Raspberry Pi, the whole new computer for just 35 bucks!

Raspberry Pi, the whole new computer for just $35

That is all you pay for a Raspberry Pi minicomputer board. We are not talking about a desktop or a laptop with all the bells and whistles, we are talking about the little single board computer or “SBC”. The Raspberry Pi is a tiny credit card sized device with so many uses. That is possibly the biggest British invasion since the Beatles.

At the first glance, the Raspberry pi doesn’t seem very impressive, especially when you look at the spec sheet of a quad core CPU. Well, it doesn’t support all the same instructions as a desktop or laptop x86 CPU, but it comes with a single gigabyte of RAM, four USB ports, one HDMI port, an ethernet jack, a microSD slot for storage, wireless and Bluetooth, a 3mm combined video and headphone jack and so many other cool features.

You can try to use the Raspberry Pi or what they call a Pi as a general-purpose PC for web surfing and YouTube, but we don’t really recommend that. The default Linux distro that serves the Pi operating system is called “Raspbian” which is great for everyday use and you can actually learn more about Linux using the RPi.

What really makes the Pi interesting is only a couple of slots for mounting a small camera, an LCD display like the kind you find on the back of a digital camera and the 40 pin general-purpose input and output or GPIO output which allows you to connect the pie to everything from weather stations to robots.

This functionality was originally built into the Pi so it can be used to teach computer science and programming to relatively young students, but it is the main reason that it’s become so popular among do-it-yourselfers on all ages for home projects.

You get more flexibility in a DIY media stick like Raspberry Pi than a phone cast or tablet, thanks to open source media centric OSs like Cody or dirt. You can get a cheap home server solution when you connect a USB stick or external hard drive to the Pi. If you are looking for something beyond the realm of everyday computing, you can buy special lowlight cameras for the pi in a simple and effective home surveillance server. You can hook it up to your home entrance to create a smart door lock.

The list goes on; you can even create a brewing controller for home beer making. Delicious indeed! Projects range from food to real working robots and even raspberry pi controlled drones not to mention the raspberry pi gaming potential. You are not able to run Crysis with Max settings, but it turns out the Pi is great for retro games of all sorts as open source projects like retro pie are capable of running games for everything from the Atari to the Nintendo 64. Many users have even gone as far as to build custom enclosures for the pi, turning it into a fully portable retro gaming machine supporting more consoles , but of course, a lot of those projects require you to have a little patience and learn a thing or two about Linux, but with million raspberry pi shipped since its debut in 2012, even kids producing some really cool projects, there is nothing stopping you from making something as crazy as your own fallout boy, especially if there are plenty of custom cases and accessories and also how-to guides online.

Just do not try to eat it, as it is not a real desert! it is Pi Not a pie.