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Aliya Lewis
Aliya Lewis

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Raspberry Pi?

What even is a Raspberry Pi? Are there Blueberry and Apple Pis too?

I've heard it talked about at school, referenced and played a key role in a TV show (Mr. Robot to be specific and yes, you should definitely watch it!), watched Youtube videos and live demos of it but I still wasn't sure what it was. So, what is a Raspberry Pi? According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation:

" It's a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It's capable of doing everything you'd expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the Internet to making spreadsheets or playing games."

Okay, now that I have a better understanding of what it is, why would I want one? Well, turns out you can do an almost endless amount of things with a Raspberry Pi, but I'll just name a few:

  • Make a digital photo frame.

  • Make a robotic coffee maker.

  • Build an old school arcade game.

  • Stream Netflix and Amazon Video (where you can watch Mr. Robot btw).

  • Practice/improve your coding skills.

That "build an old school arcade game" sounds like fun, but where do I start? I typed "How to build an arcade game with a Raspberry Pi?" in the Google search bar and almost too much information popped up! There are countless Youtube videos/tutorials, blog posts, websites, etc. that will point me in the right direction. I also saw that Raspberry Pi kits can cost anywhere from $27 - $90+ (with accessories that can be purchased at an additional cost).

In the coming weeks, I'll be working on a project with a partner from school, building something out with a Raspberry Pi! Have any of you built something with one? How did it go? Any tips/tricks/comments? Let me know below!


Top comments (2)

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Fulton Browne

I use mine as a test server for web services.

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Aliya Lewis

That's a good use for a Raspberry Pi!