Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR
Fascinating device indeed but the point is kind of moot. For any household that can afford a HDMI TV; a netbook or cheap OEM PC falls within the affordable range.
I think you're missing the point.
When you want to program a PC, there's a whole layer of development software you have to go through, and you've got to learn not just languages but many different APIs as well, and how to debug everything when things go wrong. Even if you wanted to bypass all OS's and create something that boots on it's own and just runs, you'd still have to learn how
to make something bootable and interface it with the hardware through interrupts and/or DMA, and how to use all the tools needed to do it.
While for a lot of people here on OCN it might not be that hard to learn because most people already have quite a good understanding of how it all works, this device is meant for kids who don't know much about computers at all
, so that hopefully more of them get interested in it. It's meant to be something that they can just turn on and start programming, similar to how old computers used to be with nothing but a command line and a built-in BASIC interpreter. They probably won't be THAT low level, but that's the general idea.