The Raspberry Pi 3 is available in South Africa! However, there are many of us who have never heard of it or even know what it is. The Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer, the size of a credit card. The Raspberry Pi was developed in 2011 in the UK and has increased in popularity in both the public and the private sector.
Now you may ask what will you do with a credit card sized computer which doesn’t have a screen or any input devices.
All Raspberry Pis include a graphics processing unit (GPU), computer processing unit (CPU), RAM and several slots to input USBs, HDMI and Micro SD cards. This allows you to connect the computer to a monitor, mouse and keyboard, and even expand the storage with a Micro SD Card.
The new release of the Raspberry Pi 3 pushes the limits of what these tiny computers can do.
Here are the specifications of the Raspberry Pi 3
Processor – Broadcom BCM2387 chipset, 1.2GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53.802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1
GPU – Dual Core VideoCore IV Multimedia Co-Processor. Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode. 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s, or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure.
Memory – 1GB LPDDR2.
Operating System – Boots from Micro SD card, running a version of the Linux operating system or Windows 10 IoT.
Dimensions – 85 x 56 x 17mm.
Power – Micro USB socket 5V1, 2.5A.
Those are some impressive specs for such a small device, but what can you do with this?
There are 5 fun uses for a Raspberry Pi, they include:
1) Retro Arcade
The Raspberry Pi can be used to play retro games.
Your Raspberry Pi can be set up with WhatsApp, thanks to a tutorial from Emmeshop Electronics.
3) Pi Multi-Room Music player
Getting a multi-room music player was quite expensive, however, with the Raspberry Pi anyone can easily set this up!
4) Robots everywhere!
You can even program your own robot!
5) Track your cat
The Pi can be set up to keep track of your cat, so you never lose your kitty.
With the Raspberry Pi the options are endless, and it is a fully functioning computer…dynamite comes in small packages!
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