I’ll try to avoid man-made words words, words, as «destructive» when I say it, but there’s no doubt the Raspberry Pi is changing the world. We reviewed several interesting projects and I even created a basic system with Pi. Now it’s time to take a look at some of the truly amazing ways the Pi is changing things.
Be sure to read our unofficial guide to if you are new to the system, and check out the top 10 resources for every Raspberry Pi owner
Learn to code
Kano is a complete kit for learning to code at a young age. By pairing the hardware with a custom Linux distribution and an implementation of the Scratch visual logic designer, kids can learn how to make simple games like Snake or Pong and then quickly jump into Minecraft modding!
The sad fact is that our current education system is failing kids when it comes to preparing them for the modern web world we live in—only by doing so can we change that. You can still fund the Kano project until December 19th, so it might be time to take matters into your own hands.
Wolfram and Mathematics
Wolfram Alpha is a computing engine that was web-based for a while — now available as a free programming language for the Raspberry Pi. If you’ve never used Wolfram Alpha, try this — «population growth by country». Here’s Stephen Wolfram himself to explain why it’s all amazing ( warning : more than an hour)
Also included is Mathematica, which is a powerful mathematical language for data modeling, plotting, and complex equations, and also acts as a GUI front end for the Wolfram Language. I know one thing: I probably wouldn’t have done so badly in my A-level stats if I had Mathematica.
By installing these tools on the Pi, languages can also interact with sensor data and output devices. These are exciting times: singularity is near.
Training in a hostile environment
Being a woman in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Taliban-infested countries is not much fun: many are denied access to education, sold into slavery or married when they are still young and destined for a life of slavery to a man they will never love. Malala Yousafzai is just such a girl — to her head at the age of 12 for fighting relentlessly for access to education. She has since recovered and is now based in Birmingham leading a worldwide campaign to get all girls in school by 2015. Even as we face the dangers of terrorist organizations, there is still a severe lack of funding for IT equipment — that’s where projects like this IndieGoGo campaign come in. (in conjunction with Trust in Education, and now fully funded) . A complete Pi computer with peripherals can be built for less than $200, making the prospect of equipping these schools with global connectivity a reality.
I am confident that through education we can solve many of the world’s problems, from overpopulation to the stranglehold of terrorism.
Drone Hacking : SkyJack
Amazon recently announced that it is working on a 30-minute unmanned package delivery Regardless of the reality of this, it is doubtful that they will even be licensed by the FAA. Someone has already invented air piracy with the Ronpberry Pi hacker device. Fraudulent drone (Parrot AR 2, review of which I got here: ) finds the signals used to control the delivery drones, flies close, then locks on and jams the signal, gaining full control over the delivery.
I designed a drone that flies around, looks for the wireless signal of any other drone in the area, forcibly disconnects the wireless connection from the target drone’s true owner, then authenticates with the target drone pretending to be its owner, then relays commands to this and all other possessed zombie drones by my will.
I rate this as amazing from a purely technical standpoint of admiration — it’s clearly not good for the world and you’d have to hold yourself to a fairly low moral standard to use it — but it’s amazing nonetheless.
Block annoying calls
Complete PBX systems for handling calls are ridiculously expensive—but add a $30 phone-to-VOIP adapter to your Raspberry Pi and it’s just as capable as a $500 system, if not more. One of the popular uses for DIY PBX systems is to block unwanted calls — you can add blacklists, whitelists or just block anything that doesn’t disclose their number or comes from international sources. Here is one such Raspberry Pi setup using Asterisk. It may not sound like much, but if you get 5-10 nasty calls a day, it can be life-changing and prevent older relatives from being scammed by fake support calls. how you got into
With my own child on the way next year, educational potential is what excites me the most (ok, I’m lying — I want to hack drones) . I have no doubt that coding and creator spirit is by far the most important skill I can pass on to them. Everything that makes this learning process fun has got my approval, and the Raspberry Pi is the perfect match.