• The Raspberry Pi B+ board
• An excellent tool to get young people learning to develop computer code
• Learn to program electronics
• Superb connectivity with increased USB ports and GPIO pins since model B
• Use to browse the web and to download applications for the board
• Use as a portable HD media centre
• Stream and watch 1080P videoWhat is Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that can be plugged into a TV screen or monitor to form a desktop station. It has USB ports which you can use to plug in a mouse, keyboard, a flash storage drive or Wi-Fi dongle. It provides an alternative affordable platform for computing and is suitable for all ages. It was designed for people to develop skills in software through excellent beginner languages such as Scratch and Python.What can I do with a Raspberry Pi B+?
You can use your Raspberry Pi B+ to browse the web like a full sized PC, using the LAN port or connecting a wireless USB network dongle. The Raspberry Pi community have created a host of programs which you can download and which alter the way you use your device. These include an office package for word processing and spreadsheets, using it as a server or using it as a media player for online or offline high definition content.
The GPIO (general-purpose input/output) pins included in this model are ideal for interfacing with electronic components and real-world objects. These give you the chance to experiment with motion sensors, build a quick reaction game or make existing devices smarter such as connecting up to door latches. You can see what other people have been making by clicking here
NOOBS is the recommended software for your Raspberry Pi because it gives you a selection of operating systems to install. Please click here
to check out the many options of operating system you can install on the Raspberry Pi. This also includes a step by step description of how to put the operating system on an SD card.What makes this Raspberry Pi different from previous versions?
The Raspberry Pi B+ is better at providing power to lights, speakers and USB connected equipment than previous models because it has improved power circuitry. Reductions have been made to the bulkiness of ports on the board including a more secure microSD slot to replace the protruding SD card and combining the composite video with the 3.5mm audio jack.
There is an increased number of USB ports, now four in total which is sufficient for the typical Raspberry Pi user. This model features an increased number of GPIO pins, now offering 40 terminals to connect external devices and HAT expansion boards. The usability has also improved, with the addition of hot-plugging. This simply means that you are now able to plug in and eject USB appliances without it crashing the system or the appliance not being recognised. A dedicated regulator gives you higher audio playback.