Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems We all know platforms like the Beagleboard, which are cheap hardware platforms which can be used in all sorts of projects. A new entry into this market is Raspberry Pi, a British ARM board which is slated to be released in the fourth quarter of this year. For a mere $25, you'll have a fully-configured ARM-based 1080p-capable mini-motherboard. The device is still in development, and only a few days ago, the alpha version of the board was demonstrated running Quake III.
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...and at least 20-30 times the power consumption, about 6 times the size (and that's talking mini-ITX), and a lot more noise since it will require cooling of some sort.

Totally pointless comparison.

And why will any of those things matter to third world educators?

Also, by the time you build a fully functional system the power consumption won't be all that stellar, as you will be powering a monitor and a HDD (third world folks aren't going to be able to afford much SSD). So you are not going to be running any usable computer based on this off of petal power, AAs or small scale solar cells.

Third world educator aren't going to much care about size and noise either. In fact, with a standard form factor they can probably pick up a housing very cheaply on the used market. Good luck finding a housing for Raspberry Pi - maybe they can fashion one out of adobe or something.

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unclefester Member since:

Many third world schools don't have mains electricity so they can't run 110/220V computers. However they can run the Strawberry Pi via an inexpensive solar cell, lantern battery or cheap hand generator.

A case can easily be made from wood or plastic in a local backstreet workshop.

A 12v portable TV or old laptop screen can be used as a monitor.

People in Third World countries may be poor but they aren't stupid.

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bnolsen Member since:

And this isn't for 3rd world nations. First and foremost this is for the benefit of the education system in the UK. What other extra benefits this may have are just gravy.

Of course in the UK I would think that getting a desktop x86 based computer would be fairly easy. The market there is probably saturated with plenty of people trying to find any way they can to get rid of their old equipment.

The real impact IMHO of the rpi will be for hobbyists. Cheaper than the arduino, more connectivity options (via available pins) and dramatically more horsepower.

I personally would like a microusb power connector so I power it from my computer with a $1 cable. Also microusb cell phone chargers have enough power to run the rpi (1W running quake3!) and should be available most anywhere in the world now, including some developing nations that have gone with cell phones in lieu of running traditional analog phone lines.

Edited 2011-08-29 21:07 UTC

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