What is a Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer which can be mains or battery powered. It has various options for connecting peripherals including a wired Ethernet port for a network connection, Bluetooth, Wireless, and 4 USB ports on the latest models for peripherals such as wireless adapters and keyboards/mice. It also has an audio out jack for plugging in headphones and an HDMI connection for connecting to a television or monitor. It runs the free open source Linux operating system from an SD card, and best of all, it is very low cost. Variants of the Raspberry pi can cost as little as £25 not including accessories.
Why would I want one?
The Raspberry Pi is extremely versatile. Because of its small size and minimal power requirements, people have used it to build robots, operating pet feeders, operating surveillance systems, broadcast radio station systems, running a telephone switchboard, hosting websites, file sharing, and storing personal files to mention but a few projects. The internet is packed full of ideas for what you can do with your Pi.
How accessible are they for the visually impaired?
Because of the excellent work carried out by Mike Ray over on the Raspberry VI Project, the Raspberry Pi can now be supplied fully configured all ready for use, or if you already have one you can enable speech yourself. The raspberry Pi can also be managed via Windows using a secure shell program called PuTTY.
What configurations can you supply for me to get up and running?
We can supply the Raspberry Pi in many different configurations depending on what you'd like from it. If you'd like a Pi supplied with speech installed with a keyboard and mouse, prices would start at £60 depending on the accessories and configuration you'd like. Even if you already have a Raspberry Pi but are not sure how to get up and running, we can help by providing training/support remotely for a cost of £15 per half an hour. We always encourage customers to get in touch to discuss specific requirements so we can provide a more accurate price for your package. When you purchase a Pi from us, we configure everything for you before despatch, based on your specific requirements, to ensure that all you have to do when the Pi arrives is turn it on and go. All products are covered under warranty for 12 months from the date of purchase against defects/manufacturing faults. Please Contact us today and we will be more than happy to provide you with a quote.