For years, people have said that every student deserves a computer. The only problem was price and functionality. With the new Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized personal computer, both price and functionality become non-issues.
Devised to target students, the $25 Raspberry Pi could take a significant amount of business away from popular names such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) which have had a stranglehold on the student market.
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The computer will also release a more advanced model for $35, and both models plug into a television and keyboard, and will enable the user to work on spreadsheets, word processing, computer games and even watch high-quality videos such as Blu-Ray.
Yet the main reason for its creation, according to creator Eben Upton, was to teach students programming. The ability to play games and watch videos was meant to pique interest in students so that they would be more inclined to learning to code in Python, C, BBC Basic and Perl, all of which are supported by the Raspberry.
Another area that could be impacted by Raspberry Pi’s release is the new ventures that teach online programming classes. These start-ups, such as Codeacademy and Treehouse Island Inc. can cost up to $25/month and require a legitimate computer.
However, there is still plenty of uncertainty left with Raspberry Pi. Manufacturing problems, shipping costs and marketability are just a few, but if they navigate their way across all serious obstacles the Raspberry could pose a serious competitor in both the student computer and programming markets.