Four years ago today, the computing world was rocked with the arrival of the original Raspberry Pi. This tiny $25 computer ($35 with some extra features) was originally meant as a low-cost solution to teach kids programming in the classroom.
However, adult hobbyists drove sales through the roof and it went on to become bigger than the creators could have dreamed, with more than 8 million units sold. From robots and automatic dog treat dispensers to magic mirrors or just a low-cost computer, there seem to be no end to the possibilities. And the Raspberry Pi just got even better.
The new Raspberry Pi 3 is officially out, and it's 50% to 60% more powerful than the Raspberry Pi 2 and 10 times faster than the original Pi. Unlike past Pis that had 32-bit processor, the Pi 3 has a 1.2GHz 64-bit ARM processor so it can handle newer operating systems and harder calculations.
Not only can you load up versions of Linux, like Rapbian, the Pi 3 can run Windows 10 IoT Core, which is Microsoft's version of Windows 10 for low-powered or embedded gadgets. Windows 10 IoT Core won't run regular Windows programs, but it can run Windows 10's universal apps.
In addition to the new processor, the Pi 3 includes on-board 802.11n Wi-Fi and the latest Bluetooth 4.1 standard for low-energy connections to other components. Plus, it has the usual microUSB, HDMI, microSD, USB and other connectors to hook into your homebrew projects or you can just hook up a TV, keyboard and mouse.
The Raspberry Pi 3 costs $35 and is on sale in the U.S. now through suppliers like elemnt14 and RS Components. You can see the Pi 3 in action in the video below.