The Royal Academy of Engineering awarded its prestigious Silver Medal award to Dr. Eben Upton, a co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in June.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions to British engineering resulting in "successful market exploitation." There is no better example of finding and creating a new market than the small single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi. It can even be argued that the Raspberry Pi has started a tech revolution -- the proof is in its accessories.
Dozens of companies have popped up, making support components, add-ons, and accessories for the original Raspberry Pi. Price, accessibility, expandability, and a thriving support community are central to that reason. From playing video games to controlling robotics to ascending to the upper stratosphere, here are 15 popular accessories that will transform a simple computer into a powerful engine:
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Created by Gert Van Loo, a developer on the alpha version of the Raspberry Pi, Gertboard expands the GPIO of the Raspberry Pi like no other product. Key feature is the pairing of a 28-pin ATmega microcontroller (any of the following models ATmega 48A/PA, 88A/PA, 168A/PA, or 328/P). The vast expandability of the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is now added to the Raspberry Pi through the addition of the ATmega.