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Sep 13

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Raspberry Pi, have you heard of it?

Raspberry Pi is the name of a mini-computer that has the same size as a debit/credit card. What would one expect of such a small “computer”? Not much? Well keep reading and you will find out it is not as bad as you might me thinking.

In 2011, David Braben created the Raspberry Pi Foundation and in May he announced the Raspberry Pi concept. The objective of the project is to raise funds to charity by selling the board to be widely used in IT classes. The Word, PowerPoint and Excel classes may come to an end to give space for more hardware-aware classes.

Specs

There are 2 different models, one better and more expensive than the other. Here is a comparison:

Possible applications

For a person used to deal with regular computers, this might seem useless. However, for someone more keen on the hardware side of things, this is an excelent and cost-effective solution to start your personal projects. By running Linux, you could use it to make your own Webserver or Media Center. Also, if you like robotics, there are lots of interfaces for you to play with. The possibilities are endless and you can find out what people are using RaspberryPi for.

I must emphasize the cost of this little piece of hardware. By spending 30€ any teenager can start in the Linux and hardware world. :) This is just awesome!

About the author

Ricardo Dias

Ricardo Dias was born in Entroncamento, Portugal and is studying Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at University of Aveiro. He is a researcher in robotics and is currently the Team Leader of CAMBADA@MSL team. As a hobby, he is also a freelancer Stage Lighting Designer.

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1 comment

  1. computer abuser

    a great machine for price. the duinomite or maximite might interest you. pic32 basic, 128k. runs basic.

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