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!

Raspberry Pi gets its own (official) Touch Display

The official Raspberry Pi 7 inch touchscreen display is available to buy, with an 800×480 RGB screen, 24-bit colour and 10-point capacitive touch.

There were ways to connect the Raspberry Pi to several kind of displays, but having an official, specific touch display is really nice. I guess we’ll see tablets and laptops based on this combination very soon.

This is interesting for makers, but not that much for end users: if you want a cheap tablet you’ve got lots of good options and even Amazon is planning to launch a $50 dollar one.

Like the Pi Camera, this is a really welcome addition to the RPi family. Let’s see what creations come up from this.

Source: The Eagerly Awaited Raspberry Pi Display – Raspberry Pi