In This Chapter
Getting familiar with the Raspberry Pi
Figuring out what you can do with a Raspberry Pi
Determining its limitations
Getting your hands on a Raspberry Pi
Deciding what else you need
The Raspberry Pi is perhaps the most inspiring computer available today. Although most of the computing devices we use (including phones, tablets, and games consoles) are designed to stop us from tinkering with them, the Raspberry Pi is exactly the opposite. From the moment you see its shiny green circuit board, it invites you to prod it, play with it, and create with it. It comes with the tools you need to start making your own software (or programming), and you can connect your own electronic inventions to it. It’s cheap enough that if you break it, it’s not going to break the bank, so you can experiment with confidence.
Lots of people are fired up about its potential, and they’re discovering exciting new ways to use it together. Dave Akerman (