This looks pretty neat. It's a small cheap computer in a linux core that can do basic computer stuff as you would expect, and excels in Pico-8 which appears to be a popular format for indie game development, making it easier to create your own games, delve into coding, etc. They have the PocketCHIP model which is an already created portable for $50, but what's the fun in that?
Besides that thing, they also sell the computer itself for just a mere $9. I absolutely hate the PocketCHIP design, with the exposed keyboard and other motherboard layout and the Agrocrag looking back case, so I figured, why don't we all make our own? Seems like a neat project to mess about in a contest. It's at the end of preorder stage now and I've seen a few shipped already, so we have a little bit of time to work this out some more. I'll probably end up buying both anyways.
Here's some more information and etc about CHIP, pocketCHIP and Pico-8
What did you have in mind for this? Would it be a build compo or a coding compo? The price of the chip itself is nice, but I like the touchscreen in the $50 combo.
Whatever you guys feel like doing I guess, maybe spereate it into 3 different contests over a long period of time? Maybe recasing the the pocketCHIP for the first to get aquianted with it, then a few months later use the chip to make your own CHIP portable or desktop or whatever, and after that sometime making a game for a contest? I'm gonna buy both of them so whatever everybody else wants to do is fine by me.