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In Other News 0 Comments 02/09/2019 

First Retail Store Opened

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has opened its first retail store in Cambridge, UK. In addition to offering Apple some local competition in the critical tech-stores-named-after-tasty-fruit market, the store aims to introduce consumers who may not have heard of the RBP to the homebrew capabilities and custom computing options that the diminutive system is capable of.

The store, which you can see above, looks something like an Apple or Microsoft Store crossed with an old-fashioned Radio Shack. It’s easy to forget, given how long it has been, but the early homebrew computing kits and projects were themselves supported by a network of hobbyist retail chains and outlets. The best of these stores were the ones run by employees who actually knew something about the equipment they sold, and who could help you locate whatever hardware gadget or software solution you were looking for. Sometimes, if you got particularly lucky, you’d actually find an employee who knew the right BBS phone numbers for boards with people who had questions on particular topics.

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The store contains specific projects that visitors can experiment with. There are six booths in total to walk people through basic possibilities, including:

  • Scratch GPIO control. Use Scratch to light up an LED.
  • Get hands-on with coding. Use Python and buttons to control LEDs.
  • Play with sensors. Use Python to control a Sense HAT.
  • Make your home smarter. With a camera and distance sensor.
  • Build an arcade machine. With a Picade console running PICO-8.
  • Build an all-in-one multimedia center. A Kodi setup displaying how to create a media center with a Raspberry Pi.

Customers will be walked through the various projects by an RBP-powered touchscreen. Keyboard and mouse controls are already integrated, and the project can be reset to its base state with a single click.

“The idea is to give the user some confidence in their ability to follow the instructions,” Hollingworth stated. “Maybe just turn on an LED using Scratch, which will lead them to get the starter kit with the Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide and take their interest further.”


  

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