Raspberry Pi – technology mixology

Following my Pinkberry and Pepperberry posts, here’s Raspberry Pi – I had been hoping for a product called Raspberry to continue my occasional series featuring products with fruity names that are not phones.

Raspberry Pi sounds like a seasonal cocktail, or an novel expression of the mathematical constant, but it is actually a piece of hardware designed to help kids learn computer hacking. This is not a misprint or an innovative educational development based on recent stories involving the British press. As Chris Williams explains in The Register (see link below) the idea is based on ‘the old sense of the word hacking, that is, to ingeniously cobble stuff together to make cool new things’. Or a kind of IT mixology. However, it does have something in common with what we now think of as hacking, as it is designed to get young people involved in computing. 

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK registered charity (Registration Number 1129409) which is developing products that aim to promote the study of computer science, especially in schools, and to put the fun back into learning computing http://www.raspberrypi.org/

To this end, its first product is a low-power credit-card size computer designed to plug into a TV or  be combined with a touch screen for a low cost tablet. The expected price is $25 – or just over £20 – which is not much more than the price of a cocktail in a smart London venue, for a fully-configured system. You can find the full spec, including photos and an explanation of how it works here http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/28/raspberry_pi/

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