Our hero Eben talking about the Raspberry Pi at the 'Educating Programmers Summit'. Here's a little breakdown of the key points he discusses:
- The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a University of Cambridge 'spin-off'.
- They were experiencing a decline in the numbers and ability of programmers entering the University.
- Computers for children market has been eaten by games consoles and family computers.
- Gone was the age of the ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, Comodor 64 and the TRS 80 and people no longer have a platform to programme on.
- There are many reasons why the UK doesn't have enough programmers; and one of the main contributors is the fact that computers are too expensive to give to children.
- $25 dollar target price, the cost of a text book, so you can give one to every kid.
- Raspberry Pi needed a modern feature set to keep the 'geeks' happy.
- Raspberry Pi uses a genuine UK designed 700Mhz ARM Broadcom chip, more graphical performance than an Xbox 1 and features full 1080p Blu-Ray quality playback.
- Equip a classroom of students for less than £500.
- Applicable for distribution in the developing world.
Its only 10 minutes long and worth a watch.