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Raspberry Pi advice please!

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Whereisegg Sun 02-Nov-14 14:43:01

Want to get one for dss12, any advice?

He likes gaming and films, but I'm pretty clueless tbh smile

Are they even any good?

tassisssss Sun 02-Nov-14 15:49:18

Bumping for you...I had wondered similar...

Whereisegg Sun 02-Nov-14 17:17:10

Somebody will help us smile

iloveholidays Sun 02-Nov-14 18:07:05

I can ask my boss on Wednesday if you haven't had any answers... he's a techy geek and does a lot with raspberry pi's!!!! grin

iloveholidays Sun 02-Nov-14 18:08:24

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.

Not sure if that's any help. I Googled grin

MegBusset Sun 02-Nov-14 18:09:09

We have just got a Raspberry Pi Kano - it's much more child- (and parent-) friendly than the original RPi because it has an interface which takes you through building it, setup and basic programming.

Hurr1cane Sun 02-Nov-14 18:10:51

I have one, we only use it to stream films, photos and family movies to the TV.

My friend bought it for me and set it all up, he's very tech savvy and said not to use it for anything else because they're rubbish for other things.

Whereisegg Sun 02-Nov-14 18:18:12

Thanks all grin

Hurr1cane, do you know if it's useless for other things even if you're a 12 year old boy?

Finbar Sun 02-Nov-14 18:21:56

My DS13 recommends getting a starter kit. Costs about £50 but come with all the things you need such a HDMI cable, power supply,case, some come with wireless internet connectors.

It's much easier than buying each individual part ( I'm told!)
Amazon is a good place to buy, but not Maplin apparently!

Bartlebee Sun 02-Nov-14 18:23:17

We have one which we use for TV, primarily, for me to watch all of the latest 'Real Housewives' as soon as they're shown in the US!

It's a marvellous little thing.

Finbar Sun 02-Nov-14 18:24:41

update - he also says the Kano version is good too!
(this is the most engaged in a coversation he's been with me all day grin)

Whereisegg Sun 02-Nov-14 18:46:48

You're welcome finbar wink grin

yomellamoHelly Sun 02-Nov-14 18:50:54

We recently got a Kano. But have also recently returned it!
Ds loves programming and has done all sorts on his pc with Scratch, Snap, Kodu and Python .
By comparison the Kano system was very slow and basic and generally not user-friendly by comparison. (Dh tried to set up his own account to iron out the problems and it wasn't straight-forward.)
Ds and dh got very fed up with it after a couple of hours messing around updating the (I think) video stream and trying to get it working. Dh is really tech savvy so it was disappointing.

yomellamoHelly Sun 02-Nov-14 18:52:35

Wasn't interested in the Minecraft either once he realised how it compared to the pc.

Go for it. Get him a project or programming book to go with it. You can make all sorts of things with them and you can do all sorts with them too.

They are cool little things

yomellamoHelly Sun 02-Nov-14 18:55:16

Keyboard a cheap one and touch pad awful too. (Can you tell we hated it?)

Customer service was good though.

jThompson Mon 03-Nov-14 10:26:54

I'd vote for buying a starter kit too, worked out only a few pence more than buying all the bits and pieces separately when I got DHs.

Try the pi hut, they usually seem well priced.http://thepihut.com/products/basic-kit-for-the-raspberry-pi

I'm sure there are plenty of tutorials online but personally I like working from a book. The for dummies on is supposed to be good though I haven;t had a chance to look at that one.

Adventures in Raspberry pi looks good and is aimed at early teens.

Whereisegg Mon 03-Nov-14 14:34:37

Thanks all thanks

Gonna go for the starter kit I think smile

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