Thursday, 26 November 2015

Kids can buy a computer with pocket money - Raspberry Pi Zero

Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched its latest product - the Raspberry Pi Zero. And you can pick up for a mere $5 or £4 in the UK. I went on a little adventure to see if I can't find one for my kids, but unfortunately all the MagPi magazines in my local area was sold out. {MagPi's Christmas Edition, which went on sale today, is giving away Pi Zero as a free gift}

We took a closer look to find out what you will get for your money.

So Raspberry Pi have been making affordable computers for a while, but today's edition is half the size of the Model A+ and has more utility. The PiZero has:

  • 1Ghz, Single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini HDMI and USB On-The-Go ports
  • Micro USB power
  • HAT-compatible 40-pin header
  • Composite video and reset headers
The Zero still runs on the "Raspian" operating system so can be used for Minecraft and coding in Python. It only measure 6.5cm x 3cm x 0.5cm, so it is smaller can a 5 dollar bill.

Founder, Eben Upton, has made it his mission to drive down the price of the Raspberry Pi to ensure that every child can have access to one and explore computing. It's also being manufactured in Wales, United Kingdom.

I had a similar experience to Eben, saved up for ages for my Amiga, says Tracy

Be aware that you may need additional cables and accessories for the Raspberry Pi Zero.  These include a Mini HDMI to HDMI cable, USB Adapter Cable, 40-Pin male header, power supply, SD card - which bumps up the price to £16 | $29.95 (Starter Pack from Adafruit) It is still very affordable if you are starting from scratch.

I am definitely going to add one for each of my kids in their Christmas Stockings this year. (Better be quick as these are selling like hot cakes!)

It is available from today in the UK at element14, The Pi Hut and Pimoroni, and in the US from Adafruit and in-store at your local branch of Micro Center.

If you got one with a MagPi Magazine today, share your story!

Image Credit: Raspberry Pi

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