Got my hands on the Pi ;)

raspberry pi up and running

Finally, after waiting for more than six months I got my on hands on a Raspberry Pi (in fact 4 of them πŸ˜‰ )

Ever since I heard about Raspberry Pi, I wanted to try one, especially to compare it with an Arduino and finally the day has arrived πŸ™‚

Buying Raspberry Pi in India

It was slightly difficult to buy a Raspberry Pi in India. It was either out of stock in most online retailer sites or was prohibitively expensive. There were even sites that were selling it for Rs. 4500 (~ $85). The Indian version of element14 was selling it at Rs. 2750 (which is slightly high, but still okay when you consider tax etc) but model B of Raspberry Pi was out of stock for pretty much most of the time.

Update: It is now available in SP road (Bangalore) for around Rs. 3200.

How I bought Raspberry Pi?

raspberry pi up and running
Luckily for me, a colleague was traveling to US on a business trip. I bought it from element14/Newark and shipped it to my friend who picked it up for me on the way back to India. So far this seems to be easiest and the cheaper option to buy Raspberry Pi in India.

And by the way, they have also given me a Voucher code NEW2P which will give you 15% off components that you buy from element14/Newark. Feel free to use it. I think the offer ends by 31st Jan.

First impression

Even though I have seen one in photos, it was still existing to hold one up in your hand and realize that it has more processing power and memory than the desktop I bought for about a lakh (~ $2000) just 10 years before πŸ™‚

Starting it up

I didn’t have a proper power adapter for powering up Raspberry Pi. So I took an iPad adapter and a kindle cable to power Raspberry Pi.

I then realized that I don’t have a monitor which will work with Raspberry Pi. My old monitor was just plain VGA and the slightly new one supported only DVI-B. Luckily Raspberry Pi has the composite video option and I was able to connect it to my TV. Even though the resolution wasn’t great, I still was able to boot the default OS image that I downloaded from Raspberry Pi’s website. Below are some pictures of it running in my TV.

raspberry pi running in my TV
I will soon write another article about the accessories that you have to buy in addition to Raspberry Pi, to get the most out of it.

What’s next?

I am really excited now and my mind is already bubbling up with lot of ideas. The first idea is to connect it to an Arduino and try to control my Arduino based Asimi bot. When you connect a Raspberry Pi to an Arduino, the possibilities are endless πŸ™‚

Since I am having 4, I am planning to use one as a dedicated media center. I am thinking of loading XBMC on one of the Pi’s and permanently connect it to my TV.

Stay tuned for more updates and projects as I continue to play around with it πŸ™‚

4 thoughts on “Got my hands on the Pi ;)

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  3. Raghavendra

    Hi Sudar,

    your website is really motivational , i am planning to start some prototypes in Raspberry pi.
    I am planning to buy
    5495 RS .
    is it worth buying this?

    i want to first start with connecting Temp.Sensor to raspberry so also planning to buy
    229 RS

    Is this fine?

    So your inouts will help me to finalize. One of my friends in BMS gave your website.



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