I purchased something called the BananaPi (which is the successor to the very successful Rasperry Pi). Before I get into a stumbling and rambling explanation about what that is, I will quote from Wikipedia.
“The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card–sized single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries. The original Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi 2 are manufactured in several board configurations through licensed manufacturing agreements with Newark element14 (Premier Farnell), RS Components and Egoman. The hardware is the same across all manufacturers.”
What’s it good for? Lots of stuff. People use this little computer for all sorts of real life applications, as media servers, as controllers for home heating and lighting, for controlling surveillance cameras, the list is endless.
What am I going to do with it? I’ll let you know tomorrow, when hopefully I’ve succeeded with implementing it.