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article imageRaspberry Pi inventor honored

By Tim Sandle     Jun 13, 2014 in Technology
London - David Braben has been appointed OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Braben was instrumental in helping to get the Raspberry Pi computer project up and running.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools. Although first developed in 2006, the models became widely available from 2012. The devices were originally made in China but they are now manufactured at Sony's Pencoed factory in South Wales.
Technologically, the devices are relatively simple — the Raspberry Pi primarily uses Linux kernel-based operating systems. They have, however, proved to be very popular worldwide as a teaching aid or those who wish to get started in putting a computer together. As an example of the possible applications, CNET devotes a page to "25 fun things to do with a Raspberry Pi."
Braden's group have manufactured over one million computer kits in the UK.
Braden also has interests in computer games, the BBC notes. In late 2012, Braben ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to develop Elite: Dangerous, a computer warfare game. The campaign raised £1.5m and the game is due to be released towards the end of 2014. Braden's award from the Queen is in recognition of his commitment to technology and entrepreneurial skills.
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