Raspberry Pi Group Rolls Out Its First Starter Kit
The new offering comes in celebration of the Raspberry Pi Foundation passing the mark of 10 million devices shipped around the world.When Eben Upton and his colleagues introduced the first Raspberry Pi more than four years ago, they hoped the small, basic and cheap computer would convince more people to get into computer science and that maybe they would sell about 10,000 units. Now the Raspberry Pi Foundation is manufacturing multiples of that every day and recently passed the 10 million mark. To mark the occasion, Upton and other foundation members decided to roll out an offering that may encourage even more people to start programming. The group on Sept. 8 released the official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit, which comes with everything from the latest version of the Raspberry Pi computer card to an optical mouse to the foundation's official "Adventures in Raspberry Pi" book, all delivered in an official case. Not bad for a group whose primary hope was to jump-start an interest in technology in younger people and grow the number of those applying to study computer science at the University of Cambridge in England. The money from every Raspberry Pi board sold goes to fund the foundation's ongoing engineering work and such educational outreach programs as Code Club and Picademy.
"By putting cheap, programmable computers in the hands of the right young people, we hoped that we might revive some of the sense of excitement about computing that we had back in the 1980s with our Sinclair Spectrums, BBC Micros and Commodore 64s," Upton wrote in a post on the foundation blog. "At the time, we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units—if we were lucky. There was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the UK, and exporting Raspberry Pi all over the world."