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Raspberry Pi: how it sold 10 million in 4 years

Raspberry Pi: how it sold 10 million in 4 years

Even for only $35 a pop, 10 million units sold is no joking number. Especially for something that’s been going on for four years, where it has had the possibility of going out of fashion or being displaced by something newer or even better. But that is exactly the momentous achievement that the Raspberry Pi is able to brag about today. But what is all the fuss about an electronics board that doesn’t even come with case? And how exactly did the Raspberry Pi gain that much attention, users, and loyalty? We take a look back in time to find out.

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Ten million Raspberry Pis sold, official kit coming

Ten million Raspberry Pis sold, official kit coming

If there were still any doubt, even among its creators, that the Raspberry Pi was, and still is, a phenomenal success, then let the numbers speak for themselves. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just proudly announced that the little single board computer (SBC) that could have reached another epic milestone: 10 million boards shipped. Considering they only ever envisioned shipping 10,000 such Pis back in 2012, that is in no way a small accomplishment. And like a never-ending story, things are just about to get better.

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Japanese robotic sumo wrestling is completely autonomous

Japanese robotic sumo wrestling is completely autonomous

If you have ever seen the show "Battlebots" that airs in the US, you know that most of the robots used are set on destroying the competition literally rather than simply pushing them out of the ring. Robot Wars here in the US is also a competition that is as much about the humans who are controlling the robots via remotes as it is about the capabilities of the robots themselves. Japan has a robot sumo wrestling competition that is very different from what we see here in the US.

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Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

The Internet is filled with Game Boy hacks, from boards turned into GameBoy clones to GameBoys themselves modded to do things that couldn’t even be imagined decades ago. And yet there is no shortage of new cool things people do with the venerable gaming handheld. Take for example, this project undertaken by Gautier Hattenberger, who turned the classic version of the Game Boy into a controller for a Parrot AR Drone 2. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t actually require gutting the now rare and expensive gaming device to do so.

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Walabot lets you see inside your walls or floors

Walabot lets you see inside your walls or floors

Anyone who has ever done a DIY project around their home that involved having to drill into the walls has had the fear of hitting something important under the surface of the wall and getting shocked or flooding the home. A new device has landed called WalabotDIY that aims to take that fear out of DIY projects around the house. Walabot is sort of like those stud finders that have been around for years if the stud finder suddenly gained Superman-like x-ray vision.

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Bionic hand made from Keurig Coffee Maker

Bionic hand made from Keurig Coffee Maker

I've seen enough '80s action films to have a dubious disposition on anything bionic or cybernetic. I think we can probably rest assured that a bionic arm made out of a used Keurig coffee maker won't take over the world. A YouTuber called Terminal Cornucopia has created a bionic hand almost entirely out of parts taken from a disassembled Keurig coffee maker and called the hand Hedberg. I don't know why.

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Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Centers in the game are virtual oases, allowing players and their Pokemon a period of respite from the cruel, competitive world outside. In the real world, those are also known as cellphone charging stations. Now that Pokemon GO threatens to blur the boundaries between the two worlds, it only makes sense for Pokemon Centers to take real form as well. And that is exactly what a certain Spencer Kern just did, creating a DIY, and much, much smaller, version of the Pokemon Center as a charging station. Somewhat ironically, Kern happens to be an artists for Minecraft.

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Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

This week it's become clear that Niantic has gotten serious about stopping hackers and cheaters from ruining the vision they had for Pokemon GO. They've gone ahead and modified their game's API - and will continue to do so - to stay one step ahead of 3rd-party interlopers. One of the most awesome - and simple - projects we've come across that's been making use of this API is this Pokemon detecting Pokeball. This device is effectively a smartphone inside a sphere.

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3D-printed Pokemon Go screen cover makes every ball throw perfect

3D-printed Pokemon Go screen cover makes every ball throw perfect

Pokemon Go has finally brought Pokemon catching to the masses, making it as simple as a finger swipe. Except, sometimes it's not that easy. Like when you're desperately trying to catch that Snorlax, and your Pokeball just keeps veering to the side. The trick is to move your finger in a straight line, something this 3D-printed phone case/screen cover makes far too easy.

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Arduino lock bolts the door when you open an incognito window

Arduino lock bolts the door when you open an incognito window

A guy called Mike from the Useless Duck Company has created a very interesting project using Arduino that fans of incognito mode (for whatever reason) might want to replicate. Users of Google Chrome know that incognito mode is the mode you use if you don’t want anyone seeing the websites you visit in search history.

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Play Pokemon Go even longer with this Pokedex phone battery case

Play Pokemon Go even longer with this Pokedex phone battery case

If you're playing Pokemon Go, you're already well aware of how easy it is to drain your phone's battery while out hunting monsters. It's well advised that you pick up a portable charger or battery case for your device. But if you're using your phone to catalog and record all the Pokemon you're catching — just like a Pokedex — you might as well make it look like the real thing!

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Evive embedded tool kit gives you IOT toolkit in one package

Evive embedded tool kit gives you IOT toolkit in one package

If you want to build and create Internet of Things (IoT) devices, you need quite a bit of hardware and tools to be able to do that. According to the people behind the Evive all in one toolkit, this little gem can replace about $250 worth of tools and dev boards. One big upside is that the slick little AIO device puts all that you need in one compact and easy to store or take with you package.

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