Ever wanted to make your own custom set-top box? What about building your own robot? If those kinds of projects interest you, the best place to start is the Raspberry Pi. This tiny computer is widely supported, extremely flexible, and you can now find it on Amazon with free two-day shipping for Prime members.
Specs-wise, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B features a quad-core 1.2GHz ARMv8 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a VideoCore IV 3D graphics core, 4 USB ports, an HDMI port, an ethernet port, a 3.5mm audio jack/composite video combo, a micro SD card slot, 802.11b/g/n WiFi support, Bluetooth 4.1 support, 40 GPIO pins, a camera interface, and a display interface. With some time and effort on your part, this tiny computer has the capability of handling almost anything you throw at it.
Over at our sister site PCMag, Matthew Murray reviewed this iteration of the Raspberry Pi, and gave it a favorable rating of 4/5. He warns that you’ll need to invest in more hardware to get things up and running, but the reasonably powerful components and the low barrier to entry make this computer very appealing for tinkerers of all types.
Looking for something new and exciting to do with your Raspberry Pi? Check out this DIY round-up we posted earlier this year that highlights a few outstanding projects. You can learn to build your own tablet and make your own handheld arcade machine, so it’s definitely worth looking at if you need a little inspiration.
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