Ten Million Pi's!
- Posted: Sep 16, 2016 at 6:00AM
Now that's allot of Pi! Eben Upton has written a little about their journey to 10 million and also introduces a new premium kit...
When we started Raspberry Pi, we had a simple goal: to increase the number of people applying to study Computer Science at Cambridge. By putting cheap, programmable computers in the hands of the right young people, we hoped that we might revive some of the sense of excitement about computing that we had back in the 1980s with our Sinclair Spectrums, BBC Micros and Commodore 64s.
At the time, we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units – if we were lucky. There was was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the UK, and exporting Raspberry Pi all over the world.
With this in mind, you can imagine how strange it feels to be able to announce that over the last four and a half years we’ve sold a grand total of ten million Raspberry Pis. Thanks to you, we’ve beaten our wildest dreams by three orders of magnitude, and we’re only just getting started. Every time you buy a Raspberry Pi, you help fund both our ongoing engineering work, and our educational outreach programs, including Code Club and Picademy.
Very early on, we decided that we would offer the bare-bones Raspberry Pi board without accessories: that way, cost-conscious customers get the lowest possible price, provided they can beg or borrow USB peripherals, a power supply and an SD card. Over the years, Raspberry Pi distributors have built on this, producing some fantastic bundles for people who would rather get everything they need from a single source.
To celebrate the ten millionth Raspberry Pi, for the first time we’ve put together our own idea of what the perfect bundle would look like, creating the official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.
- A Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
- An 8GB NOOBS SD card
- An official case
- An official 2.5A multi-region power supply
- An official 1m HDMI cable
- An optical mouse and a keyboard with high-quality scissor-switch action
- A copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi Foundation Edition
How do you get Windows 10 on it?
Windows 10 IoT Core is a version of Windows 10 that is optimized for smaller devices with or without a display, and that runs on the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3, Arrow DragonBoard 410c & MinnowBoard MAX. Windows 10 IoT Core utilizes the rich, extensible Universal Windows Platform (UWP) API for building great solutions. If you’re new to Windows 10 IoT, this post will go through how to get Windows 10 IoT installed on a Raspberry Pi 3.
For more information on the Windows 10 IoT core platform, check out this post.
There are a lot of different kits out there that will help you to get started with the essentials – I found that this one is a good starter kit. It comes with all the stuff in the picture below and includes all the basics.
What other things can you do with your new Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced yesterday that they have sold their ten millionth unit. To celebrate, they have released an official starter kit which includes a book, a nice keyboard, a fantastic case, and an assortment of power adapters.
We’ve been long-time fans of the Raspberry Pi and have seen many great projects using it. We thought it would be fun to celebrate their ten millionth unit sold with 10 of our favorite Rasbperry Pi projects!
[Thumbnail via 10 Raspberry Pi Projects to Celebrate 10 Million Pis]