Hurry! Running out of them everywhere! https://www.ebay.com/itm/163319531686
Your link does not include the Pi. “(Not include Raspberry pi board)”
The SD card is also half the size. There may be other differences, but those stand out.
LOL. It’s the little things. Thanks for clearing that up.
Pretty good price for this deal.
Mothership right now has the 3 b+ for $55: https://www.amazon.com/CanaKit-Raspberry-Premium-Clear-Supply/dp/B07BC7BMHY
But the differences are: Woot’s kit has an hdmi cable, woot’s kit has LEDs, woot’s kit has a 32GB SD card, woot’s kit has extra bits and bobs.
For $15 extra you’re getting a good amount of extra gear. Worth it, imo.
I agree I bought one of these from an online Pi store with the kit and ran me an extra 20$ . There are kits you can buy that are to be used with some instructional youtube videos that include sensors and lights and my son really loves following along and learning some basic principles of coding and computing. These little computers are really cool.
This thing (and the Arduino) literally changed my life.
I’m a complete tech ignoramous so any input would be appreciated. Once assembled, what are these good for? Can they be used as a computer I might get from Best Buy? I thought this would be a good family project, but beyond the build, I don’t want another doorstop-which it would be if there’s limited function or ease of use for the tech ignorant. I’d ask specifically for my 12 year old who does need a computer for school projects. Would this set up satisfy the need?
Too late for this Woot, but I have several of these things.
tl/dr: The strengths of a Raspberry Pi are it’s relatively low power draw and the exposed pins (combined with open design and software) that let you hook it up to stuff for projects.
They are not low-powered enough to run on batteries, but they are very low powered compared to “normal” computers, so you don’t feel bad leaving them on 24/7… if you really run it all-out doing something strenuous it consumes only around 12W, so you can power it all year for well under $5. In reality, it’s likely to use a lot less than that.
Anyway, I have the following projects which use a Raspberry Pi:
- I have one going 24/7 as a smart home controller. Not the easiest way to do home automation, but the cheapest and most versatile. https://z-wave.me/
- I have one in an arcade cabinet set up as an emulator to play pretty much any classic arcade game up through around the year 2000. After that date, the emulation probably could use a little more horsepower. This project was a lot of fun and I even wrote some software to operate a reset/safe shutdown button. https://gameroomsolutions.com/product-category/cnc-cabinets/
- I have another running similar software in a little case so that you can run over and plug it into the big screen TV with handheld joysticks.
- We have a Marty robot that you can hook a Raspberry Pi into to add additional capabilities. https://robotical.io/
- And yes, I’ve used it as a general purpose computer. It runs Linux. It works fine, and you can gain some insight into how computers are put together by doing it yourself - but honestly if all you want is a tiny, low-powered computer, there are probably better options.