We’ve been nominated for the People’s Choice Award in next week’s Index Award: Design to Improve Life. The competition makers have encouraged us to share the news with you, and we’d be really grateful if you could visit CNN’s page about the awards and click on the Pi button.
The Index Awards are a very big deal for us: they’re the world’s biggest design awards, and we were overwhelmed to be told we were finalists in this year’s event. Although it’s not the prettiest computer ever, the philosophy behind the not-for-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation – a desire to make sure that later generations have the technical skills needed for a successful future, and a desire to see the price of computing and commercial electronic devices fall until they’re accessible to absolutely everyone – is something we’re very proud of.
As promised, here’s the full version of the short news item CNN carried on the Quest Means Business Christmas show earlier this week.
We’ve had a great time with a couple of crews from CNN this year. We met Adam shortly after launch, and knew he had a Pi on order. He’s the guy who was demonstrating how the Pi works in the studio for Quest Means Business, and he wrote a bit about his experiences with the Raspberry Pi on CNN’s website too. He says:
Only after I got my hands on one did I realize how useful the little thing actually is. At first I was excited about using it as an introduction to Linux and to refresh my dormant programming skills. It was only after I put some media software on it that it really became part of the furniture.
My Raspberry Pi, in its Top Trumps card box finery gets used almost every day now. It has infiltrated the living room in a way that a tablet, Apple TV, laptop, or even the smallest PC never could.
Just like the Acorn Electron computer I had when I was five, it’s silent. That’s probably where the similarities end. For starters, the Pi is just 1/25th the price of my Acorn when adjusted for inflation. It can run without a keyboard or a mouse using just my regular TV remote control, and it can play any music or full HD video file I throw at it.
I’ve set this little wonder to play media from TV catchup services, the computer in my bedroom, the DVD drive in the computer in my bedroom, my smartphone and even the downloads on my flatmate’s PC.
You can read more on CNN. Thanks very much for having the patience to spend all that time last month filming us garbling the things we meant to say, and waiting until we got it right, CNN people – we really appreciate it!
We spent a few days with a camera crew from CNN last month, both here in Cambridge and at the factory in Wales. The bits of film they recorded and showed us while we were with them looked fantastic, and I’ve just been sent this trailer for the broadcast, which will be on Thursday: as you’ll see, it’s very polished, and we’re very excited about what the final result will look like. The piece will go into greater depth than previous CNN segments about the Pi, and it’ll give you a much better look at the factory operations than you’ve had before.
The film will be going out as part of Quest Means Business on Thursday evening, which begins at 7pm GMT. (That’s 8pm CET.) We hope you get time to watch it around your busy mince pie schedules!
CNN International is available in the UK on channels Sky 506, Virgin Media 607, Freesat 207 and TalkTalk 506.
CNN shot this video of Eben talking about Pi and teaching a class of students from Chesterton Community College earlier this year, but didn’t air it when planned because they decided to film a longer, more in-depth piece instead, which we’re hoping to see near Christmas. We thought you’d like to see the original, short news clip.
We notice that these days, he doesn’t say “um” quite as much. (And sorry about the formatting. I deserve a large glass of wine for getting this thing to embed at all…)