some swag i would personally love to see:
A simplified raspbian for writers, journalists and authors. Trust me, there is a huge demand for inexpensive typerwriter alternatives as evidenced by the sale of "distraction free" writing apps for OS X and windows. It might be a pi with a preinstalled raspbian version that includes just a few apps like 'FocusWriter,' 'Pyroom,' the dictionary 'Artha' (with the 'insane' sized version of the english dictionary.) and perhaps the 'links2' webbrowser for a fast and frugal web 1.0, text-driven, online experience.
There have been several commercial linux-driven projects to bring a simple word processor to market, but these have been in the $700 or so range for closed systems that cannot do half what the pi does. And, i suspect they lack the flexibility and expandability the pi does - let alone offer the Pi's vast community support.
Yes, there are free online alternatives. But not every writer (or especially journalist in a hostile land) wants to be kludged to a web office suite or be tethered to a proprietary platform known to track their every keystroke or online search. Add a big "offline" button on deskop! Then, give them a few buttons to switch screen and text color and margins for their plain-text or rtf creations....and another big backup to flashdrive button.
While such a project is not strictly programming-education oriented, it does mesh with the education market, which needs affordable tools for writing and language classes. Public libraries would want such a pi by the dozen. A PiWriter is a narrow-use project, but might have very broad appeal.
Sure, a linux novice could take standard pi and create such a tool in minutes. But the tech-illiterate writer (teacher, student, librarian or professional author) cannot. With pre-installed writing tools, a piWriter would fill this gap and provide an additional on-ramp to computer education. Some might use it as a pure text processing machine (a $35, one!), but assuredly a certain percent of users could make a jump to computer learning with a pi already in use on their desk.
This can just be a modified version of raspbian available via noobs. Or sold on SD card (or USB flash) to raise money for the foundation.
and official 3.5 inch screen.
There are plenty of GPIO-mountable screens on the market for the pi. But how about one that works out the box? (and keeps working after software updates) Pimoroni or Adafruit might be a supplier... Yes, the 7-inch official screen rocks. But there are definitely folks and project makers who need portability. Bonus incentives might be an onboard SD card for backups, a tiny speaker or software templates for pygame menus that help neophytes construct simple grahical or ncurses menus to drive their projects. Comes with a "lid" that can be used with the official Pi Case.
Lora Radio piBeacons.
How about a Lora-radio add-on that allows non-internet connected devices to share data and collaborate at a distance? (Even with meterological balloons and distant amateur weather stations). Sure there are local radio regulations based on geopgraphy, but this tech is getting cheaper.
Raspberry pi stickers.
Let us have stickers of different colors to personalize, decorate, and more easily identify our various Pi's. A pack of 12? Small enough to adorn the tops of existing Pi-case lids, please.
A Pizero preconfigured as a usb device of some kind. Not sure what kind, but I am sure others may have some creative ideas.....
Limited edition Pi's in funky colors. May not be practical, but could be auctioned or sold at high prices for education fund raising. Proto-pies....seasonally baked....
an official e-paper screen! yes, a pi-reader! i want two. may not be pracitcal based on price
, but i still want one. errr, two.
an official thermal printer with accompanying software support. okay, maybe DIY is better. But still, cool.
Any coffee or tea-related items. Mugs and flagon-sized, please.
Tins and zipper cases for holding USB and Sd cards.
Maybe a recharagable pi-powering USB scarf? (ala' Dr. Who).
A solar-powered pi-zero hat? (fedora or baseball) (Dare i wish for an LCD? A hat-top Pi,
A car-battery lighter Pi charger?
Pi-fi Shoes? (charged by walking).
A women's usb-flash drive set of nail tips with stretch preinstalled.
A custom round-haped pi board because spheres are the next big thing!...wires and mounts on the bottom to make a mushroom-shaped case for this critter. much cooler than an apple watch, if we can get a tiny round screen. A piPocket-watch computer, anyone? eureka! lol
An official waterproof Pi case for outdoor use. Slightly enlarged to allow for extra batteries and plug-in components and with an external ring so the Pi can be hung from a hook, wire, nail or jungle vine.
Thanks for taking the time to read such madness!
My apologies for poor English. My native language is ancient Greek.