We have been lucky enough to attend numerous events here in Winnipeg, Manitoba about bringing technology into the class room and to show educators what kind of tools we are using to innovate right now. We have decided to build a simple guide for schools who want to find the resources needed to do so.
Out of nowhere we all woke up to some news from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, there was a new Raspberry Pi. This new device comes only a few months after the Model B+ and uses the exact same layout of the board. They are of course competing with some other boards like the Banana Pro and the Banana Pi M2 hardware wise.
So the Banana Pro arrived today. I have been reviewing Banana Pis left, right, and center lately. This Banana Pro is the successor to the Banana Pi, similar to the Banana Pi M2 but not quite the same because it is by the folks at Lemaker.. the other developers of the Banana Pi.
Not too long ago I reviewed the Banana Pi R1, and even before that I reviewed the Banana Pi original. These boards keep coming out and they keep getting better. The new M2 is not out yet at the time of writing this but the Banana Pi website lists it as coming soon. There are a lot of interesting new features which may make you reconsider this as opposed to another device for one of your projects.
Not too long ago the Raspberry Pi B+ was released to an unsuspecting community, now the little brother the A+ has been announced. This is a smaller and cheaper alternative to the B+ or even the original A Pi. The board is nearly identical to the B+ with the exception of a few milimeters which have been removed because of the network controller being removed, and of course the network port. The USB controller is also inside the Broadcom processor which means we have 1 USB to save on cost. The price of the unit is about $20 depending on where you live.
Kickstarter has no shortage of 3D printers, there is a new one claiming to change the world of 3D printing every other week. The iBox Nano is exceptionally interesting though. Aside from it's terrible name (I hate when people put i in front of the name) it seems to be a really interesting printer. Instead of using spools of APS or PLA plastic this printer actually uses resin. Because of this it can take up a lot less space and being built off a Raspberry Pi keeps it open and hackable.
The Raspberry Pi is such a powerful little thing. It empowers people to learn and grow and it is the projects that really make it what it is. The TiddlyBot is one of the best educational projects on Kickstarter right now. It is a small robot that can draw, follow lines, and help with learning about technology. You can check out the TiddlyBot on it's Kickstarter page.
I am a big fan of the Raspberry Pi. It has many uses and is well worth the small price tag that accompanies it. If you are learning to code or learning about hardware there are projects for you. It was not a surprise to me that the open hardware Raspberry Pi would spawn similar devices but I wasn't expecting much.