At first glance, the Raspberry Pi doesn’t seem much impressive when you look at the specifications sheet.
You get a quad-core ARM CPU that doesn’t all the same instructions as a desktop or laptop x86 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 4 USB ports, 1 HDMI port, Ethernet jack, Micro SD card slot for storage, wireless & Bluetooth support, and a 3.5 mm combined video and headphone jack.
You can try to use the Pi as a general purpose PC for web surfing, YouTube and whatnot.
But we don’t actually recommend this as the default Linux distro that serves as the Pi Operating System called Raspbian isn’t that great for everyday use.
Raspberry Pi is not only a couple of slots for mounting a camera or an LCD display which you usually find on the back of a digital camera.
But the 40-pin general purpose input and output or GPIO which allows you to connect the Pi to everything from weather stations to robots.
This functionality was originally built into the Pi to teach computer science and programming to relatively young students.
But this is the sole reason why it became so popular among the Do-it-yourselfers for home projects.
For example, imagine a DIY media with more power and flexibility than a chromecast. This can be made possible by open-source media-centric OS like Kodi.
You can even build a very cheap home server solution when you connect a USB stick or an external hard drive.
If you’re looking something beyond the region of everyday computing you can buy the special low-light cameras for the Pi and have a simple and yet effective surveillance home server. Which can be hooked to your door to create a smart home lock.
The projects of Raspberry Pi range from simple household things to making robots or controlling drones.
By gaming, I didn’t mean that you can run heavy games that you usually run on your PC or laptops.
But it turns out that pie is great for retro games of all sort.
The Open source projects as retro pie are capable of running games from the Atari to the Nintendo 64.
Many users have gone very far to build custom enclosures for the Pi by turning it into a fully portable retro gaming machine supporting more consoles then you’d ever find.
Of course, a lot of these projects require you to have a little patience and learn a few things about Linux.
There is nothing stopping you to build custom projects with a ton of accessories available and How-to guides on the internet.