Element14 Introduces Raspberry Pi Projects Portal and 8GB Board Bundle

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vrmlbasic

I don't see a project on there to make a laptop. I see one about cobbling a USB power pack and cheapy LCD screen to a Pi but that's as close as I've found.

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trgz

I thought about buying the camera but when I saw the frankly greedy £6 postage I laughed and thought 'bollocks' to that. The postage for my pi was about the same and it was one of the worst packaged items I've ever received - how they can justify £6 for the camera's postage which is probably £2 tops (they certainly didn't spend that much on the pi p&p) is beyond me

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WarpathPS

Don't be the typical Euro that throws around "greedy" when you actually mean you are just "poor". Stop commenting on websites and go get a job.

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tony2tonez

I like Pi for its ability to act as a small media server or xmbcpi.
But my favorite is Arduino, i love it for its robotic applications. Its cheap and comes with a load of addon modules.

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jgottberg

Wow, the spammers are out in force today. They seem to have no problem with the BS design of this site.

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John Pombrio

There are a lot of companies jumping into the development microprocessor board arena. Wasn't Gordo showing off an Intel one the other day? I think the Pi is a little too simplistic hence all the add ons that people are developing. Legos is even bringing out a Mark 3 Mindstorm for over $330.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

It's simplistic for a reason. If it came to you ready to run Windows and play Crysis, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. But due to its simplicity, it allows you to be creative and see just exactly what you can and can't make it do. Honestly, I think this is probably one of the biggest things to happen in the world of technology for quite some time.

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dgrmouse

DeltaFIVEEngineer said, "I think this is probably one of the biggest things to happen in the world of technology for quite some time."

I was somewhat excited about the devices when they were announced, but my enthusiasm fizzled almost as fast as their distribution plans. The charm of a $25 computer is significantly diminished when it's going to cost $75+ to actually get my hands on it (source: Amazon.com - pi+cheap case+power adapter+shipping). In the meantime, I can drive down to a nearby electronics/hobby shop and buy a used beat-up desktop PC + a nice USB PIC (eg STM32 @ $10) for less money.

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jgottberg

I agree. It gives enthusiasts something to customize and truly make their own. Wanna make a really low-end Netflix streaming box? This can do it. The price of admission is so low, a high school kid (or younger) can mow a couple of lawns and afford something that he/she can customize and have some fun with. This gets those little creative minds going.

25/30 years from now, we will probably be hearing kids that grew up with these look back fondly on them, as I still do with my Commodore 64, and say it was the inspiration that got them into this hobby. :)

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dgrmouse

jgottberg said, "Wanna make a really low-end Netflix streaming box? This can do it."

Are you sure about that? I was under the impression that this wasn't possible at present. Either way, by the time you factor in the cost of a case, a remote control, etc, if media streaming is your goal you're better off driving to Wal-Mart and buying a $60 set-top.

jgottberg said, "25/30 years from now, we will probably be hearing kids that grew up with these look back fondly on them, as I still do with my Commodore 64"

Time will tell, I guess. I don't think I would've been so keen on my old computers, though, if there was a decked out core i7 box in the den.

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WarpathPS

I am not only sure about that I know it does because I have a Raspberry Pi hooked up to my 55" TV. It can stream 1080p all day long easily and it should because the board and cpu is the same one found in the Roku. You are essentially buying a Roku that you can use with linux, that is pretty fun and useful. I have seen people using these for cars with double din touchscreens as well.

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dgrmouse

WarpathPS said, "I am not only sure about that I know it does because I have a Raspberry Pi hooked up to my 55" TV. It can stream 1080p"

I was asking specifically about Netflix. I am under the impression that streaming Netflix isn't possible on these devices because the DRM isn't up to snuff. Everything I've read indicates that the best chance of having this change is porting Android to the Pi, although I'm not sure that even that would be enough. In the meantime, the only alternatives I'm aware of are hacktastic - eg PlayOn server running on an x86 machine and transcoding the stream.

If you have indeed found a good way to stream Netflix on a Pi, please do tell us about it.

WarpathPS also said, "You are essentially buying a Roku that you can use with linux"

Except that the Roku comes with a case, a motion-sensing Bluetooth Remote with a headphone jack, built-in support for a huge amount of ready-to-use-content including Netflix, Hulu+ and Amazon Instant, an integrated power supply, all the necessary cabling to hook it up to a TV, built-in WiFi, and an instruction manual that your average grandmom can implement in 10 minutes. I'm not saying that a Roku can be directly compared to a Pi, but for an inexpensive streaming device the Roku is quite superior.