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Raspberry Pi

Anyone buying a Raspberry Pi here in Canada? Basically, in a nutshell, its an entire computer on a credit-card sized printed circuit board, with 1080p HDMI output, a Broadcom SoC, 256mb RAM, and usually would run Linux off of a SD card. It has tons of GPIO pins, so you can do lots of nifty data acquisition or control projects with it. Costs about $40 or so.

Or am I the only RFD'er geeky enough to think about this? :lol:
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Mark77 wrote:
Mar 1st, 2012 5:17 am
Anyone buying a Raspberry Pi here in Canada? Basically, in a nutshell, its an entire computer on a credit-card sized printed circuit board, with 1080p HDMI output, a Broadcom SoC, 256mb RAM, and usually would run Linux off of a SD card. It has tons of GPIO pins, so you can do lots of nifty data acquisition or control projects with it. Costs about $40 or so.

Or am I the only RFD'er geeky enough to think about this? :lol:

I've already ordered a couple. I work with professors at a certain college that experiment with them.
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Mark77 wrote:
Mar 1st, 2012 5:17 am
Anyone buying a Raspberry Pi here in Canada? Basically, in a nutshell, its an entire computer on a credit-card sized printed circuit board, with 1080p HDMI output, a Broadcom SoC, 256mb RAM, and usually would run Linux off of a SD card. It has tons of GPIO pins, so you can do lots of nifty data acquisition or control projects with it. Costs about $40 or so.

Or am I the only RFD'er geeky enough to think about this? :lol:

Is there already a developer forum out there for this? Another thread opened up and there are hundreds of perusers. :)

Keep us abreast of the pi's developments.
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Mark77 wrote:
Mar 1st, 2012 5:17 am
Anyone buying a Raspberry Pi here in Canada? Basically, in a nutshell, its an entire computer on a credit-card sized printed circuit board, with 1080p HDMI output, a Broadcom SoC, 256mb RAM, and usually would run Linux off of a SD card. It has tons of GPIO pins, so you can do lots of nifty data acquisition or control projects with it. Costs about $40 or so.

Or am I the only RFD'er geeky enough to think about this? :lol:

I, like probably the majority of the RFD users, see that it is a nice $40 XBMC media player :)

Geeker RFD members would've gone for an arduino :)

Nerdier RFD members woud've already been dabbling with Freescale, PIC or Atmel MCUs.

Geniuses would've already implemented something amazing with FPGAs :)
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Where will they be available in Canada? I can only find them in the UK.

Very interesting project!
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There's a couple perhaps three different XBMC builds going on atm for the Rasberry Pi
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=113824 with slightly different thoughts... one an appliance like device, the other a full blown linux computer with XBMC installed... There is more than one version with a net connection and without. You could really stuff this inside a TV, which makes me think that perhaps industry is getting a free ride here.

Slash has a bit more info and a video http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/12/0 ... lashdot%29
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Mar 1st, 2012 9:04 am
I've already ordered a couple. I work with professors at a certain college that experiment with them.

Did I see you at the launch last week? I popped down from the TEL lab for 15 min.
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I'll wait on this until Canadians can get around the absurd customs and shipping costs associated. As a raw board, and in the interests of R&D Canadians should have the rights to import this duty and tax free. Valued at $30.. in your hands the cost approaches the WDTV live device, currently clearing for $99 just about everywhere.

No question XBMC on a cheap board is attractive... but less so as the price breaks a hundred dollars.
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ah802 wrote:
Mar 3rd, 2012 12:07 pm
I'll wait on this until Canadians can get around the absurd customs and shipping costs associated. As a raw board, and in the interests of R&D Canadians should have the rights to import this duty and tax free. Valued at $30.. in your hands the cost approaches the WDTV live device, currently clearing for $99 just about everywhere.

No question XBMC on a cheap board is attractive... but less so as the price breaks a hundred dollars.

for most people, this is a cool concept and they buy it for that, not so much the cost. cost always rises when an early adopter
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Mar 3rd, 2012 1:27 pm
for most people, this is a cool concept and they buy it for that, not so much the cost. cost always rises when an early adopter
I'll save the cool.. to well heeled sunglasses. I'm trying to sniff out a Canadian source... consider some of the development is on home turf, you would think a distributor would make some offerings...
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Mark77 wrote:
Mar 1st, 2012 5:17 am
Anyone buying a Raspberry Pi here in Canada? Basically, in a nutshell, its an entire computer on a credit-card sized printed circuit board, with 1080p HDMI output, a Broadcom SoC, 256mb RAM, and usually would run Linux off of a SD card. It has tons of GPIO pins, so you can do lots of nifty data acquisition or control projects with it. Costs about $40 or so.

Or am I the only RFD'er geeky enough to think about this? :lol:

I would love to review it for my site. I didn't get around to asking for a review sample though.
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Wonder how long before people will make custom cases for this (or, maybe already done). Case will probably cost more than the unit :)
How long will it run on AA batteries???

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