axelRaspberry pi is a British single board computer company that released their first model back in 2012. However, it was in 2014 when they released their smaller and less expensive model, that they really burst onto the scene. So, what is it?
Raspberry pi was designed to be a tool to teach anyone, children or adults about programming. Offering a stripped down version of a normal computer, raspberry pi only gives the core components needed for creating your own computer. With memory, input devices, and screens all separate, raspberry pi is really the bare minimum. Its minimalism, simplicity, and ingenuity is what has lead it to selling over 5 million units, making it Britain’s bestselling computer.
So how does it work? Well once you are all connected with a keyboard and or mouse, and a screen you can essentially program anything you like. The only limiting factors are the memory (which you provide and can boost) and the speed of the board. But this gets better with every new iteration.
Due to its versatility people have been able to use raspberry pi to make all manner of devices. From setting up weather stations, to programming small robots, and even a tripped out microwave with food scanner and timer.
How to get started.
There are a few things you will need.
- First off, is obviously the Raspberry pi device itself
- Secondly you’ll need some way of displaying the output. Since the Raspberry Pi 2, there is an HDMI output, so hooking up to your computer or TV shouldn’t be a problem. In September of 2016 however, raspberry pi released their own screen which works directly with the device, although there are alternatives.
- To be able to talk to the device you are going to need at least a keyboard, so you can write your program, but the USB interface of the Raspberry Pi means that a regular USB keyboard will do
- A how to guide. This is best if you are totally new to the idea of Raspberry Pi, and programming. It will lead you through the process and serve as an invaluable referral guide when you get moving.