Ramblings of a Techno-Viking

Oogoo and Raspberry Pi

While I haven't been doing much blogable myself, I have recently found a couple of interesting things via Hack A Day:

Oogoo is a moldable silicone clay that is easy to make from readily available substances. The main problem for what I'm thinking of using it for is it releases acid as it cures, so I'm not sure using it to encapsulate metal is a good idea. Still, it looks like something fun to work with.

Raspberry Pi while not shipping yet (they hope for November/December) looks very interesting -- a $35 (or $25 for the less well configured one) low-power credit-card sized Arm board running Linux with a reasonable amount of I/O (USB, Ethernet, HDMI, I2C, I2S, SPI, serial, audio, composite video, and GPIO). The alpha version is running Debian, but they plan on shipping with Ubuntu or another distro. While the first version is aimed at experimenters (no case, no power supply) they are a UK non-profit aiming at the education market. This is not a direct competitor with the OLPC, which is aimed at younger children.

as an OLPC volunteer, it is not useful for us. It needs a tv screen, wifi, mouse and keyboard and a power source, things the XO already was. the OLPC XO has many features that make it more suitable than the raspberry pi for OLPC's primary market. But the XO-1.75 (in beta) and the upcomming XO-3 will use an ARM SoC like it.
Comment by kevix [myopenid.com] Monday 29 August 2011 23:22 UTC
as an OLPC volunteer, it is not useful for us. It needs a tv screen, wifi, mouse and keyboard and a power source, things the XO already was. the OLPC XO has many features that make it more suitable than the raspberry pi for OLPC's primary market. But the XO-1.75 (in beta) and the upcomming XO-3 will use an ARM SoC like it.
Comment by kevix [myopenid.com] Monday 29 August 2011 23:25 UTC

I checked this out a few months ago and it seemed like something I may want to use as a basis for a storage application for very little cost.

Comment by RJohnson Tuesday 30 August 2011 13:02 UTC
As I said in my article, I do not consider it a direct OLPC compeditor. The OLPC is a complete netbook available to a select market, and the Raspberry Pi is (when the first version is released) a bare board, availalbe to anybody. The latter is better for experimetation with I/O and the cheap price lets them be dedicated to science fair projects, etc. where the OLPC would probably be the student's only computer.
Comment by blarson Wednesday 31 August 2011 05:21 UTC