2012: The Year of the Raspberry Pi

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

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.

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