Everyday gadgets can now be coded and connected to cloud-based software and resources with Raspberry Pi. You can learn how to build one and code to your satisfaction.
The Raspberry Pi is supplied already assembled and attached to a 7-inch touch screen display. You will also be supplied with a USB keyboard and a micro USB power supply.
To start, plug in the keyboard to one of the Raspberry Pi's USB ports. Then plug the power supply in to the display circuit board's micro USB port. This is essential, because the power flows from the display to the Raspberry Pi itself, but not the other way. Once the other end of the power supply is plugged in to a power outlet, the Raspberry Pi will start to boot after a couple of seconds.
The keyboad is used for text inputs, and the multi-touch screen replaces the mouse. Other connections available on the Raspberry Pi include extra USB ports, a network port, an HDMI output, and a 3.5mm stereo output jack.
Using the Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi boots into Raspbian, a version of Linux that is optimized for the Raspberry Pi. Once at the desktop, you can connect to Wi-Fi using the network icon (which looks like a pair of computers connected by a wire) in the top right of the desktop. Select HPL_Guest, and then open the web browser (Epiphany web browser, whose icon is a globe with a mouse cursor on it) and follow the normal HPL_Guest connection steps. If a connection cannot be established, ensure that the USB Wi-Fi dongle is securely connected to the Raspberry Pi.
The "Menu" button at the top left is analogous to "Start" on a Windows PC, in that it offers a place to launch all of the applications installed on the Raspberry Pi. These applications include:
Several coding and programming applications,
The LibreOffice productivity suite,
A couple of games and web applications
Search Lynda.com for these courses:
Up and Running with Raspberry Pi
This course serves as an introduction to both the Raspberry Pi hardware as well as some software and coding considerations, such as Python and Scratch.