Use in education

As of January 2012, enquiries about the board in the United Kingdom have been received from schools in both the state and private sectors, with around five times as much interest from the latter. It is hoped that businesses will sponsor purchases for less advantaged schools.The CEO of Premier Farnell said that the government of a country in the Middle East has expressed interest in providing a board to every schoolgirl, in order to enhance her employment prospects.

In 2014, the Raspberry Pi Foundation hired a number of its community members including ex-teachers and software developers to launch a set of free learning resources for its website. The resources are freely licensed under Creative Commons, and contributions and collaborations are encouraged on social coding platform GitHub.

The Foundation also started a teacher training course called Picademy with the aim of helping teachers prepare for teaching the new computing curriculum using the Raspberry Pi in the classroom. The continued professional development course is provided free for teachers and is run by the Foundation’s education team.

In January 2017, a free MOOC course launched on Kadene in collaboration with University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia on the Internet of Things using Raspberry Pi Online Rpi Course. There are also good online resources for Raspberry Pi on sparkfun site as well as the Raspberry Pi Organization community.

The educational DIY computer kits made by London-based computing company Kano are powered by the Raspberry Pi. One of the goals of the company was to make the Raspberry Pi more accessible to the broader public.

With the proliferation of the Internet of Things(IoT), Pimoroni, located in Sheffield, UK, has developed project kits focused on IoT applications utilizing the Raspberry Pi Zero W. The kits are targeting beginner to mid-level developers in educational or hobbyist settings.

 Use in home automation

There are a number of developers and applications that are leveraging the Raspberry Pi for home automation. These programmers are making an effort to modify the Raspberry Pi into a cost-affordable solution in energy monitoring and power consumption. Because of the relatively low cost of the Raspberry Pi, this has become a popular and economical solution to the more expensive commercial alternatives.

 Use in industrial automation

In June 2014, TECHBASE, Polish industrial automation manufacturer designed the world’s first industrial computer based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, called ModBerry. The device has numerous interfaces, most notably RS-485/232 serial ports, digital and analog inputs/outputs, CAN and economical 1-Wire buses, all of which are widely used in the automation industry. The design allows the use of the Compute Module in harsh industrial environments, leading to the conclusion that the Raspberry Pi is no longer limited to home and science projects, but can be widely used as an Industrial IoT solution and achieve goals of Industry 4.0.

 Use in commercial products

OTTO is a digital camera created by Next Thing Co. It incorporates a Raspberry Pi Compute Module. It was successfully crowd-funded in a May 2014 Kickstarter campaign.Slice is a digital media player which also uses a Compute Module as its heart. It was crowd-funded in an August 2014 Kickstarter campaign. The software running on Slice is based on Kodi.

These were some of the uses of Raspberry Pi. Rpi finds use in a number of fields and can rightly be called as a flexible system on chip. Stay connected to learn more about the uses of Raspberry Pi and keep exploring.


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