The Raspberry Pi
Experts say there will be a low workforce of IT specialists in years to come and are thinking of starting ICT as early as primary school. The Raspberry Pi is a small computer the size of a credit card and they say it will help Britain’s schoolchildren improve their knowledge of programming and computer science.
Developed by co-founders Eben Upton and Peter Lomas, the Pi has also been described as kick-starting the second computing revolution as it will give opportunities for inventors and developers to make their own hardware. One organisation has said they are trying to create an in-car entertainment system where the Pi would be built into the car and controlled via an Android phone over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Another idea is to build a weather station based on the Raspberry Pi which will have a temperature, air pressure, humidity & a speed sensor along with a webcam.
The target price for the whole computer is just £25-£35 and will have a 700MHz ARM chip, VideoCore IV GPU which can handle 1080p resolution and 256 Megabytes of SDRAM which is shared with the GPU. It’s not a lot but it is a good way to get young people more involved with computer technology affordably. Learn more by visiting the official Rasberry PI website at http://www.raspberrypi.org