Raspberry Pi, (aka Raspi or RPI) is a single
board computer developed in the UK.
It’s around the size of a credit card, is
very low cost and requires little power.
The compute power is relative to a
Pentium II pc and the graphics are similar
to a 2002 era game console.
Odroid, (varying models)
› Ardruino “boards” are micro-controllers.
› Excellent for open source projects and at
› They shouldn’t be confused with a single
› You can purchase a card, (i.e. hat) that
attaches to the RPI to simulate an ardruino.
Leader of the single board computer
Tons of online and printed resources.
Parts are easily attainable, both name
brand and off market.
Products are available online and in
Open architecture leads to myriad of
creative and functional projects.
Version 2, B+ or Pi Zero are the current
900Mhz Arm11 Broadcom BCM2835
Dualcore VideoCore GPU
1Gb of Ram
4 USB Ports
Full Size HDMI Display Port
Micro USB Power 5V
40 Pin GPIO
Micros SD Slot for Storage
Good Quality Micro SD Card, 8Gb
Power Adapter, (Smart Phone charger
USB Mouse and Keyboard
USB to Micro SD Card adapter
› Used to format Micro SD Cards on your
computer via the USB port and USB to Micro
SD Card Adapter.
Win32 Disk Imager
› Create backup images of your RPI from the
Micro SD Card to your computer and use to
load new OS images on Micro SD Cards after
Raspberry Pi B+, Ver. 2 Pi Zero
Unit Cost $20 $5
Main accessories* $70 $70
Adapter for Micro** $15-25
Yes With Additional
Case? Often cumbersome Good Idea
GPIO Pins Pre-soldered Manual Purchase and
Good for small
Best Choice for First
Pibrella, ($20, and discontinued)
RPI’s 7 inch touchscreen monitor
Or a Small, (7-10 inch) HDMI monitor
You want to just do experiments vs. have
a computer to program on and build out
The project at hand would be better
suited to a controller.
Raspberry Pi Organization
AdaFruit’s Raspberry Pi Page
My RPI page on DBAKevlar