Can anyone explain to me the Raspberry Pi? I am having trouble understanding what it is.

closed as too broad by syb0rg, nc4pk, lenik, Butters, Steve Robillard Aug 30 '13 at 9:04

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    While I did answer this question, you could easily research this topic yourself. Therefore, I did vote to put this question on hold. – syb0rg Aug 29 '13 at 18:06
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    you should definitely figure out first what is "Raspberry" and what is "Pi". i'd recommend wildlife.stackexchange.com and math.stackexchange.com for that purpose. – lenik Aug 29 '13 at 23:11

Take a look at the Raspberry Pi FAQs:

What’s a Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.


The RPi is a computer learning and exploration kit aimed at kids, but very popular with techies too. It is a bare board ARM based computer that is a little bigger than most smart phones, plugs into a Micro USB Phone charger for power and a TV (analog RCA or HDMI) as a monitor. It has GPIO pins to experiment with computer/realworld interactions (such as lighting LEDs for status indicators, driving motors, monitoring button presses on custom buttons....

It is designed to be the brains to a modern electronics experiment kit, and as a cheap platform for teaching computer programming.

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