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A Tiny Computer to Power Big Ideas

A couple of years ago I came across an article describing a tiny computer with the power to do amazing things. With a funny and hunger-inspiring name, the Raspberry Pi (shown below) is intended to inspire creativity and tinkering by providing a powerful, flexible computer that's so small they included a free one on the cover of their magazine! Not surprisingly, a package this size also comes with a pretty small price tag. I'll dig into the technical details of how to set one up in other blog posts but for now, I'd like to share a couple of the fascinating things that people around the world have made with this mini computing marvel.

Figure 1: The Raspberry Pi - a seriously small but powerful computer

To serve as inspiration for all of the great things we'll attempt with the Raspberry Pi (Pi for short) I've made a short list of my go-to sites for Pi-related info.

Instructables.com
This is a great site that I visit all the time to see the cool and crazy things that people are creating. Contributors write How-To's for amazing things you might never have even dreamed of. The site has helped me build a 3D printer, a waist-high planter box and other fun and imaginative things. I highly recommended it!
Raspberrypi.org
The home of the UK-based non-profit that is responsible for this amazing little computer. With millions of units sold, they've definitely helped unleash a global wave of tech driven creativity. The site is a also a great place to go if you're just starting out with the Pi. Some of the crazy things you'll see here include:
There's a ton of other projects I could reference here but I think you get the idea. This tiny computer has been used in many different ways since it was first released. With a vibrant community behind it and regular hardware updates, it's exciting to think about where it will go.

In my next blog post, I'll take you through the details of how I setup my Pi step-by-step. My overall goal with this project is to build a weatherproof GPS-enabled camera unit that I can take with me wherever I go. I'll post a Basic Setup next week to get you started. ------ By the way, if you're like me, you're probably curious about how the raspberry pi got its name. Seems like it had something to do with the Python scripting language and a tradition of naming computer companies after fruit....

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