I like the Raspberry Pi.  No…I really like the Raspberry Pi.  I’m sure there are a lot of other computers out there like it, but for $35, it’s a pretty cool piece of hardware for the hobbyist.

If you haven’t yet played with a Pi, it is a $35 computer all in one board that can be purchased from either the Raspberry Pi foundation (at http://www.raspberrypi.org), or at certain electronics stores, my favorite being Microcenter (http://www.microcenter.com).

It can be used for a bunch of cool things such as:

  • Web server
  • Home Media Server
  • Arcade Controller
  • Model Train Controller

It is based on an ARM processor and runs a few varieties of Linux.  Also, it has a bunch of available GPIO (General Purpose Input / Output) pins, which can be configured in software to do all sorts of cool stuff, like attach a LCD display, IR receiver, or power button.

It is powered by a simple micro USB cable, the same kind used to charge most android phones.  It also has 4 USB ports (for the Raspberry Pi B and Version 2), and wired ethernet.

Take a look at some of the Pi projects.  Some are easier than others, but all are kind of fun.

Link to Raspberry Pi Projects