So… I bought a Raspberry Pi.
It was really tasty, so I had to buy 300 more. Ok, so it’s not actually raspberry-flavoured and it certainly has nothing to do with pies, or the mathematical constant π either.
What it is related to, however, is electronics. In a nutshell, it’s:
- an ARM-based, fully-featured, embedded computer scaled down to the size of a credit card
- it has a 700MHz stock-clocked ARM CPU (ARM1176JZF-S), and
- 256MB RAM
- an SD card slot to store the operating system
- HDMI + composite out
- 100mbit LAN
- a GPU fast enough to play full HD 1080p video
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- some low-level peripherals
- and it costs just $35USD
What a neat little thing. You can read more about it and its initiative at the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s website.
Mine actually arrived about a month ago but I never found the time to sit down and blog about it – well, now I can! And I’ve got some interesting concepts to share.
With this setup I was able to make a live GPS tracker, using as well, of course, Google’s Google Maps API. I’ll show some screenshots of that soon.
This is one step forward in the project me and a few friends have been thinking about, which is to make a quadcopter (camera included) that is controlled over the Internet. We’re still very much in the planning phase, but we have definitely made some progress and I’ll be glad to keep blogging about that as it gets formed.