In Pictures: 7 cheap computing boards for scratching your maker itch

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Raspberry Pi This tiny, $35 Linux- and ARM-based board is getting a lot of attention, being used in devices ranging from temperature and humidity monitors to Web-controlled power strips and beyond. Initially intended to serve as an affordable computer for children, it's primarily deployed in educational settings and by hobbyists. The recently upgraded Model B+ board (pictured) doubles the number of USB ports to four, offers 40-pin GPIO, reduced power consumption, and a low-noise power supply.

“We really want to position this [upgrade] as being kind of an evolutionary improvement,” says Eben Upton, co-founder of Raspberry Pi.

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