The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized
single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting
the teaching of basic computer science in schools.
I currently own four Raspberry Pis, which are employed as follows:
- Music player. I use an Android app on my phone to choose some music from our fileserver - the sound is played out from the sound output of the Pi into the Aux input of the kitchen stereo. The Pi has a Edimax USB wireless dongle. Thanks to Stephen Phillips for sharing instructions on how to do this.
- MUD server. One Raspberry Pi runs the Alternate Universe MUD (a game, written in Java) on Oracle's Java 8 JDK.
- Experimental. This Pi wears a Pibow case and sits on my desk. It has, at various times, been a steady-hands game, served images from a webcam pointed out my window, served HTML5 to my Kindle Touch, involved with speech recognition, and now has an external temperature sensor hooked up to it.
- Spare. Ok, I haven't decided what to do with the fourth Pi yet.. It will probably become an XBMC media player for the lounge, once we have a TV with enough inputs.