Well it seemed a long time coming since my first email registering interest, but today I finally had the tiny Raspberry Pi land on my door mat.
This credit card sized computer was developed not far away from me in Cambridgeshire and was created with the intention of being an aid for teaching computer science in schools. I hope this works and the curious and passionate teachers that are needed to do this are sourced, or those that are perhaps my age are re-inspired as they remember with excitement the BBC computers and ZX spectrums they first learnt to code on. That said, my coding adventure ended with the arrival of the games consoles and my very basic BASIC programming skills disolved when I discovered beer.
The Raspberry Pi is small but bulky at the same time. It seems all the space is taken up by archaic looking interfaces and reminds me how clunky wired interfaces are in general. If we compare it’s thickness to a mobile/cell phone your left feeling like your looking at some 1980′s tech.
It is of course much more than that. On closer inspection the micro usb seems perfectly suited to power this device that equipped with the ARM processor will happily allow you to crunch words and numbers, play games and high definition video via it’s HDMI connector. All this for only £25.
I can of course use a word processor/spreadsheet or video player on my £1000 MacBook Air. That’s not the point though.
By buying the Raspberry Pi I could use it as a media center, run CCTV cameras, create a cheap smart TV or network my hard drives. There’s no end of projects should I be inspired.
Some say that on the whole the kids don’t care though. That ‘Code’ is the new latin. I hope not. This little device has the potential to enable some great software/hardware hacking and has certainly proved there is a market for cheap tiny programmable computers. I am in no doubt we will soon be awash with similar devices and home automation systems and innovative ultra portable computer hacks will crop up all over the place.
Then there’s the experimentation in the developing world. perhaps small solar powered meshed computers connecting communities.
For the next few days mine will no doubt sit in it’s box next to an as yet unused Arduino.
Please send inspiration.. My new Raspberry Pi is filled with potential.
How are you using yours?
Got a Raspberry Pi? Why not add it to the tracker map… http://rastrack.ryanteck.org.uk/index.php
I’m seeing more Raspberry Pi accessories hitting Amazon
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