Apr 09

What is Life After the Cloud – Emergence of the Personal Cloud and how Raspberry Pi plays the part.


Do you remember sitting in your kindergarten class looking at the evolution of man poster where the being on the left is small and hunched over and over time it begins to gradually straighten out?  Today, the silhouette resembles the bars on your wireless device, and it made me think of my graveyard of old devices I have accumulated through the years. I had a pager and a rolodex and a roll of quarters to use for the nearby payphone – or the other one across the street, or the other one on the next corner – just in case there was a line. At one point, there was a need for such devices. We adapted, even if the cost of a Walkman was too high, we waited for the CD Player to come out and purchased the Walkman on sale. Our lifestyle demanded that things become more convenient and the ability to consume become seamless. Today, we are beginning to see the combination of 2 highly consumable products – Wireless and Computer/IT. At home, I still have a Laptop – but in my pocket I have a device that has the compute power of my laptop almost rendering my laptop useless. The tablet is the club that konks  the PC on its head for good – if you are not a gamer (who is the lifeline of this product).

Just take a look at how we consumed music; single-45, 8 track, cassette tape, cd, mp3, mpeG4, mp5, cloud subscripted service – iTunes/Spotify/Pandora. I went from a portable device that held 8 songs to 18,000 songs and if I’m connected to the cloud, potentially any song I wish to hear is at my disposal. So I ask myself, this cant be the final stop – can it? If not, then what – Personal Cloud/Custom Cloud Connect… no way – Yes way! API’s are already available for many applications to connect to. Some, already have personal servers were content is shared publicly and depending on your interests such as gaming, music, TV shows, movies, etc. you can customize and host a platform that you can access anytime virtually anywhere – for free or very low cost.  Raspberry Pi has made it easy and affordable to make this happen and may be the next device that gets added to the technological evolution chart, but it requires something new on our end to make it work for your specific needs – Programming.

Programming is becoming less intimidating as users can go to sites like YouTube to get step by step instructions to build your own network or add an existing applications like Kodi or Terrarium to a streaming device that you can plug in and connect to Wi-Fi.

As users become more frustrated and feel taken advantage of as new devices with new features roll out without the availability to upgrade the old device, people will look to customize on their own and making it easy for a user to customize will be the next evolution point for the future.

  • What is the Raspberry Pi? A credit card-sized computer that costs as little as $5, which spawned a community of millions of amateur developers and hardware hackers.
  • What does the Raspberry Pi do? A lot. Despite its low-cost, the Pi can be run as no-frills PC, a pocketable coding computer, a hub for homemade hardware and more.
  • Why does the Raspberry Pi matter? The Pi is a great machine for stoking interest in programming among schoolchildren worldwide and helping create the next generation of developers.

 

Sources:

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/raspberry-pi-the-smart-persons-guide/

https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-the-raspberry-pi-3-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-tiny-low-cost-computer/

 

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