The Rasbperry Pi is a fully functional cleverly designed microcomputer that you can buy for only $35 (a more stripped-down version will soon be available for $25). The developer’s intent was to design an inexpensive computer to be used by kids in developing countries to learn programming. There has been a great demand by hobbyists, however, who have used it in a variety of projects. I won’t list them all here, but I recommend Googling “Raspberry Pi project ideas” for inspiration. There is a large online community devoted to all things Raspberry Pi related.
As soon as we heard about the Raspberry Pi, my middle son and I were excited to check it out, so we went online and ordered two of them. There are only two online retailers who sell the Raspberry Pi for $35 in the U.S. – Allied Electronics and Element14. If you purchase anywhere else, including Amazon, you’re probably paying a marked-up price from a reseller.
While waiting for our Pis to arrive, I downloaded the Raspberry Pi User Guide from the Amazon Kindle Store (it is also available in paperback) to read up on it. I highly recommend this guide as it gives detailed instructions on setting up your Pi for initial use, and provides links to many online resources.