One Million Raspberry Pis

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By Joshua Ostrer

Raspberry Pi, the $25 computer, has just sold its millionth unit less than a year into its existence.

This device is a “credit-card sized computer that plugs into a TV and a keyboard.

It’s a capable little PC that can be used for many of the things that 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,” according to the product’s website, raspberrypi.org.

The computer comes equipped with RCA video, audio, LED lights, USB ports, LAN (local area connection) connectivity, HDMI capability and SD card features.

Raspberry Pi was created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and headed by Eben Upton, a professor at the University of Cambridge.

It was made with the goal of increasing availability of computing to young students.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is actually a charity and was not prepared for the positive response its product received.

Its initial 10,000 units sold out within minutes and the foundation received over 100,000 preorders from its first day alone.

Now, less than a year from its release date of Feb. 29, 2012, one million units have been sold.

What can you do with Raspberry Pi? Well, basically anything.

As many computing enthusiasts or beginners have gotten their hands on the computer, they’ve done some impressive things: automating an Etch-a-Sketch to make a drawing you want, opening up your garage door when you ask Siri to, making a clock, making a mini weather-station, radio, arcade games, jukebox, baby monitor…really you can make this computer do just about anything you can think of.

Raspberry Pi is being  sold online at raspberrypi.org, model A ($25) has 256MB of RAM and one USB port, while model B ($35) has 512MB RAM, along with two USB ports and an Ethernet port.

 

 

 

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