In 2012 we saw so many stories about quirky things that professional to amateur engineers were creating with the Raspberry Pi. With an idea that started as a programming tool for kids, uses range from playful, to solution-oriented, and rather adult. These four rather unusual developments caught our eye in 2012:
Turned in to a speaker receiver
Engineering student Jordan Burgess took the Raspberry Pi and used it to transmit streaming music to a regular old (non-wireless) stereo system. You could achieve this with AirPlay speakers for hundreds of dollars, or with the Raspberry Pi for $35.
Booze and electronics sounds like a recipe for disaster. But a brewery from Prague sponsored this project for their brand presence at Webstock 2012.
Using Raspberry Pi to make beets make beats
Scott Garner, a student at NYU, created BeetBox, “A simple instrument that allows users to play drum beats by touching actual beets.” His creation served as a project for two different classes. way to go, Scott. A+.
Engineers at University of Southampton built the supercomputer to spread awareness- to younger kids on to computing and to show hobbyists that supercomputing doesn’t have to cost millions of dollars- maybe only thousands. One of the engineers, Simon Cox, recruited his 6 year old son to use Legos to build racks and cases.