Modular laptop provides hardware and software for future designers
The pi-top modular laptop combines hardware, software and tools, to create an electronic design platform for inventors, designers and makers of the future, says pi-top.
The laptop is targeted at consumers and students and includes a sliding keyboard that allows users to access and use internal components and upgrade with kits.
“pi-top’s mission is to provide powerful, inspiring products that bring science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to life,” said Jesse Lozano, CEO of pi-top. “Now, anyone from young musicians to scientists to software developers to inventors can explore and create wonderful new projects using the pi-top laptop. We’re offering learning beyond the screen and keyboard, enabling wider exploration of computer science and basic electronics, ensuring that young learners have the opportunity to be inspired by a world of STEAM-based learning.”
The pi-top modular laptop features enhancements such as a display with a 14-inch 1080P full high-definition LCD screen and a full-sized sliding keyboard, to allow easy access to an in-built modular rail which enables custom-built invention projects. There is also the latest Raspberry Pi 3 microcomputer with custom cooling bridge and built-in cloud management to provide additional storage and remote access to user data. Battery life is eight to 10 hours.
The pi-top laptop has an inventor’s kit which includes all the components needed to create projects ranging from music to space themes. Step-by-step guides in the pi-topCODER app describe dozens of invention pathways that enable the user to explore three topics, Music Master, Smart Robot and Space Race.
The pi-top laptop also offers educational entertainment applications, including Minecraft for Pi and CEEDuniverse, an exciting space exploration game designed by pi-top to help develop coding and computer science skills. End-users complete the final assembly of the pi-top laptop through a few simple steps, giving them a real-world, hands-on computing experience.
The pi-topOS Polaris software suite is the only education technology platform endorsed by the OCR (Oxford Cambridge RSA Review Board). Coding and office apps included in the software suite allow users to browse the web, check emails, have access to a full Microsoft Office compatible work suite, for a seamless experience between a pi-top laptop and other laptops, says pi-top.
The pi-top laptop is available now from the pi-top website, resellers and distributor, RS Components.