BMS Doug wrote:
Talk about accuracy in reporting:
The UK designed Raspberry Pi microcomputer, which has triggered all sorts of creative single board computing projects — most recently being repurposed as the heart of a DIY computer designed to help kids learn to code — continues to sell in far greater quantities than its creators ever imagined.
how can fulfilling it's original design brief be described as "repurposed
I've just read up on Kano and I'm struggling to contain my laughter, I find it incredible how many people are willing pay extra for nice packaging.
I have not really looked at the product so I could be wrong, but I think the kano idea is to supply everything required to use a rpi in one box(other than a display). I will not comment on value/paying extra/or profits because I am a cheapskate and have never paid for anything without expecting a discount. That said, for beginners the idea is probably a very good one as beginners should not really be expected to know what extra items are required to use a bare rpi.
As far as the blurb in the article, if you have any idea about how that sort of thing works you should know most articles are actually written by the featured product retailers or developers and given to journalists with a small gratuity to hand in as their own work (and the journalist get paid for by the publisher). Articles are often thinly veiled marketing purporting to be about some related field but heavily placing a product with a tenuous link.
Most marketers hype products, they have to because everything else they compete with has marketers also hyping products.
From what I heard the kano guys were cambridge uni business graduates (could be wrong that's just from memory of what I think was on the foundation blog a few months back), I don't think any of them actually have any engineering background (I am probably wrong). Also a lot of crowd funding projects are bought into by VC funds that use the system for marketing more than any real fund raising.
I don't think you should hold the hype against the kano project, they are not really aiming at the geek hackers that are probably the major users of the rpi so far. The easier they make it for beginners to use the rpi the better for everyone as that means more users which means more money more development and a better system.
Correct me if I am wrong, most of what I say is guesswork and reading between the lines.