Three years ago a small single board computer stamped with chips and I/O connectors, began receiving a great deal of press coverage. It has captured the curiosity of tech journalists and enthusiasts around the world due to a combination of its purpose, capabilities, and usefulness — with the tasty name of Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi is essentially a bare-bones of personal computer with a Linux operating system. Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.
What’s more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. They want to see the Raspberry Pi being used by kids all over the world to learn to program and understand how computers work.
There are several reasons why the Raspberry Pi is a big deal. For the technology community, this illustrates that the super cheap and ultra-affordable PC is indeed a reality. For those wanting to learn more about technology and developing it, doing so is now more affordable and accessible than ever. At the cost of a textbook, nearly everyone should be able to get a Raspberry Pi if they have the desire to learn and to potentially pursue new opportunities.