With up to ten million sales in just four and a half years, this tiny computer has probably become the most prominent computer ever manufactured in Britain. A project that was initially intended to attract young students into the world of computer science, has surprisingly grown into some unexpected magnitude, now being used by both the young and old for a wide range of projects. Even more importantly, it has expanded with a great commercial reward for the organization.
When we started Raspberry Pi, we had a simple goal: to increase the number of people applying to study Computer Science at Cambridge. By putting cheap, programmable computers in the hands of the right young people, we hoped that we might revive some of the sense of excitement about computing that we had back in the 1980s with our Sinclair Spectrums, BBC Micros and Commodore 64s.
At the time, we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units – if we were lucky. There was was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the UK, and exporting Raspberry Pi all over the world.
Raspberry Pi has become so popular today that you can accomplish several kinds of projects with it, including:
- Home automation
- Building a living room PC
- Building a mini web browser
- Building a Pi phone plus many more.
Therefore, the ten million sales may not have come as a surprise to the millions around the world who have used and benefited from it.
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