Some time ago, we discussed the first version of CrowPi, an exciting development kit based on Raspberry Pi, focused on educational purposes and financed through a crowdfunding campaign.
After two years of the launch of the first edition, today, the second version of this device, CrowPi 2, is in the final stage of its financing campaign, which comes with exciting improvements, including the possibility of being used as a traditional one laptop.
After carrying out the relevant market study and considering the positive reception that the first edition of CrowPi had, in June of this year, the financing campaign for its second version, CrowPi 2, began to be developed after the launch of its predecessor version and that it hopes to see the light during August.
It is currently available in two colors, silver, and dark gray; the CrowPi 2 bases its operating system on the 2018 model, but with notable improvements at the material level.
Its design evokes a traditional laptop, including a webcam and a microphone on its 11.6-inch screen and a removable panel with the keyboard and touchpad of the equipment, which works wirelessly and covers the components of the development kit in question—composed of 29 different modules.
Additionally, to give this equipment autonomy, the housing of this device has a specially dedicated space to store a portable USB battery, which can be connected to the heart of this equipment, the Raspberry Pi, that gives it life.
This kit works as a case for the Raspberry Pi 3B, 3B +, and 4, supporting several operating systems, such as Raspbian, Ubuntu, Windows IoT, and ArchLinux FreeBSD, and many others.
In addition to its ability to turn a Raspberry Pi into a fully functioning laptop, its development kit functions are ideal for learning electronics, programming, and use in STEM education systems.
For this last aspect, the CrowPi 2 has its development software, created to learn Scratch, Python, and artificial intelligence, by reviewing online lessons and executing guided exercises.
Among the projects that can be executed is the execution of construction projects in Minecraft, the creation of animations, the development of a calculator, the creation of a playable clone of Flappy Bird, or your version of Sokoban. Also, tools can be created for measuring distance, voice recognition, and even faces, thanks to the benefits of its software and development tools.
These kits can be purchased at different prices, which change depending on the variant chosen. The simplest includes only the base kit. A complete one consists of a Raspberry Pi for immediate use. Others more equipped still have accessories designed for their different possible applications, from programming to executing classic video games.
The project financing campaign is still ongoing. As it is a pre-launch ( early bird stage ), its current price is $139. When this period ends, it is going to be at a value of $ 259.If you want to get more information about this project, you can check them on its page on Kickstarter.