A slice of Pi


Technology plays a crucial role in modern life. However, for many, obtaining access to cutting-edge devices in order to develop skills and knowledge is no easy task.

That may be about to change. The Raspberry Pi Foundation, a U.K. charity, is looking to broaden access to computers and, in doing so, enlarge the programing know-how of those using them, reports CNBC.

"The original mission of Raspberry Pi was to create a device that would help young people learn how to program," said Philip Colligan, the foundation's CEO. "But what we've actually done is created a computer that is used in industry, it's used by hobbyists and grown-ups, but it's also used all over the world in education."

A credit card-sized computer, the Raspberry Pi runs the free operating system Linux from an SD card and is powered by a USB phone charger. The device comes in different models and needs to be plugged into a mouse, keyboard and monitor before it can be used. The applications of the Raspberry Pi do not differ from a larger device.

"You can do anything with it that you can do with any other computer," Colligan said. “But you can also create, make things. You can learn how to program, you can build robots, make weather stations — the opportunities are limitless." (Source: CNBC)

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