Small microcomputers have become a popular choice for those seeking the benefits of a computer without sacrificing space. 2019 was a big year for the manufacturer Raspberry with their latest launch, the Raspberry Pi 4. The device landed in shops in a choice of 3 different specifications (1GB, 2GB, and 4GB RAM). With one, you can play their favourite games, browse the internet, and developers can build, test and run software on the more powerful 4GB version in a breeze. So, what are the benefits of owning a Raspberry Pi in 2020? Here are just a few ideas.

Retro gaming

There are lots of games on the internet which are available to download and play. Finding a suitable and powerful console to try them out isn’t always easy. Newer machines are often not compatible which means you can miss out on some great classics.

The Raspberry Pi allows the use of different operating systems so you can download the one which is compatible with the games you eagerly want to play, from old DOS games to emulators for other consoles. Thanks to the new higher specification designs, these can be played smoothly. Some software companies offer classic games to download and play for free or for a small donation. The slower, older generation of Raspberry Pi (3B model) used to struggle, but owners of the new series 4 Pi will be able to enjoy all the spoils of these games.

Robots and assistants

There are some great reasons to experiment with robots and Virtual Assistants on your Raspberry Pi 4. You can make tasks around the home easier to do, check the weather, or order items using your voice. Tasks can be completed easily and time can be saved. A great idea is to create a robot. Software with the right computer code can quickly be downloaded and placed onto an SD card. If you can create your own robot and have the electronics knowledge and parts, these can quickly be done at a low cost. There are kits available online for those who are looking to get straight into it. Those who are confident with coding could experiment with their computer coding using python.

Smart security

Home security is a huge topic, especially as we enter 2020. The Raspberry Pi is a great way to keep an eye on things, whether the current range of security cameras don’t fit your budget, aren’t the right size, or you’re unsure having a permanent camera up is right for your home. A smart security system can easily be made using a Raspberry Pi. Smart security systems can cost hundreds of pounds to purchase. You can cut the cost by purchasing a small attachable Pi camera, and with the right software, you can quickly receive alerts when something has happened inside or outside your home. Anything from an open door to a movement across the carpet can quickly be sent via text to your mobile or tablet.

The Raspberry Pi is a great gadget to possess. So, whether you’re considering buying a new Raspberry Pi to learn how to computer code, or you’re stuck for some ideas on how to make the most of your new purchase the Raspberry Pi 4 is a perfect choice and well worth having in 2020.

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