By Enrique Pavlioglou & Consuelo Azuaje
Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, credit card-sized computer that you can carry with you, plug into any existing monitor or TV and use with most standard mice and keyboards. But, don’t let the size of this device fool you. This zippy piece of next-gen tech possesses all of the capabilities of a low-end desktop computer. A Raspberry Pi can be used for creating spreadsheets or text documents, web-browsing, playing high-def videos and games, and for fulfilling many other day-to-day computer-needs. It can even be used to learn programming languages, such as Scratch and Python. With its newest installment, Raspberry Pi 3, Raspberry Pi has positioned itself to become a fixture in the world of IoT systems.
What about connectivity issues?
After some major, tech haul, Raspberry Pi has finally gotten rid of the pesky, third-party connectivity antennas that Raspberries Pi 1 and 2 use. Because, why build a computer—of any size—without built-in wireless connectivity? Sure, Joe or Jill Consumer could always attach a wireless card or Bluetooth chip, but why should they pay the extra price? IoT is supposed to be cost effective and will one day need to be cheap enough for J. Consumer to install them everywhere and on everything. To achieve this, Raspberry Pi 3 has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity built into its minute body, and rings up at the affordable price of 35 dollars.
Another plus: Windows 10 IoT Core was added to Raspberry Pi 3—boosting its ability to integrate with other Windows devices.Users will enjoy enterprise security, service, automatic updates, and a rich Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Enabling Windows adds value and opens many doors for retailers and programmers, alike.
What more can I expect when I open the box?
A number of other interesting specs: Raspberry Pi 3 features a friction-fit micro SD slot, instead of push-and-pray one. Although it has 1 GB ram like the Raspberry Pi 2, it leaves Raspberry Pi 2's 450 MHz in the dust, clocking in at 900 MHz. (Save your prayers for the competition!)
The makers of Raspberry Pi 3, retained a few worthy features from the previous-gen: 4 USB 2.0 ports and a full-size HDMI port, Display Serial Interface (DSI), and a 3.5 mm A/V jack, to name a few. They made improvements where it counted by upgrading the Raspberry Pi 3 with a 64-bit processor and newer architecture, the ARM Cortex A53. Summing it all up, its 50 percent faster than its predecessor and more connected, all while sticking to the same price
With all of the new upgrades, Raspberry Pi 3 is making serious waves, and companies and makers alike should take steps to include Raspberry Pi 3s in their development kits. Particularly, large connected devices, such as vending machines and trucks, which could justify using such a device to improve business models with innovative and cost-effective hardware.