Raspberry pi : an introduction

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An introduction to the Raspberry PI computer. More information and a video of the accompanying lecture by Professor Alan Mycroft from the Raspberry Pi foundation is available here:

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Raspberry pi : an introduction

  1. 1. Raspberry Pi An Introduction Open Education WeekOxford University Computing Services http://openspires.oucs.ox.ac.uk
  2. 2. Introduction• The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard, which can be used for many of the things that your average desktop does - spreadsheets, word-processing, games and it also plays high-definition video.• The Raspberry Pi charitable foundation wants to see the device being used by kids all over the world to learn programming and electronics.
  3. 3. Computing in SchoolsWhat educational material will be available?The Raspberry Pi charitable foundation is working withpartners to get software materials developed, aswell as with the open source community. Computing at School.org.uk are writing a user guideand programming manual, the foundation is aware ofbooks being planned and written around the RaspberryPi, and enthusiasts have already started to producesome excellent tutorials including video.The foundation is also working with partners to use it asa teaching platform for other subjects, including design,art, languages and maths.
  4. 4. Background• 6+ years• Pi Foundation • Cambridge Uni • Programmers • Education• Industry support
  5. 5. USP ?• Model A - $ 25• Model B - $ 35• Why so cheap ? • SoC - System on a chip, a computer on a single low voltage chip • Linux OS
  6. 6. A Naked Pi
  7. 7. A 3D printed protype case available for free to reuse by http://marcoalici.wordpress.com/ on Shapeways.com. .. Thanks Marco
  8. 8. Operating System• Linux on a bootable SD card • Fedora • Debian • ArchLinux
  9. 9. Programming• By default, supporting Python as the educational language.• Any language which will compile for ARMv6 can be used with the Raspberry Pi, though; so you’re not limited to using Python.• For primary age SCRATCH game maker is bundled
  10. 10. Scratchscratch is free from MIT .. thanks MIT !
  11. 11. Scratch
  12. 12. Python Codehttp://teampython.wordpress.com/category/pi
  13. 13. What kind of projects ?• Video DJ Mixer integrated Media player for your TV to fight the rampant Lego Robot Monster who is detected by your Home monitoring webcam network which reports also from the Weather Station that uses the Car Super Bramble Computer to tell the School Notice-board that the Solar powered Wireless Rocket Widget should be sent back to earth ...
  14. 14. Tinkering• GPIO pins if you’re after an interesting electronics project.• Gertboard - A GPIO expansion board from the foundation for electronics projects• USB Devices / Ethernet / Hubs / AV out• Can be powered by 4 x AA batteries ...
  15. 15. Your own pocket laboratoryThanks to everyone at the Raspberry Pi Foundation - Alan Mycroft, Liz, Eben and the wider community #raspberry_pi Open Education Week Oxford University Computing Services http://openspires.oucs.ox.ac.uk

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