I mean it’s amazing if you think about it.. that the image above is small enough to carry around your pocket but also equipped enough to exist as a fully capable PC. Okay, so it might not strike you as beautiful but how often do we have the opportunity to break our iPhones and look at the insides ourselves? Over the course of a generation, technology advancements have improved drastically. So much so, in fact, that the children of the 90′s and onward continue to prance around with our iPads and smartphones– our noses in the air. It seems that we think our sophisticated and refined tech exposure and our ability to work ON these machines have somehow made us MORE advanced than the generation before us — the less fortunate era. We are so, entirely wrong.
The reason these advancements were possible was because of the game hackers, programmers and experienced individuals before us. Yeah, their PC monitors and game consoles were totally lame but that made it okay to mess around with them. How can we learn when our technology is too advanced to hack into, to challenge, to question? That’s where Raspberry Pi comes into play, a computer that kids and adults can learn to program on by fiddling with them.
Oh, and did I mention it’s only $35.00? You still have part of your paycheck to blow on their unbeatable list of awesome accessories. If you’re interested, now or by the end of this article, here are two companies that distribute Raspberry Pi around the world: Premier Farnell/Element 14 and RS Components. You can also buy the Pi on Amazon but the price is hijacked up to $65.00 (I’m assuming this is to account for the expedited shipping).
Here’s what you’ll get when you order one (aka here’s a run down of the components that make up this CPU):