (and built-in cloud management for additional storage and remote access to data); and battery life thats slated as good for 8 hours+ use.

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