The bulk of Raspberry Pi production moved from China last September to one of Sony’s factories in Wales. The Raspberry Pi Foundation this week announced that the U.K. plant has now produced more than 500,000th units in a little over six months. Weekly production of the popular credit card-sized computer is now said to be around 40,000 units in the U.K. facility alone, and that number “is set to climb further.” The company wouldn’t go into further detail, although it did confirm that it sold its millionth Pi unit in January, adding that there will soon be “more Made in the U.K. Pis in the world than their Made in China cousins.” More →
The cheaper model of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s microcomputer is now available in the United States. The Raspberry Pi Model A is equipped with the same 700MHz processor as the more expensive Model B but includes only one USB port, no Ethernet port, and half the RAM of the original model to keep the price low. Sales of the Model A began in Europe in February and expanded to Asia last week. Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton has revealed that sales of the cheaper Pi unit are around “a few thousand a week” so far. More →
The Raspberry Pi was invented in the United Kingdom and now it’s going to be manufactured there was well. Computerworld UK reports that the Raspberry Pi Foundation has decided to move the main production facility for the Linux-based mini-computer from China to Wales in a bid to meet unexpectedly high demand in western markets. Apparently the foundation was experiencing manufacturing bottlenecks at its Chinese facilities and thus decided to move production closer to home where it will be easier to monitor. The $35 Raspberry Pi has become a surprise hit since its launch in 2012 and has sold around 1 million units in just over a year on the market.
Minecraft, the popular sandbox construction game that has taken the world by storm, is now available for the similarly popular Raspberry Pi computer. Mojang, the company behind the hit game, announced on Monday that Minecraft: Pi Edition is available for free on the credit card-sized device. The game supports the same creative gameplay, although it doesn’t support the survival mode that mobile and desktop users have come to know. On the other hand, it also grants users the unique ability to edit the game’s code at a base level and allows them to manipulate the game to their liking. More →
It has been a big week for the organization behind the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer. The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Monday announced the availability of the cheaper Model A version of its popular microcomputer and on Wednesday it revealed a new camera add-on for the device. The 5-megapixel camera module will be able to connect directly to the Raspberry Pi and is capable of capturing 1080p HD video. The Foundation revealed that the camera will cost $25 and is “at least a month away” from being released.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced on Monday that the cheaper model of its microcomputer is now available in Europe and is coming “very soon” to the rest of the world. The Raspberry Pi Model A is equipped with the same 700MHz processor as the Model B but includes only one USB port, no Ethernet port, and half the RAM of the original model. The device consumes roughly a third of the power of the Model B, however, making it the perfect solution for projects that use a battery or solar power. The Raspberry Pi Model A is now available to European buyers for $25 from RS Components and Premier Farnell/element14.
How’s this for a cool initiative? The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced on Tuesday that it will team up with Google (GOOG) to give 15,000 Raspberry Pi computers away to children in the United Kingdom to help them develop their programming skills. The foundation says that it and Google are “going to be working with Google and six U.K. educational partners to find the kids who we think will benefit from having their very own Raspberry Pi,” and will presumably target kids who have shown an aptitude for programming. More →
Raspberry Pi’s $35 Linux-based computer is a runaway success. Creator Eben Upton told ZDNet in a recent interview that his team thought they would sell 1,000 units when they were designing the mini PC, but sales have now topped 700,000. “We honestly did think we would sell about 1,000, maybe 10,000 in our wildest dreams,” Upton said. “We thought we would make a small number and give them out to people who might want to come and read computer science at Cambridge.” On a slightly disappointing note to those hoping for an upgraded model in 2013, Upton said in the interview that the company has no plans to launch a sequel to the latest Raspberry Pi “Model B” this year.
The numbers are in and the $35 Raspberry Pi Linux PC is a success. After pre-orders sold out in less than 24 hours, the credit card-sized computer faced a number manufacturing hiccups and distribution problems. In April, the first batch of Raspberry Pis finally arrived at distributors and begun to ship worldwide. The company announced this week that one of its two distributors, Premier Farnell, has sold more than half a million units. More →
The holidays are over, but if you find yourself the owner of an iOS device with Siri and a Raspberry Pi computer, you can combine the two to automatically open up your garage door with this cool little hack by “DarkTherapy.” Using “SiriProxy running on the Raspberry Pi, along with wiringPi to access the Pi’s GPIO pins and turn a relay on/off,” DarkTherapy was able to upgrade his iPhone 5’s personal assistant with a nifty new skill — the ability to open garage doors. Brave geeks can head over to DarkTherapy’s forum post for instructions on the hack and a video of Siri the butler opening a garage door follows below.
DIY developers adore the $35 Raspberry Pi and huge communities have enabled the Linux-powered computer to do cool things like emulate Super Nintendo games and run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. What’s next for the cheap computer? The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced it’s launching the “Pi Store” – an app store created in partnership with IndieCity and Velocix. Anyone will be able to download and upload their own apps to the Pi Store for consideration according to Raspberry Pi’s website. The Pi Store will have 23 free apps at launch as well as paid content. As with the success of the Raspberry Pi itself, the Pi Store’s success hinges on the community’s support. The Pi Store can be accessed here.
Raspberry Pi — the super-ugly, super-affordable $35 computer — is about to lose its Linux-only shackles and move into the modern touch interface era with Android. The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Tuesday announced that one of its engineers was putting the finishing touches on an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich port that will let users bring all their favorite Android apps over to Raspberry Pi, and to make their Pi more touch-friendly if it’s hooked up to a screen with touch capabilities. The Pi’s Android port comes around a week after Gooseberry announced its own Android-based cheap computer known as the Gooseberry Board. More →
The Raspberry Pi had better watch its back because there’s a new kid on the block that’s aiming to steal its thunder in the market for low-cost computers. Tom’s Hardware reports that Gooseberry’s new Gooseberry Board computer will sell for $62 and will have significantly better specs than the Raspberry Pi, including “a 1 GHz overclockable A10 processor, a 400 MHz Mali processor, 4 GB of on-board storage as well as Android 4.03 ICS” in addition to 512MB of RAM. Don’t expect to see the Gooseberry Board on Best Buy (BBY) shelves anytime soon, though, as Gooseberry is initially limiting its production of the Android-based computer to 500 units. More →