This series of article is for the software engineers who are also interested in electronics/robotics.
Raspberry Pi is the credit card size computer. We may compare it with P3 , 512 MB desktop PC system box. Few people use it as a stand alone server or computer. You may find some of the uses in the following link. I connected my external hard disk to it and I’m using it as a file server for my laptop and other PCs.
As a software engineer, my plan is to use Raspberry Pi to code high level language to learn, create and control the basic electronic/digital/robotic circuits via GPIO interface in shortest period of time.
In order to get started with the Raspberry Pi, please purchase Raspberry Pi Model B. People from Tamilnadu, India can order from Simple Labs (and for me they delivered with in 24 hours even to the remote location in Tamilnadu).
Price of Raspberry Pi in India as of 19th September 2013 is,
RASPBERRY PI – MODEL B – 512MB – Rs.3,465.00 (with free GPIO cable)
Low Cost Case for Raspberry Pi – Rs.262.50
Updated: 2014-Mar-22: Raspberry PI is now available @ Rs.2900/- from Farnell
As I have a laptop, I planned to use it as headless device (means using it with remote desktop, without separate monitor, keyboard, mouse). Even for that you may need to purchase additional components, wires and connectors.
5 V 2 Amp DC adapter (1 Amp is also OK)
Connecting the wires/components is straight forward process. If you need detailed description please check the following references
Assembling the case
Raspberry Pi ports
Assembled Raspberry Pi
The next part in this series will be installing the OS. Meanwhile please check the video of Hello World output from Raspberry Pi GPIO using C Language
References and links