The life of Pi - clever ideas with a tiny computer. 21 March 2013Last updated at 10:05 ET While the Chancellor was delivering his budget yesterday, I was in a room near Cambridge full of young people who may be part of the answer to Britain's economic future.
They had all come up with clever ideas to use the Raspberry Pi, the ultra-cheap computer developed in Cambridge, and they were the finalists in a competition held by the technology advisors PA Consulting. I was one of the judges deciding who should win - and it was a tricky task. Raspberry Pi launches its very own app store. Learn to build a Raspberry Pi operating system, courtesy of Cambridge University. Android 4.0 ported to Raspberry Pi, supports HD video but not audio. A working version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been ported to the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer, allowing the $25 device to perform many of the functions of a modern smartphone or tablet, albeit at a somewhat slower pace.
According to a post on the project's official blog, the build supports hardware-accelerated video and graphics, but is not yet able to play sound due to problems with porting Android's AudioFlinger system. As Eurogamer points out, it's not the first attempt to get Android up and running on the device — the Raspberry Pi community has been working on ports of CyanogenMod 7.2 (based on Android 2.3) and CyanogenMod 9 (based on Android 4.0) for some time.
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Quick start guide. What you will need Required SD CardWe recommend an 8GB class 4 SD card – ideally preinstalled with NOOBS.
You can buy a card with NOOBS pre-installed, or you can download it for free from our downloads page.Display and connectivity cablesAny HDMI/DVI monitor or TV should work as a display for the Pi . For best results, use one with HDMI input, but other connections are available for older devices. Use a standard Ethernet cable for internet access.Keyboard and mouseAny standard USB keyboard and mouse will work with your Raspberry Pi.Power supplyUse a 5V micro USB power supply to power your Raspberry Pi. RPi Easy SD Card Setup. Back to the Hub Getting Started: Buying Guide - for advice on buying the Raspberry Pi.
SD Card Setup - for information on how to prepare the SD Card used to boot your Raspberry Pi. Basic Setup - for help with buying / selecting other hardware and setting it up. Beginners Guide - you are up and running, now what can you do? Advanced Setup - for more extensive information on setting up. Trouble Shooting - some things to check if things don't work as expected. R-Pi Hub. Blog - FrostSoftware. Blog - FrostSoftware. Community Forum. Google to provide Raspberry Pis and Arduinos, train teachers for UK schools. FishPi is a tiny, Raspberry Pi-enabled ship that aims to cross the Atlantic. Now that Raspberry Pi's are getting into the hands of folks around the world, we're starting to see all kinds of interesting projects.
And in the case of Greg Holloway, his goal is a little more ambitious than most — to use a Raspberry Pi to create an autonomous vehicle that will cross the Atlantic Ocean. The aptly named FishPi project is currently in the proof of concept phase, but the final version will be powered by a 130 watt solar panel and includes features like a GPS, servo controller board for driving the rudder and motor, a compass, and a camera. An autonomos drop in the Ocean. SNES and BBC Micro revived by Raspberry Pi modders. While the fact that the Raspberry Pi ships without a case might be off-putting to some, it's a clear boon to those with the ability to make the most out of the tiny Linux machine.
It's not a surprise, then, that we're starting to see some innovative ways to leverage the hardware, starting with this Super Nintendo mod from Florian of petRockBlog . The mod involves a PCB that acts as a hardware interface for a SNES emulator, so you can play Super Mario Kart with the same controller you practiced your time trials on back in 1992. Meanwhile, modder Ben Heck has been working on something from even further back — a full-on wooden BBC Micro-style case for the Raspberry Pi that gives the computer a keyboard, power switch, I/O ports and even expandability through a cartridge slot.
The mod is yet to be fully revealed, but it'll be featured in the next episode of the Ben Heck Show. Until then, you'll have to make do with the trailer below. RPi Beginners. R-Pi Troubleshooting. Back to the Hub.
This page lists the most common problems and suggests some solutions. See RPi_Bugs for problems that are bugs. Power / Start-up Note: if you have any kind of booting problems, start off by reading the "Is your Pi not booting? (The Boot Problems Sticky)" in the troubleshooting section of the Official Raspberry PI forum . A good power supply that will supply 5 volts and at least 1 amp (5V 1A) is vital.