If you’re a Raspberry Pi tinkerer, you may know what it takes to set up a complete computing system for your DIY projects, smart home automation, and more. From purchasing all the required parts to assembling them, you go through a lot.
But have you ever wished to have a pre-built computer with Raspberry Pi and other parts in one place? If so, then meet CrowPi2 — an all-in-one portable and the most suitable device powered by Raspberry Pi for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education.
CrowPi2 is currently hosted on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform with an initial fund goal of $20000. Fortunately, it has already surpassed its goal and stretched it further up to $400000. With 17 days to go at the time of writing, it has raised $337,648 with 1150 backers.
CrowPi2 is the second version of the CrowPi laptop, first launched in 2018 by Hong Kong electronics manufacturer Elecrow. It includes a huge upgrade in all hardware, structure design, and customized software.
Like CrowPi, CrowPi2 also has the same goal to let you learn, explore, and have fun with a Raspberry Pi-powered laptop. On top of that, you can turn this laptop into a STEAM learning platform to learn the basics of programming, electronics, and computer science.
Originally, CrowPi2 comes with Raspberry Pi 4B. However, it is also compatible with other open-source hardware and versions of Raspberry Pi, such as 4, 3B, and 3B+.
Its IPS screen measure 11.2-inch with 1920×1080 resolution. Among other components, it features a 2MP camera, a microphone, a stereo output built-in, and a customized design bin for a power bank.
Another great part of CrowPi2 is a removable wireless keyboard that stays connected via magnet, but you can also detach it anytime easily from the body and use the laptop the way you want.
CrowPi2 may look like a normal laptop like any other. But under the hood, it offers a lot more features and components to not just learn but also leverage the full power of Single Board Computer Raspberry Pi.
For STEAM learning, CrowPi2 comes with independently developed software and abundant educational courses. For example, to learn programming step by step, it provides 70+ lessons For Scratch, Python, AI, Arduino, and Minecraft.
Specially for AI learning, it also offers 7 lessons on face recognition and 5 on speech recognition. You can even use CrowPi2 for embedded programming using open-source hardware such as Arduino, Micro:bit, BeagleBone, and more.
Along with learning, CrowPi2 also provides 18 small Pygames and RetroPie games with DIY functionality. Lastly, to save all learning progress and achievement, it uses built-in offline account management.
Besides internal learning software, CrowPi2 also gives you 22 kinds of common sensors like a buzzer, relay, RGB LED, and modules for learning both hardware and software better.
You can even go further using Raspberry Pi GPIO pins connected to on-board sensors or function as independent outputs to create your own DIY circuits on the breadboard.
Along with Raspbian OS specially for Raspberry Pi, you can also install other operating systems such as Ubuntu, CentOS, Windows IOT, Kali Linux, Pidora, Arch Linux, FreeBSD, Kodi, OpenWrt, RISC OS, RetroPie, LAKKA, Recalbox, LibreELEC, and OSMC.
If you want this revolutionary laptop-cum-learning platform, you can back the project at Kickstarter. The price of CrowPi2 starts at $139 for a basic kit that goes up to $698 for the Delux kit. The shipment of the device will most probably start in August 2020.