This week a colleague and I met with the great guys at UK Fast, who as part of their awesome hospitality gave us both a Raspberry Pi each. For those who aren’t 100% sure on what the Pi is, and think UK Fast might be handing out dodgy-spelled desserts, it’s essentially a £30, pack-of-cards-sized computer, which is being used for everything between teaching children in schools basic computer programming, to controlling robots and even running a pub automatically.
It’s not the most powerful tool in the shed on its own, but is very flexible and can do some pretty impressive things for those good with programming languages.
As someone whose programming hat is quite dusty, I’m taking a pretty beginner’s look at the Pi, with the aim now of wanting to get a bit more of an understanding of what it’s capable of. After spending a couple of hours this week installing the operating system and getting to grips with some basic functions, I’m feeling ready to take on a little project. My next blog will go through how much this beginner’s been able to achieve over a 4-8 week period, highlighting any challenges along the way.
In the meantime, below are some pretty cool things people have already done with Pi, which I’m using as inspiration and give a good flavour of the kinds of things it can do:
Touchscreen tablet computer made using Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi remote-controlled, camera-equipped robot