Entries with tag raspberry pi.

DIY Device Celebrates Game Boy’s Silver Anniversary

Nintendo’s Game Boy turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, do-it-yourselfers can make their own version of the iconic gaming device using 3D printers and electronics. Electronics vendor Adafruit is selling the DIY Game Girl, also known as the PiGRRL, which works via a Raspberry Pi computer and a thin-film transistor touch screen. Utilizing designs provided by Adafruit, users print out the housing for the components, many of which come from Super Nintendo Entertainment Systems. The files that run on the device are available via Thingiverse, a website on which participants can discover, make, and share 3D printable items. (SlashDot)(Adafruit)

Company Creates Open Source Kit for Video Glasses

Adafruit Industries has created a do-it-yourself kit for building open source video glasses based on the Raspberry Pi computing platform. Customers can use the  kit’s components, which include NTSC/PAL video glasses from which parts are harvested, the Pi unit, and a small wireless keyboard plus an enclosure for the components—created via 3D printing—to convert a regular pair of prescription glasses into a device similar to Google Glass for about $225. The Raspberry Pi unit powers the system and is connected to the display glasses with a composite video cable. The project is open source, which allows anyone to freely make their own pair of glasses or improve upon the original design.(SlashDot)(Hot Hardware)(Adafruit)

Computer Tinkerers Use Raspberry Pi to Resurrect Commodore 64

A group of Commodore computing enthusiasts are developing an emulator able to convert a Raspberry Pi system into a fully functioning Commodore 64. The goal is to create a native Commodore 64 operating system that can run on Raspberry Pi, complete with the ability to connect a joystick. Eventually, the developers want to add new features, including changing the emulation speed and new, modern graphics modes, to the system. The computer competed in the nascent personal computing market of the 1980s with the Apple II and was widely adopted based on its affordability. The project development is being carried out via GitHub. (SlashDot)(International Business Times)(Commodore Pi @ GitHub)

Low-Cost Raspberry Pi Computers Available in US, Asia

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has now made its $25 Model A Raspberry Pi microcomputer available to US residents through reseller Allied Electronics. This occurred a week after the device went on sale in Asia. The inexpensive computer was designed to encourage children to explore computer programming. The Model A has a USB port and 256 megabytes of RAM. It also uses less power than the Model B, which makes the Model A most useful for battery- or solar-powered applications. The foundation expects users to integrate the Model A into projects such as robotics, industrial controls, and media centers. (TechCrunch)(Tom’s Hardware)

Raspberry Pi Launches Application Store

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the opening of the Pi Store, which features a wide range of free resources – including games – for its users. The “one-stop shop” will feature software as well as tools and tutorials for the computer. This includes a full complement of free information for the totally new Raspberry Pi user. The first tutorial is a series of 17 lessons that teaches novices how to create a Space Invaders-style game. “We hope that the Pi Store will provide young people with a way to share their creations with a wider audience, and maybe to make a little pocket money along the way; as well as offering commercial developers an easy way to get their software seen by the Raspberry Pi community,” stated the foundation. The site does offer paid content; however, there is a “tip jar” where even those developers offering free content can be compensated for their work. The low-cost PC was developed by The Raspberry Pi Foundation with the goal of interesting more children worldwide in computer programming by providing them with an affordable PC. (Ars Technica)(The Raspberry Pi Foundation)

UK Researchers Build Supercomputer from Raspberry Pi Units, Lego

It might seem like child’s play, but University of Southampton computer scientists have built a supercomputer from 64 Raspberry Pi computers and Lego. The team, led by Professor Simon Cox, was assisted by James Cox, Professor Cox’s 6-year-old son,  who lent his expertise on Lego and also conducted system testing. The Iridis-Pi consists of a racking system built with Lego and has 64 processors and 1TB of memory. Professor Cox is using Python Tools for Visual Studio to develop code for the system, which will cost less than £2,500, excluding switches, to construct. The system successfully passed its first test: calculating Pi. The team is providing information about their project so others can construct their own supercomputers. (PhysOrg) (University of Southampton – press release)(University of Southampton)(The Raspberry Pi Foundation)

Low-Cost Raspberry Pi Computers Now Available in Bulk

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced plans to loosen restrictions on sales of its inexpensive computers and make them available in large quantities. The $35 credit-card-sized Linux machines proved very popular when first released in February. In addition Raspberry Pi experienced problems obtaining components, so it limited sales to one per customer. With the component problems resolved, the foundation is now letting schools and businesses buy its system in quantity. The computers, designed for use with a TV as a display and a keyboard for input, have 256 Mbytes of RAM and a 700-MHz ARM chip that runs the Fedora, Debian, or ArchLinux versions of Linux. Raspberry Pi began its project to interest more children worldwide in computer programming by providing them with an affordable PC. Its machine teaches users the Python programming language. (Ars Technica)(ComputingNow NewsFeed – 18 April 2012)(Raspberry Pi Foundation)

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