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 →
A small, ugly computer playing old, primitive video games normally wouldn’t be news. But most small, ugly computers aren’t nearly as cool as the Raspberry Pi, the credit card-sized Linux computer that’s being sold for just $35 by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. And now, petRockBlog founder Florian has made the Raspberry Pi even cooler by creating an adapter for the mini-computer that’s capable of playing old-school 16-bit and 8-bit Nintendo games. More →
The Raspberry Pi $35 Linux computer, which is equipped with a 700MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, an SD card slot, two USB ports, an Ethernet jack and both HDMI and RCA outputs, will soon feature support for a camera add-on. The current prototype features a 14-megapixel camera that can be connected directly to the Rapsberry Pi through its CSI pins. The team warns that it “may downgrade the super-duperness of the camera to something with fewer than its current 14 megapixels before release,” however, in order to “keep things affordable, and a sensor of that size will end up pricey.” The add-on is slated to be released later this year and end-user pricing was not disclosed. A sample of an image taken with the camera follows below. More →
After pre-orders sold out in less than a day, the $35 Raspberry Pi Linux computer faced a number manufacturing hiccups and distribution problems. On Monday, however, the company announced that the first batch of Raspberry Pi single-board Linux computers has finally arrived at distributors and begun to ship worldwide. “This is an exciting and momentous phase for Raspberry Pi as the boards start heading out to customers from our distributors,” said Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi founder and trustee. “We know from the incredible amount of interest in Raspberry Pi that there is a huge impetus among enthusiasts and educators for a product that brings computer programming to the masses, and we encourage these new programmers to share their experiences and results with us.” The Raspberry Pi is smaller than a smartphone and is equipped with a 700MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, an SD card slot, two USB ports, an Ethernet jack and both HDMI and RCA outputs. Read on for the Raspberry Foundation’s press release. More →
Development of the Raspberry Pi single-board Linux computer has been rocky thus far. After a high demand once pre-sales were made available, the $35 computer has been plagued with manufacturing hiccups and more recently, two of its U.K. retail partners have refused to distribute the device without proper CE marking — a certification that ensures the manufacturer has complied with European regulations. The Raspberry Pi team did not seek approval because it believed the single-board computer was not a “finished end product” and did not require the certification. The company said that the first 2,000 boards arrived in the U.K. on Monday, however, and are in the process of getting CE marked “as soon as is humanly possible, in parallel with bringing the remainder of our initial batch into the country.” The Raspberry Pi Foundation did not clarify exactly when it expects the device to receive certification and become available. More →