The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been driving the revolution in the field of micro-controllers and robotics through its variety of gadgets and kits. The company has finally crossed the 10 Million sales milestone and has come out with a brand new starter kit. The unashamedly premium kit comes with almost everything you may need to get up and running with programming your way to the future.
Raspberry Pi — in case, somehow, you are unaware of it — is a UK based charity that seeks to promote the study of computer based devices through the process of implementation and experimentation. As they themselves like to put it,
The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world, able to solve the problems that matter to them, and equipped for the jobs of the future.
The company provides users with low-cost and high-performance computers that can let them learn programming by the process of experimentation and develop all kinds of fantastic — and sometimes outlandish — device at home. The PCs created by the company — such as the Raspberry Pi board — have been credited with revolutionizing computer science education in the world and it’s computers have become the most popular and the highest selling PCs in UK.
Coming back to the recent launch, the official premium starter kit is meant to let you hit the ground running in the field of robotics, programming and computer sciences. Here is a list of the stuff included in the kit:
- A Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
- An 8GB NOOBS SD card
- An official case
- An official 2.5A multi-region power supply
- An official 1m HDMI cable
- An optical mouse and a keyboard with high-quality scissor-switch action
- A copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi Foundation Edition
A mouse and a keyboard? So basically, the only thing keeping you from having almost a full-fledged PC is a monitor. The foundation probably decided to refrain from including it in the package as it would have driven the prices up. And you can always plug the system into any display of your choice.
As things stand now, you can get all of the above by ordering online in the U.K. from the Raspberry Foundation’s distributors element14 and RS Components, where they have been priced at £99 (+VAT). Not bad when you consider everything that you are getting included in the package.
This is not the first time that a complete starter kit has come out in the open, however it is the first time that something of the sort put together by the foundation itself, has made an appearance. The bundle is likely to expand to the rest of the world as well. The appeal for the product is certainly everywhere, weather it is in the western world, where it will help drive innovation, or developing countries, where it has the potential to lead to the development of innovative solutions for all sorts of problems.