The Raspberry Pi was released in 2012. It is basically a stripped down computer that can run Linux. It does not come with a screen or keyboard but it does only cost about $5. Of course, there are now more advanced versions that cost a little more. These can be used to create so many amazing items. I have personally been dying to buy one, but I have not had the time or the purpose to get one and make something with it. Then this month the Raspberry Pi magazine (The MagPi) teamed up with Google to put together a kit that would allow users to create their own virtual voice assistant (like a Google Home or Amazon Echo). The kit comes with issue 57 of The MagPi.
You cannot purchase the kit separate yet, but Google does have a form you can fill out that allows you to sign up for a notification when the kit goes on sale. If you want to purchase a subscription to the magazine and get your kit that way, you can have a yearly subscription in the United States for $129. You have to specify that you want issue number 57 or you may not start getting your copies until 58.
Now I am going to personally continue to look for the single copy of issue 57 or end up getting the kit from Google when they start selling it on its own, but I would love to see a subscription of the magazine and some Raspberry Pis in my school's maker space for students to play with. I would be interested to see what some of them would create.
Here is a link to a blog post from The MagPi that answers some additional questions and houses a demonstration video of the Google voice assistant kit.
Parent, Educator, Technology Lover