Find all your DIY electronics in the MakerShed. 3D Printing, Kits, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Books & more!

RPI_600

Back in the 80s my Dad had an Intel 8088 based computer that ran DOS. It featured a whopping 20mb hard drive, a four color screen, and “turbo” mode that took it to 16 MHz. Back then it cost around $3000 new and was nearly state of the art. I spent hours on it playing games like Chuck Yeager’s Advanced Flight Trainer as well as teaching myself BASIC. I think remembering that old computer is why I’m so blown away by the Raspberry Pi. A 700MHz computer with 512MB of RAM that fits in your hand and costs $35? The 80′s version of me would never believe it!

The Raspberry Pi is a multifaceted device that can use a host of skills. While this single board computer was made with education in mind, it is not what I would call “easy to use.” You’ll have to write an image to an SD card (which can sometimes be problematic) and spend some time using the command line. From programming and wiring to building your own enclosure, Raspberry Pi projects can challenge even the most savvy maker. Fortunately, with a thriving online community and books like Matt Richardson & Shawn Wallace’s Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, help isn’t hard to find.

You’ll need several peripherals to get a Pi up and running. These include a 5V-1amp power supply, Micro USB cable, and SD card with compatible Linux distribution at a minimum. If you don’t want to SSH into your Pi you can connect it to a TV or computer monitor. In this case you’ll need a video cable (HDMI or composite) and a USB keyboard & mouse. Want to play with the GPIO pins? You’ll need more stuff for that. Thankfully the Maker Shed has a Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Kit that includes just about all the stuff you’ll need to get your Pi project off the ground. The kit also includes Matt & Shawn’s book listed above, as well as the Raspberry Pi itself which can be difficult to get due to demand.

Don’t forget, as part of our New Skill in the New Year celebration, you can save 10% on this and any other kit in our Getting Started category by using the code NEWYEAR upon checkout. Don’t miss this opportunity, the sale ends at midnight PST 1/15/2013!

Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I’m a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.


Related

Comments

  1. andytanguay says:

    I am still dumbfounded as to where people are getting these Raspberry PIs. I ordered one like 8 months ago and they told me it would be another 2 to 4 months, so I cancelled it. It’s like there’s some kind of underground PI network like bootleggers during prohibition.

  2. gto says:

    I bought one off ebay on monday received it tuesday morning.

  3. …and nobody deliveres to Ethiopia – What a shame! Here we need them!!!!

  4. Steve McArthur says:

    I’m surprised people are still having to wait months to get their Raspberry Pi. I got one from a local distributor in Toronto ($43), another in Calgary ($45), one from Makershed ($40), and one from Adafruit (free with orders over $350).

    In the current state of the Raspberry Pi, I wouldn’t use it for any desktop work. It’s an excellent platform for learning programming (Adafruit’s WebIDE is awesome!), for some light web/VoIP/media/file server work, media player (not so good for media streaming from the internet), and for electronics projects where the Arduino hits processing or memory limits.

    Of the 4 Pis I have, one is a VoIP server, one is a file/media server, and one I use for hardware hacking. The 4th one is idle, still in its box, but its not going to be like that for much longer.

  5. Hansen says:

    @ andytanguay
    I bought one from Amazon. They are not hard to get.

  6. [...] there’s one new skill you should learn this year, it’s getting your Raspberry Pi up and running! From media centers [...]

  7. [...] there’s one new skill you should learn this year, it’s getting your Raspberry Pi up and running! From media centers to [...]

In the Maker Shed