Recently, we in the Academic Technology department have been talking a lot about the Raspberry Pi, a computer that packs a lot of power into a teeny magenta case. The Raspberry PI was created in the United Kingdom to help democratize computing by providing an economical platform to teach coding and engineering in schools and to encourage experimentation in robotics.
In the five years since the first Raspberry Pi model was launched, the product has gone through several iterations, and is the third most successful computing platform of all time. The newest version, the Raspberry Pi Zero W, has a 1GHz, single-core CPU, 512 MB RAM, various mini-HDMI and and mini-USB ports, 802.11n wireless LAN, and Bluetooth 4.0, all for the astonishingly low price of $10. While it does not come with a keyboard, mouse, monitor, or even an operating system, its small size makes it a great fit for creative projects.
Check out this Ars Technica article to see some of the ways that people around the world have used the Raspberry Pi to power robotics, create emulators, and even create musical vegetables.
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