Skip to comments.Raspberry Pi mini computer becomes a tech playground
Posted on 03/08/2013 10:05:15 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_BeachEdited on 03/08/2013 1:24:35 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
The bare-bones $35 computer by a Broadcom engineer teaches programming skills to children.
Broadcom engineer Eben Upton started a foundation with a simple goal: to make and sell an inexpensive computer that could help teach children computer programming.
The result: Upton created the Raspberry Pi, a $35 computer slightly larger than an Altoids tin that's like a blank slate for tech enthusiasts.
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I’ve watched this thing come to fruition for quite some time now, the only thing is, I can’t think of anything to use it for. Probably going to use it to control something, but haven’t decided what.
Cheap tech ping!
Didn’t you buy one of these? I was thinking of getting one just for the geek factor alone :)
Thanks for the ping.
I felt the same way about personal computers in the eighties. The business I worked for in the late 70s had their own computer intranet, which we managers had to file daily reports on, but outside of business, accounting, research, military, and government, I just couldn't imagine all of the things we use personal computers for today.
I got one. It’s worth it just to run XBMC. I can’t wait for the next version, whatever that may bring.
The life hacker / survival / EDC crowd uses the word tin a lot. Altoids tins are a staple of their conversations.
No doubt. Perhaps we can call them pico-computers. They'll surely get smaller still so we should hold off from using the term nano-computer.
I have one on the den TV running Raspbmc so I can stream video. It works great. It streams 1080p video just fine. I measured the power draw and it will cost me <$5/yr to leave it on 24/7.
Sunday morning bump and some techie pings.
>>Using one to build my Masters capstone project.
Cool, would love to hear more about the project. I have one and got one for my bro for Christmas. They were hard to find at that time, but MCM electronics had them in stock.
Also, you will need to get a .mp2 license for about $4, if you want to watch any of your movie files in that format. Mp4 and some other formats work fine without the license.
Thanks for the link. I'm planning on connecting it to the real world soon, as I have been playing around with the arduino and netduios boards as well.
I’m just about ready to buy three, but am stumped over one point.
Which type are you using?
Right now, I’m just using a Logitech wireless mouse.
I think there’s a way to use your iPhone (or a smartphone in general), but it hasn’t been enough of a priority yet. I had the mouse, and I’ve only had the thing going for 2-3 weeks, and I’ve been busy with other things.
How did you watch the Amazon Prime stream? In Raspbmc? Or just through a browser in Raspian? Other?
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