Earlier this month Raspberry Pi started shipping what is almost certainly the cheapest mass-produced computer in the world. It is “a credit-card sized computer board that plugs into a TV and a keyboard. It’s a miniature ARM-based PC which can be used for many of the things that a desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays High-Definition video.”
Currently there are two Raspberry Pi models: Model A costs $25 and model B is $35 with the main difference being that the former has 256Mb of RAM, one USB port and no Ethernet network connection whereas the latter has an extra USB port plus Ethernet.
The tiny computer has been designed to inspire anyone, especially children, to get started with computer programming. It has garnered huge interest from developers, hobbyists and others interested in a cheap and easy-to-use computer. Given its incredibly low price and open source software, the Raspberry Pi is vying to be a real game-changer in third world and emerging market countries.
Here is a short BBC News report on the product details:
The 8 min video introduction below was made by Liam Fraser – the youngest Raspi volunteer, who administers the downloads server and is also behind the series of YouTube tutorials for Raspi owners.