Phnom Penh is becoming a new tech hub in Southeast Asia. Good gadgets and electronics are more accessible than five or ten years ago. A set of Raspberry Pi 3 starter kit is $68 at an electronics shop in Phnom Penh. Raspberry Pi 3 with starter kits are available on sale at Sweet Memory Store in Phnom Penh.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is the third generation Raspberry Pi. Pi 3 has an identical form factor to the previous Pi 2 (and Pi 1 Model B+) and has complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 and 2. The Raspberry Pi 3 added Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to the ultra-popular, ultra-cheap tiny computer (you have to use third-party dongles with the older versions), but the software support for Bluetooth was lacking until now. The underlying drivers were there, but today’s update to the default Raspbian Linux distribution adds much-needed GUI tools to manage your Bluetooth connections. It’s highly recommended for use in schools, or for any general use.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is not hurting for operating system choices. The tiny ARM computer is supported by several Linux distributions and even has a version of Windows 10 IoT core available. Now, it looks like the Pi is about to get official support for one of the most popular operating systems out there: Android. In Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository, a new device tree recently popped up for the Raspberry Pi 3.
- A Raspberry Pi is a computer the size of a credit card.
- You can use this low-cost device to hack together cool projects.
- We put together a media centre, game console, and smart assistant.
The top 10 projects to try out with your Raspberry Pi 3
1. Build a classic games emulator
2. Build a network of Raspberry Pis
3. Get the full version of Minecraft up and running
4. Boot up Android or Chrome OS’ open source cousin
5. Build a media center
6. Build your own virtual assistant
7. Build a mobile phone
8. Build a Raspberry Pi laptop
9. Wirelessly control your hi-fi
10. Build a wi-fi extender
Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge wrote that:
“I’M REALLY QUITE HOPEFUL THAT … WE’VE MADE A THING WHERE YOU CAN REALLY SAY, ‘YES, THIS IS A PC.'”