Raspberry Pi: An Approachable, Fun Single Board Computer

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Raspberry Pi is a neat little single board computer, developed by Eben Upton, that can be used for all kinds of projects, especially for kids and learning programming. From the FAQ: "The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and 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." Its costs just US$35.

The normal method of programming is with Python. You'll need a power supply (MicroUSB cable), some other support cables, a mouse and keyboard, an SD memory card, and a host computer, PC or Mac, to get going. The cool factor is that you can get your head around this little single board computer and really make things happen.


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Adam Christianson

I got one for Xmas in a “Make” kit from Radio Shack. It was nice because it included the OS already on an SD card. It also came with some add-on stuff including a breadboarding kit, a case, and a book. http://www.makershed.com/Raspberry_Pi_Starter_Kit_p/msrpik.htm

I programmed it to recognize button presses on some hardware switches and trigger various audio clips. Now I’m thinking of trying it out as a PLEX Media Center Client by running RasPLEX, http://rasplex.com

Spyder Ryder

it’s $129 according to YOUR link above http://www.makershed.com/Raspberry_Pi_Starter_Kit_p/msrpik.htm


I just delivered to NASA a 3u rack box populated with 8 Raspberry Pis (relax, they aren’t going into space! I like Pis, but don’t trust them quite THAT far!).

And Spyder, the Raspberry Pi itself is $35. You can easily spend three times that on all the stuff that you put on it.

Adam Christianson

@Spyder Ryder, my link is for a “Kit” that includes several extras beyond just the $40.00 Raspberry Pi unit. The kit includes:

- 512MB Raspberry Pi Model B
- Adafruit Pi Cobbler Breakout Kit
- MAKE: Pi Enclosure
- USB wall charger (2A) and USB cable
- 8GB Class 4 SDHC flash memory card preloaded with the NOOBs (New Out Of Box) image from the Raspberry Pi foundation.
- Deluxe full-sized breadboard
- Mintronics Survival Pack Guts with 60+ components (tin not included, just the guts)
- HDMI high-speed cable
- Deluxe breadboard jumper wires
- Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Print book

If you want just the Raspberry Pi unit it’s here: http://www.makershed.com/Raspberry_Pi_Model_B_Revision_2_0_p/mkrpi2.htm

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