2012: The Year of the Raspberry Pi

Posted by · January 4, 2013 6:00 am

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.

Beer keyboard

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+.

Lego Supercomputer

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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.