Raspberry Pi Foundation Launch Tiny Cheap Computer Aimed At Getting Children Programming | Technology | Sky News

A mini computer that aims to get a new generation of children programming and writing software has been launched in the UK – with initial interest crashing the manufacturer’s website.

Called the Raspberry Pi and costing just £22, the machine has been created by a research team of volunteers in the UK.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK charity that claims it wants to encourage school children to learn programming skills and write software.

Sir Clive Sinclair‘s ZX Spectrum, the Commodore 64 and the BBC Micro machines made computing accessible to children in the 80s and sparked a wave of young bedroom software developers.

The Raspberry team have said the aim was to make “a BBC Micro for the 21st century”.

Sold without a keyboard or mouse and uncased, the motherboard is the size of a credit card, with developers saying the final package will be the size of a pack of playing cards.

“It has been six years in the making; the number of things that had to go right for this to happen is enormous. I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

via Raspberry Pi Foundation Launch Tiny Cheap Computer Aimed At Getting Children Programming | Technology | Sky News.

Strange Random Computer Quote:

Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy. – Joseph Campbell

 

 

 

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