Feature: Convergence In Entertainment

Raspberry Pi Satisfies the Market's Sweet Tooth

Author: Jerry Flattum
Published: March 06, 2012 at 5:58 pm
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Selling at 700 per second, clearly the credit-size Raspberry Pi is satisfying the market's sweet tooth for the latest and hottest in the Digital Age. The raspberrypi.org site features an immediate post on the homepage: There are so many visitors their servers crashed. That's not failure...that's success. While the organization migrates to Mythic-Beasts, it's trying to figure out how to handle back orders.

And what is the Raspberry Pi, some of you may so humbly ask? It's a computer that fits in your pocket, or wallet, or purse, or up your sleeve...as the case may be. You can plug it into your TV--just add keyboard and mouse. It does all kinds of things you're monstrous desktop and not-so-monstrous laptop does like word process, games, spreadsheets, etc., and it plays HD video. Just wait till this thing plugs into your smartphone. With an Ethernet connection to plug into, you're ready to go online. Hmmm...no monitor (use your TV) keyboard or mouse. And...it's kinda slow. Oh please, who cares, right? Five years from now? I'm sorry, 6 months?

Wait, I'm confused. My column is about convergence. So, is the smartphone becoming the Raspberry Pi, or the other way around, or will the two morph into something altogether different? I bet the answer is yes to all three, with a slew of products hitting the market in a way that makes the Apple wave look like a quiet day at the beach compared to the tsunami that's about to hit the tech shores.

Wait a minute...something is radically wrong here, I mean, forget Apple or Microsoft. Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity. You can't buy into the company. What's going to happen to all the millionaires? Well, they're just going to have to do the convergence thing and come up with their own device...in other words, steal the idea. The Raspberry is initially only available through Premier Farnell/Element 14 and RS Components. They made it for kids, but then, aren't we all kids at heart?

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