New website caters to Raspberry Pi modders of all skill levels
Want to see detailed steps on how to turn the Raspberry Pi into a fully functional laptop? How about directions for controlling a Raspberry Pi with an Xbox 360 controller? Both are fairly easy to accomplish in the grand scheme of the things, but if you're new to the world of modding and mini PCs, it can be a little daunting. Hence part of the reason Element14 went and created Raspberry Pi Projects, a website that caters to Raspberry Pi owners of any and all skill levels.
The unique $35 Raspberry Pi computer set the PC world on its ear last year. Part computer science project and part incredibly cheap PC, the DIY single-board computer is such a hot item, some retailers are charging double what the unit originally cost. Of course, where there’s money, there’s Intel. The chip giant has formally introduced its $320 “Next Unit of Computing,” or NUC, PC concept—basically a bare-bones, hobbyist kit PC. While this is admittedly an apple–to-orange comparison in many respects, we felt that hobbyists deserve to see an accounting of the pros and cons of each in a head-on fight.
Note: This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
A $25 camera add-on will allow Raspberry Pi owners to shoot 1080p video at 30fps.
Is there anything you can't do with a Raspberry Pi? Well, yes actually, there are things you can't do, like shoot video and take pictures, at least not natively. That's going to change, perhaps as early as next month, though it could take longer. Regardless, the Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed a new 5MP camera add-on that will plug directly into the Raspberry Pi, which could lead to some interesting mods.
The latest version of XBMC takes the media center platform to a whole new level of awesome.
XBMC 12.0, codenamed "Frodo," is now available for public consumption, though we must warn you that nergasms are likely to occur. Just peeking at the list of new features is enough to set one off, and we fully understand why the developers confidently state this latest release will "blow you away." HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD? Check. PVR support? Check that too. Support for Raspberry Pi and Android? We need more checks.
New Pi Store serves up games and other toppings to Raspberry Pi owners.
Well here's a surprise. The Raspberry Pi Foundation, makers of the low cost Raspberry Pi Model A ($25) and Model B ($35) mini PCs, today announced the Pi Store. You'll find all kinds of different apps in the Pi Store, even games, all capable of running the credit card-sized systems that sell for peanuts. The founders say it's a great place for "total beginners" to dive in and enjoy the "Raspberry Pi experience."
Intel and ARM go head-to-head in the small-PC arena
We got a review unit of Intel's tiny Next Unit of Computing(NUC) HTPC in the office and decided to compare it to the ever popular Raspberry Pi. While the unit is significantly larger and more expensive than the popular credit-card sized computer, the Next Unit of Computing is also much more powerful. It features a 17W Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz processor on a QS77 motherboard, four USB 2.0 ports, a thunderbolt port, and a HDMI port. The device supports up to 16GB of DDR3 laptop RAM and has PCI-e slots for a wireless card and m-SATA SSD.
There's a lot you can do with the Raspberry Pi, the micro-sized PC that's about as big as a credit card. Part of the charm is that it's incredibly affordable ($25 for the Model A version and $35 for the Model B), yet that didn't stop the Raspberry Pi Foundation from upgrading the RAM on the higher-end Model B version to 512MB so that it can more comfortably be used as a general-purpose computer with multiple large applications running at the same time. We know what you're thinking -- how much does the added RAM add to the price?
Recently, researchers at the University of Southampton used 64 Raspberry Pi computers and Lego to build a dirt cheap supercomputer. They even published a step-by-step guide for making a Raspberry Pi supercomputer (PDF) for those interested in emulating their feat. But we understand that making supercomputer clusters isn’t for everyone and that most Raspberry Pi owners would probably settle for something as unexciting as tweaking the config.txt file to overclock and overvolt its 700MHz ARM chip. Now, though, such people may have to look elsewhere for their kicks, as the Raspberry Pi Foundation (hereinafter referred to as the “Foundation”) has effectively taken the fun out of overclocking the Pi by announcing an official “turbo mode” for the credit card-sized computer.
The folks responsible for Raspberry Pi have already concocted a delicious, inexpensive recipe for micro-sized computing, but the project is about to get even tastier with the introduction of one more ingredient: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Raspberry Pi's developers are working on porting ICS to its $35 device and have "been making great progress" towards that end.
On Thursday, British hacker Liam McLoughlin, more popularly known by his nom de plume Hexxeh, announced the release of a Raspberry Pi port of the open-source Chromium browser. The talented hacker, whose highly fruitful association with Chromium OS dates back to its very inception, has been busy playing around with the Raspberry Pi ever since he got hold of one back in April. This release of Chromium for Raspberry Pi Beta is a testament to all his hard work.