A couple of weeks ago I heard about a new(ish) computer that could possibly revolutionise the world of IT.
Although we are pretty power hungry beings – waiting for the next version of the iPad (with Retina display obviously) – there are some applications that don’t need this amount of computing power. And this is where the Raspberry Pi steps in. The basic ‘A’ model costs £16 (yes, sixteen pounds!) and is the size of a credit card. Theres no milled aluminium case here (or beige box for that matter).
The computer is as basic as it gets (there is an upgraded model for around £30.)
You need a keyboard, mouse and screen, but otherwise you can run this little machine from a basic plastic mount box.
You can read about the technical specifications here, but I can’t help but think that this is a huge leap forward. We are able now to buy kit that has sufficient processing power off a low power load but is as cheap as chips.
I have a client who is looking at building these sort of things into school desks – where basic applications can run. They will be so cheap as to not be not worth stealing. They can also be used to run robotics as the size is so small. I am also wondering about their use as processors of images as part of a TV screen set up. As the machine can process video there is no reason they can’t be plugged into the back of a projector – which in turn can take a feed from the internet.
I am guessing that the processing power available is higher than that of the Appollo Space ships which took man to the moon! This is fantastic progress…