The idea of a water cooler for Raspberry Pi brought to mind some sort of sweet summery drink complete with paper umbrellas and a pounding headache the first time I heard it. The item itself is actually a single board computer approximately the size of a credit card that was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
The foundation, created in 2006, hoped the product would help to promote the study of basic computer science and receives its support from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and Broadcom. Its co-founder Eben Upton described the reasoning behind the initiative:
“The lack of programmable hardware for children – the sort of hardware we used to have in the 1980s – is undermining the supply of eighteen-year-olds who know how to program, so that’s a problem for universities, and then it’s undermining the supply of 21-year-olds who know how to program and that’s causing problems for industry.”
The kind of philosophy that led to the development of this technology is in perfect keeping with the pedagogical trends in favor in 3D printing and the open source resourcefulness boasted by sites such as Instructables. Upton would surely be proud of the kind of innovative initiative taken by user name ‘Unprecedented’ in the creation of a water-cooling system for the Raspberry Pi’s ARM processor. The user bubbles with the same type of enthusiasm that must have led to the Raspberry Pi’s development … (read more)