What is Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a palm sized computer that plugs into your TV with a keyboard and mouse. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the day to day tasks that your home PC would normally do – EXCEPT, it’s the price of a couple of cinema tickets. This little beauty can also play high-definition video!
Where did the idea come from?
The idea behind a computer so cheap and tiny came in 2006, when Eben Upton and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory became concerned about the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skills levels of the A-level students applying to read Computer Science in each academic year. From a situation in the 1990s where most of the kids applying were coming to interview as experienced hobbyist programmers, the landscape in the 2000s was very different; a typical applicant might only have done a little web design.
- 512MB @ 700MHz
- 2x USB Port
- RCA Video
- 3.5mm Audio
- LAN Input
- Audio Output
What do we think?
At around £25 the Raspberry PI is an excellent buy for many reasons:
- It allows younger users to gain essential programming experience where they wouldn’t usually due to the high chance of “bricking” their more expensive computer systems
- The Raspberry PI has a substantial level of performance and is capable of a HD output upto 1920x 1200 – all on a single board.
- Its extremely cheap!
So that’s our input, what do you think about the Raspberry PI Micro Computer?
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