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Delicious programming with Raspberry Pi

There’s a Pi on the market that may not be able to satisfy your hunger, but will satisfy your geek-needs.

Originally designed to teach children how to perform basic programming language, ‘Raspberry Pi’ took the worldwide market by storm because of the endless amount of useful things it can do at such a low price.

The credit card sized single board computer uses the Linux operating system and can be customised for projects such as robotics, creating arcade machines, setting up a media centre, playing games… one user even constructed a Raspberry Pi UAV.

As Raspberry Pi is a charitable foundation, the product itself is not-for-profit. The price reflects the manufacturing and shipping costs for the computer board.

While it may be harder to use for users not accustomed to coding, there is a lot of user-friendly information out there. You can also access the ‘Pi Store’ which provides popular apps to help Pi users create and share projects.

There are two distinct versions of the Raspberry Pi currently available:

  • Model A  features a single USB port and 256MB of RAM – $25
  • Model B contains two USB ports, an Ethernet port, and 512MB RAM (but consumes more power than Model A) – $35

With a low draw on power, no excessive noise (as it has no fans or moving parts) and its ability to play almost every video format under the sun, the Raspberry Pi may well become a key to creativity unlocking your imaginations wildest dreams.

It is recommended you use at least a Class 4 card of 4GB capacity if you want to run additional programs to the image, although cards from 2GB to 32GB will also work.

There also are many additional accessories you can purchase for the Raspberry Pi such as a 5-megapixel camera module that can record 720p and 1080p at 30 frames per second in G264 video format.

One of the most popular projects is using a Raspberry Pi to create your very own media centre. Here are some other stand out projects that demonstrate the potential of the platform:

Have you built something using Raspberry Pi? What would you like to build? Let us know in the comments below.

4 comments

  1. Greg says:

    These are awesome! 🙂

    I’ve already built a GPS based clock. My next project is to have it control a camera tripod.

  2. OldSchoolGamer says:

    Hey,

    Is it possible to create a dos environment with Raspberry Pi? I’d love to create a portable little computer for dos games.

    Cheers 🙂

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