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The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. - https://www.raspberrypi.org/help/what-%20is-a-raspberry-pi/
Since the launch of the 1st Raspberry Pi Single Board Computer in 2012, 19 millions has been shipped to student, educator, maker and hacker all around the world!
Why is Raspberry Pi important in Digital Making? Because it is a low cost computer, and just imagine what you can do with a computer? Nearly everything! Let’s kickstart your digital making journey with Raspberry Pi.
1. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (recommended for beginner)
This board is in standard size of Raspberry Pi computer. Slightly bigger than a name card, this model is the most popular and powerful board as of now. The board comes with quad-core, 64-bit ARM processor and 1GB of RAM. With the latest Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth and fast speed Ethernet port, it is capable of streaming video and running complex AI algorithm. We recommend this model because it is the most popular among other models, most of the example is based on this size
2. Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+
This is smaller size of Model B+ (above), taken out the Ethernet port and left with one USB 2.0 port. Yet, it is lower cost and 3A+ comes with same quad-core, 64-bit processor running 1.4GHz. Not to forget the same dual band WiFi and Bluetooth are build in too. It is becoming popular as IoT hub or server.
3. Raspberry Pi Zero W
This is the world most compact single board computer, with the on board WiFi and Bluetooth Wireless connectivity, it is suitable as controller for many IoT related projects.
A micro SD card inserted into the slot on the board acts as the hard drive for the Raspberry Pi. It is powered by micro USB and the video output can be hooked up to a monitor, or a TV using the HDMI port.- https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/tech/computers/what-is-the-raspberry-pi
This is the simplified version. If you are somebody who love details, you should read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi
The Raspberry Pi Beginner Kit is the simplest and fun way to learn the Raspberry Pi.