It seems that to really make use of a Pi model A in many scenarios, students are going to need access to:
- A USB power source
- A USB hub (preferably powered)
- Network connection (maybe WiFi or wired)
(obviously they'll also need a keyboard, mouse and monitor, but the above requirements are slightly unusual to the Pi).
That led me to thinking, has the Foundation thought about producing a device, maybe one that could be shared between 2 students, that has:
- 2 1A 5V outputs to power the Pis
- 2, say 3 port USB hubs, one for each Pi
- an Ethernet port that could be shared between the two devices?
Obviously you could extend this to say 4 devices, although the advantage with 2 is it can just sit between two people and be easily accessible by both.
Having just bought some SD cards, a powered hub (that isn't so cheap it will fall apart in a month or cook the Pi) and an HDMI to DVI cable to use with my Pi (when it comes along - really hoping I can get one of the first batch!), it seems that getting this peripheral stuff a bit cheaper is going to be quite important - just the hub cost as much as a model A will!
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