A computer, a media center and much more.

Today we are going to talk about the Raspberry Pi 2 and what this little device is all about.  For those that are new to the world of computers and robotics you probably have not heard of the Raspberry Pi. The first generation model of Raspberry Pi was first released in 2012 and became an instant success for the following reasons: First, it’s pretty much a full-on computer on a little board; Second, it has a bunch of General Propose Input Output (GPIO) pins which allow you to make some crazy projects; Lastly, it costs under $50! Now three years later, they have released a new revision called Raspberry Pi 2. It is basically a new and improved version of the previous generation, making it even more awesome!

For those who care, here are the specs for Raspberry Pi 2:

CPU 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU from Broadcom
GPU Videocore IV
Memory 1GB
Storage SD card slot
Connectivity 4 x USB, HDMI, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio jack
OS Linux, Windows 10
Connectors Camera interface (CSI), GPIO, SPI, I2C, JTAG

Ok, let’s talk about why this is a computer. The Raspberry Pi 2 has 4 USB ports for you to plug in your USB mouse, USB keyboard, USB Wifi adapter, etc. It uses a SD card to act as the storage (instead of a hard drive). Lastly, a HDMI port to display your awesome mini-computer onto your HDTV. The board is capable of outputting HD quality video with its video processor which makes it quite ideal for a home media center. For power, the little board requires a standard 5V mini-USB charger which is similar to your common android phone charger.

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A raspberry Pi 2 connected to a TV running the Raspbian operating system that comes with NOOBs. Look at the size of that thing, nice and small, perfect for turning a kitchen TV into a recipe book.

So, what can you use this little board for? Well for starter it can turn any kitchen TV into a web browsing computer, perfect for looking up your favorite recipe. If cooking is not really your thing, then maybe install KODI and turn it into a media box for your TV: a smart TV.

This article here shows you all the tricks you need to make your own media box with a Raspberry Pi 2. With an off-the-shelf media box currently pricing at around $100, this can definitely save you a few bucks and also make you look like a genius hacker in front of your friends. When you are done watching those movies, you can unleash your inner nerd and start making some household projects like these ones from the Microsoft sites.

Here is another article that talks about how awesome the Raspberry Pi 2 is: http://www.androidauthority.com/raspberry-pi-2-review-588122/ 

Get a bare Raspberry Pi 2 today or get it with a 16GB Starter Bundle.

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