Exciting news for Train2Game students! More details on the £15 Raspberry Pi mini computer

Back in January, the Train2Game blog reported how David Braben’s tiny PC  – the Raspberry Pi – could revive the era of bedroom coding.

Train2Game’s David Sharp – organiser of the Train2Game Game Jamhailed it as “very significant news” adding that “Getting the route through to the industry restored is vital so we can see interest turn into a hobby, a hobby turn into a pursuit, a pursuit turn an education and an education turn into a career.”

David Braben recently showed the BBC the £15 computer that’s packed entirely into a USB stick, and it seems to be something Train2Game Game Developers in particular should be excited about.

“The games developer David Braben and some colleagues came to the BBC this week to demonstrate something called Raspberry Pi.”  Writes BBC technology correspondent Roy Cellan-Jones”

“It’s a whole computer on a tiny circuit board – not much more than an ARM processor, a USB port, and an HDMI connection. They plugged a keyboard into one end, and hooked the other into a TV they had brought with them”

“The result, a working computer running on a Linux operating system for very little, and a device that will, like the kit computers of the 1970s and 80s, encourage users to tinker around under the bonnet and learn a bit of programming. And it’s a yearning to return to those days that is driving Braben and the other enthusiasts who are working to turn this sketchy prototype into a product that could be handed to every child in Britain”

You can watch David Braben discuss the Raspberry Pi on the BBC website.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on David Braben’s Raspberry Pi? Would you spend £15 on one? And could it be of benefit to the Game Developers of tomorrow?

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