Raspberry Pi 4: The tiny computer with a huge brain
Seven years after the release of the original Raspberry Pi, the 4th edition of this smaller-than-pint-sized computer has now been released. Although tiny, its software potential promises big things.
The original point of the device was to be able to have the means to build a computer from scratch, by yourself. And, with over 25 million sales of this credit-card sized computer, it seems to have worked. In fact, Raspberry pi has become the best-selling British computer of all time.
What does Raspberry Pi 4 do that’s different from before?
Along with promising to be 40 times more powerful than the original, the 4th edition computer can play videos, power two 4K screens simultaneously, allow video and photo editing and can even perform machine learning tasks.
Having this much power in a machine gives the user the ability to create smart devices and build their own robots, according to the creators of the machine, The Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Previous versions of Pi have been so powerful, hackers have reportedly used them to steal 500GB of data from NASA.
How can a person use Pi to build their own super computer?
Although the actual hard drive costs just £34, to make it into a larger PC, users will need to purchase a ‘desktop kit’, which includes, a mouse, a case, cabling – everything but the screen.
Of course, the device is compatible with any other Raspberry Pi product. But it also has two lots of 3.0 USB ports and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
The memory storage of the computer can be purchased additionally, with a range of upgrades available, depending on what the user wants the computer for.
A piece of Pi for everyone
Because of its small and accessible size, the Pi has been known to take part in many grassroots, small-scale computer projects.
The point of Pi’s creation was to make computing available to all, with the unit being compatible with a range of developing languages, including C++, Python and Scratch.
Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi co-founder, said: “The vision behind Raspberry Pi 4 is to make a rich multimedia PC experience accessible to everyone. By offering a ‘just right’ level of performance for most users, we’ve been able to do this at roughly a tenth the cost of a traditional desktop PC.”