Raspberry Pi unboxing (gallery)

Raspberry Pi unboxing (gallery)

Summary: A close-up look at one of the most anticipated computers of 2012, the $40 Raspberry Pi.

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  • The device is powered via micro USB. The shipping notes recommend using a good quality power supply capable of providing at least 700mA at 5V. The Pi shouldn’t be powered by plugging it into another computer or USB hub, according to the documentation.

  • The board’s general purpose input/output pins, which can be used to connect additional circuitry to Pi and expand its capabilities.

    The pins allow expansion boards to be added that work with motors, sensors and other peripherals - allowing the Pi to be used for a wide range of tasks, for instance controlling robots.

  • The 4GB SD card holding the image of the Debian Squeeze OS that runs on the board shipped to TechRepublic. The device has been tested with SD cards up to 32GB in size, and should work with most makes and models. A list of compatible cards is available on the Raspberry Pi wiki.

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  • Easily big enough to fit in a pocket???

    n/t
    kfan
  • Wow, does it play PONG!

    What's the point? I could see buying this for fun hobby time and or a specific computing use, but really?
    Jesster
  • Your imagination is the only limit.

    It has more computing power than the Apollo 11 rocket and that made it to the moon and back. So what couldn't you do with it? Your imagination is the only limit.
    BarneyTomB
  • Use your imagination.

    I have 2 PCs. One, a dual core Atom ION mini-ITX & supposedly low power consuming, runs 24/7 managing my torrents and skype. The other, a quad core phenom, high power consumer , I use only when I have some heavy processing to do.

    Just imaging how much I could save in my power bill if this Pi computer can run on only 6 watts of power. ( It supposedly requires 1.2 amps at 5 V to accommodate for spikes in power requirement). Attaching a 32 gb SD card running some version of mini Linux would serve my purpose extremely well. I would reduce my consumption from say around 120 / 130 watts down to under 10 watts. I would be saving close to 90 kwh per month. At current energy rates it would be paid for within say 3 - 4 months. I just wish they would ship it India.
    pmshah@...