It was the little computer that could, and now it has proven just how capable it really is. The Raspberry Pi has now sold a whopping 10 million credit card-sized computers since it was first debuted in 2012, and to celebrate this momentous achievement, the company has released its “own idea of what the perfect bundle would look like, creating the official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.”
Tech enthusiasts and minimalists will be able to purchase the little white box that contains a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, an 8GB NOOBS SD card, an official 2.5A multi-region power supply, an official 1m HDMI cable, an optical mouse and a keyboard with high-quality scissor-switch action, a copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi Foundation Edition, and an official case. While the kit is currently available online exclusively in the U.K. from Raspberry Pi partners element14 and RS Components, the rest of the world will be privy to this anniversary product in the next few weeks.
“When we started Raspberry Pi, we had a simple goal: to increase the number of people applying to study Computer Science at Cambridge,” Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi’s founder wrote in a blog post. “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.”
And while Upton’s initial goal was only to ship perhaps ten thousand units of the mini computer, it’s safe to say that the Raspberry Pi has far exceeded his expectations. “Thanks to you, we’ve beaten our wildest dreams by three orders of magnitude, and we’re only just getting started,” Upton continued. “Every time you buy a Raspberry Pi, you help fund both our ongoing engineering work, and our educational outreach programs, including Code Club and Picademy.”
So keep buying those Pi’s, friends. After all, there’s no limit to what you can do with a little computer and a little imagination.
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