Raspberry Pi & Arduino
Recently I came across a brilliant project called Rapsberry Pi. What is Raspberry Pi you ask? Well to answer that I think it’s best that I just quote the FAQ on the Rasperry Pi’s homepage:
[pullquote]The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
And the best part? Well it’ll cost a mere 25$ for the non-ethernet version or 35$ for the ethernet version. This reason alone should be enough to make any tech-savy person pay attention but there’s more. As an Arduino enthusiast I see massive potential in the Raspberry Pi both as a coding tool (it will be able to run Linux distros) and more importantly as a processing heart for different Arduino projects. While the Arduino makes communication with different digital and analogue IO devices a piece of cake it does have one drawback. The Arduino doesn’t pack much processing power and this is where the Raspberry Pi equipped with a 700 MHz ARM processor comes in and which should be well enough for any project you decide to undertake. Of course you could use your Android phone or even your PC but the Raspberry Pi is portable, compact and can run off 5V power source (batteries anyone?). Besides – this screams geek. Not to mention the cool factor that goes through the roof.
All in all I am already dead set on getting one of those Raspberry boards as soon as they get out if I manage to get in line soon enough to get one from the first batch (which I somehow doubt).