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Portable screen for Raspberry Pi smashes Kickstarter target in days

A crowdfunding campaign to produce a portable and affordable screen for the Raspberry Pi has reached almost double its funding goal in just four days.

The £55,000 target was reached within 50.5 hours of the round going live on Kickstarter on 31 October, and has since reached £90,967 from the support of over 1,000 backers.

The 9in screen will have a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, the same as the original Nexus 7 tablet, and is expected to cost around £75. It will connect to Raspberry Pi computers via an HDMI controller board.

After reaching their target, HDMIPi creators Alex Eames and Dave Mellor said, "Our next steps are to research stretch goals. We've had a lot of great suggestions and we're going to look into them to see what's feasible and what isn't."

The money raised will be used to make design modifications and order 1,000 screens, HDMI driver boards and 'PIBOWesque' enclosures. They estimate that units will be ready for shipping by 24 February 2014.

Kickstarter announced earlier today that £17.1 million has been raised for creative projects since its UK launch last October.

Yancey Strickler, head of communications and Kickstarter co-founder, said in a statement, "Kickstarter is just this thing that continues to grow. We always believed very strongly in this, but it is amazing to see how far it has gone and we do feel that this is just the beginning – this is just scratching the surface."

The Raspberry Pi was developed in the UK with the intention of promoting the teaching of computer science in schools. In October, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that 1.75 million of its computers had been sold across the globe.