Wondering about the Raspberry Pi

September 5th, 2012 4 Comments

I know several people, e.g. Noel (@noelportugal) and Ultan (@ultan), who were stoked to receive their Raspberry Pis. For the uninitiated, the Raspberry Pi (@raspberry_pi) is a fully functional ARM GNU/Linux machine for $25, or in longer form:

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.

While the Raspberry Pi is definitely a great educational tool for programming and computer science, it is also a hacker’s dream machine, given its low cost, low power consumption, relatively high processing power and its openness and extensibility.

Now that it’s been out for a while and shipping consistently, the hack have begun to trickle out into the intertubes, like this one that uses the Pi to control a robotic arm by voice commands.

Noel mentioned that he might begin using the Pi in his Arduino-maker adventures. Stay tuned for that. Since Halloween is coming up soon and based on his past history tinkering around Halloween, I’d say he’ll produce cool neat this year.

Anyway, yesterday Engadget had a post that provides a great starting point for the Pi, aptly titled So you got a Raspberry Pi, now what?

So, have you seen any Raspberry Pi hacks that are interesting? Have any in mind? Will you buy one?

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4 Responses to “Wondering about the Raspberry Pi”

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  2. uvox Says:

    Main problem is finding time to play around with it on your own, especially if you have a full-time job around the time of OOW. Get thee to a hackathon or make group and fast track your efforts I think.

  3. Jake Says:

    Noel’s been messing w his. He might have something for OOW. You know where to find us.

  4. SimonC Says:

    I love the Raspberry Pi, so versitile and great for kids and those with a low budget to get online.

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