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Buy yourself a pocket Raspberry Pi gaming kit!

09 November 2018

The premium maker kit, from inventor Grant Sinclair, includes everything needed to build a gaming computer & action cam straight out of the box!

Image courtesy of Grant Sinclair
Image courtesy of Grant Sinclair

POCO was created by Grant Sinclair after being inspired by a combination of historical Sinclair kit products together with handheld consoles such as the hugely successful Game Boy from Nintendo.

Raspberry Pi users can download free emulators such as RetroPie which could turn the POCO into a retro gaming machine which can emulate 50+ classic game consoles with thousands of games available.

Alternatively users can download PICO-8 to turn POCO into a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny native games and other computer programs – games can be built inside a single school lesson using collaboration from different pupils and even different schools. 

The Sinclair family pioneered the electronics Maker Movement in the early 1960s when Grant’s uncle, Clive Sinclair launched many miniature hi-fi and radio kits such as the Micromatic radio of 1967 which was sold by mail order as well as by electronics giant: Premier Farnell. In the 1970s he followed up with the first pocket calculator kit of 1973, the first digital watch kit of 1975 and the Mk14 kit computer of 1977. The Mk14 was the first affordable single board computer – priced at £39.95. This was under a tenth of the price of competing rival computer kits of the time, such as the Apple I which cost $666 (around £537). 

The £200 Poco Pi kit computer was developed by Grant Sinclair as an evolution of the original Poco camera concept that used a £25 Raspberry Pi compute module (single board computer from 2014) as its motherboard. This concept was evolved into a handheld computer by making use of the Raspberry Pi zero W motherboard and is now fully developed with the new POCO – Pocket Gaming Computer Kit being launched in October 2018 at £175 with mass production tooling now fully underway.

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