Raspberry Pi 3 and the curse of human expectations

The new Raspberry Pi 3 is out, and it is a new, impressive iteration of the device that conquered the maker movement. The spec sheet has been improved with a new, more powerful processor (1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53) but above all with native WiFi (802.11n) and Bluetooth 4.1 support .

The initial reception of the device has been pretty modest as seen on media coverage in the last few hours, something that speaks clearly about our human capability to get excited about something about several iterations.

When the first Raspberry Pi launched the first time, it was all bell and whistles. The world marveled at what it represented, but a few iterations later this thing isn’t apparently that impressive or remarkable. Or is it?

Of course it is. Being able to get a computer for $35 (well, you’ll still need a MicroSD card and some other peripherals) is absolutely impressive. The world needs to marvel again about this little device. It deserves everyone of us to marvel at this technological feat that gives anyone in the world an easy way to work, have fun and create incredible things.

Damn humans. We have the exceptional,  shameful capability of getting used to all kinds of marvelous things.

Source: Raspberry Pi 3 on sale now at $35 – Raspberry Pi

Follow up (I): The guys over Pimoroni have published a worthy first look at the performance and main features of the new RPi3 at their official blog. 

Follow up (II): There’s another good review at Make:, the article featured in Reddit. Welcome reddit users, btw!

Author: Javier Pastor

Javier Pastor is a technology journalist that has been writing about tech since 1999. He started writing for PC Actual in Spain, the leading printed magazine in the country, and in 2006 started to write online. First as the Chief Editor for The Inquirer ES, and after that for MuyComputer until 2013. That year he became senior editor at Xataka, the leading tech news website in Spanish with over 5M uniques/month (Aug'15, comScore). Xataka is part of Weblogs SL, a blog network that gets over 40M uniques/month and that has a wide catalog of publications in Spanish. The Unshut is his new venture and allows him to express his opinions and thoughts on everything touched by technology, and follows what he has been doing at Incognitosis, his personal blog, since 2005.