What is a Raspberry Pi?
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. The Raspberry Pi also plays high-definition video. Power is supplied through a micro USB cable.
This neat little computer was developed by The Raspberry Pi Foundation in the UK for educational purposes. But like any great idea, it looks like the Pi is destined for a great future that extends way beyond the creator’s original intentions.
For the most current information on the Raspberry Pi, check out the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Why am I so impressed?
The price – where else can you find a single board computer with so much capability for $35 USD?
The ease of Setup – I had one running in 20 minutes!
The GPIO Port – I’ve bought a lot of sample single board computers and “web servers on a board” with IO ports over the past few years and all of them fell short of my expectations. The Raspberry Pi delivered!
The Development Community – Rev B has just come out and there is already a wealth of knowledge on the net. Plus I see more & more expansion hardware available every day.
The WOW Factor – Not since the Sinclair launch in 1980 has something so neat come along. The Sinclair was a Z80 based computer that you could buy for $199.95 and within 2 years Sinclair had shipped 250,000 units. There is no comparison between now and 33 years ago, but you need to realize that the Sinclair enabled many thousands to participate in the early computer revolution who, because of the cost of mainstream computers would not have been able to participate at all, and I was one of those fortunate few. For more info on the Sinclair, please go here.