Raspberry Pi PC
- The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that costs little more than a textbook
- Originally designed to encourage school children to learn programming skills
- The mini-PC now hugely popular with DIY geeks, who have used it to power their own creations
In a world where computers are increasingly powerful and are concealed within ever more glossy slabs of aluminum, the Raspberry Pi (RPi) offers surprising proof for the virtue of moderation.
Resembling little more than a credit card-sized scrap of exposed circuit board, the RPi is a fully programmable PC that runs a free, open-source Linux operating system, plugs into any TV, can power 3D graphics, connects to the Internet and, with a little ingenuity, be used to create your own personalized robot slave.
‘Credit card computer’ enhances learning
Eben Upton, the UK-based University of Cambridge professor and inventor behind the wallet-friendly PC, says he set out to create a computer so affordable that every child in Britain could have one.
With its rough-around-the-edges aesthetic, however, he didn’t expect it to catch on very fast and, in the early days of development, set a sales target of 10,000 units within his lifetime.
But when the RPi launched in February of this year, demand far outran supply, and all 10,000 sold out immediately — crashing the distributing websites in the process.It turned out there was a voracious appetite — particularly among a growing class of DIY geeks — for a cheap, easily-programmable, open-source piece of hardware that would allow them to let their imaginations run wild.
Now, far exceeding it’s inventor’s original estimates, the RPi is set to sell as a million units within its first year of availability.
This article was previously published at: cnn.com