A little over 2 years ago, I got an email from a friend who had just had a hands on experience with a new micro-computer / educational development board that he said would change the world much like the Arduino did earlier in the decade. He couldn't tell me much, other than that the board was named the Raspberry Pi and that it would be unveiled to the public in just a few short weeks. Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation reported that it has managed to sell over 2 million Raspberry Pi boards since its release!
That little green board with the punny, and fruity name did indeed take the internet by storm and in some form or another it did change the world. Unfortunately, despite my connections in the maker community, and with Element14, I did not manage to get my hands on A Raspberry pi for almost an entire year after its release. When I did, I quickly realized that the wait was well worth it. The Pi can be used for everything from a web-server, to a Minecraft server, and even a set-top media streaming box. Fast forward another year, and I still have my original Raspberry Pi Model B. I have since acquired several more model B's and even a couple of Model A's. I have LCD screens, Cameras, and various other add-on boards for the Pi, and it seems like I add a new Pi or accessory to my collection every few months.
The Raspberry Pi may have less I/O than the BeagleBone Black I recently reviewed, but as I said in the review, "Both boards have their use." Even though I like all of the built in features of the BeagleBone black, especially its lack of need for a dedicated monitor, I still develop with the Raspberry Pi more. As the owner of TheMakersWorkbench and a journalist for both TweakTown and Element14, I get to see some of the latest cutting edge development boards and accessories well before they are released, and while I can not say much, I can tell you that some amazing things are coming down the pipe for the Raspberry Pi.
Just incase you were wondering, you can grab the 3D-printable files for that sweet looking TweakTown blue Raspberry Pi case from Thingiverse!