Raspberry Pi may be the most important but least recognized worldwide technology organization. With its foundation in 2006, Eben Upton, Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft, of Cambridge University wanted to lower the cost of computing as possible so that more people can be planned. This nonprofit organization has a truly laudable mission of eliminating the barriers of the cost of a computer, which ceases to be an obstacle in the world of systems engineering
Your new computer, the Raspberry Pi Zero will cost only five dollars (5$). Made in Wales, the Pi Zero is a ‘board’ complete that has a Broadcom BCM2835 processor of 1 GHz, making it 40% faster than the Raspberry Pi 1. It also has 512 MB of SDRAM, a slot for microSD and ports microUSB for transmitting power and data. It also has a miniHDMI to take video in 1080p at 60 frames per second.
It is the smallest of all RaspberryPi products, with dimensions of 65 mm by 30 mm by 5 mm. It can run applications like Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi, along with those developed by users. On the page of the company is all the documentation for fans, enthusiasts and developers who want to play and experiment with Pi Zero.
Previously, the most expensive Raspberry ranged between 20$ and 30$. Now, with this significant reduction, the organization is getting closer to fulfilling its mission of almost anyone can program.
The new Raspberry has the potential to be the most important invention of the year. With this new system, schools and educational institutions may have hundreds of computers to teach programming. It is also possible to develop their own tools for application in other fields. The most curious thing is that they also have a very cheap way to experience, which will inevitably lead to more innovation. In other words, with a five-dollar computer you can do things that I can not even imagine.
Raspberry Pi Zero is readily available, the hardware will no longer be an excuse for policies to increase knowledge in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. With a product like this, it is the obligation of institutions to establish programs
The small system has been a success. According to Ars Technica, the first 20,000 units produced were finished in less than 24 hours and gave 10,000 units to subscribers of The MAGPI, a magazine for the community that was put around these useful systems. Upton said they are producing more at its factory in Wales, and hoping to expand their firm around the world.
“You’d think we’d be used to it by now, but we’re always amazed by the level of interest in new Raspberry Pi products,” said Eben Upton, the founder of the foundation.
“Right now it appears that we’ve sold every individual Zero we made… people are scouring the country for the last few Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury and Smiths branches that haven’t sold out [of the MagPi magazine],” Upton told Wired.