Monday, February 2, 2015

New Raspberry Pi Computers Are Out

raspberry pi 2
New Raspberry Pi on the market.
Same $35 USD price.

So many uses for it.  It is a outstanding cheap webpage server, among many other uses.

Soon with Windows 10. 

  • A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
  • 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
  • Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1

Windows 10

The Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers.

Now most people will say "So What" 

Well here is the un-reported innovation.

The standard controller for industrial automation.  The machines that make food, control heating, run gambling machines, you name it, are in large part run on Mitsubishi touch screen controllers that use Windows CE.

I was at a industrial automation firm awhile back where the engineer was showing off a new Mistubishi touchscreen controller that powers a packaging machine for powdered milk.

The controller measures the powder, and controls all the operations that go into transforming a roll of printed plastic film and a hopper full of powdered milk into packages of milk sold in the store. 

The controller cost almost $2000.

This controller along with appropriate touch screens and related gear will cost on the order of a couple hundred dollars at most (counting programming, accessories etc)

Windows CE is rather long in the tooth, but it stable.  So people who build factories use it. 

If this pi controller that uses windows 10 is as stable as the Mitsubishi controller, I think there will be a lot of layoffs at Mitsubishi.

Stability means  that the machine has to run 24/7 day after day without fail.  If it can do that, we will see the advancement of industrial automation and less labor being involved in making things. 

This is why you need to know these new skills.

There will be 2 types of workers in the future.  Those that program the bots or those that sweep the floors (and the floor sweeping will be automated too)

Even mundane tasks like farming and driving construction equipment will one day be automated.