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You can become a Raspberry Pi master for just $34

Learn how to automate your home, mine Bitcoin, build IoT devices, and more with the Raspberry Pi Mastery Training Bundle.
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August 24, 2017
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For a $35 device, the Raspberry Pi is surprisingly capable. Beyond making an excellent computer science teaching tool, it can be fashioned into a home media server, game console, or minimal desktop PC. But using it like a conventional computer is missing the point. These things are meant to be hacked, and you can discover all of the most interesting ways to do so in the Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle, available today for $34—over 90 percent off its usual price.

Here's what you'll learn from this eight course training bundle.

1. Bitcoin Mining

Since your Raspberry Pi probably isn't your main workstation, it can be extremely useful for computing tasks that need to run for sustained periods of time in the background — Bitcoin mining being a perfect example. While there's nothing stopping you from using your laptop to verify transactions on the blockchain, it's an energy-intensive process and the Raspberry Pi's minimal power needs are much more suited to the task.

Included in this bundle is a course dedicated to using your Pi for mining Bitcoin. In this condensed introduction, you'll get set-up with a Bitcoin wallet and learn the terminal commands needed for the process. And to help increase your operation's productivity, you'll also explore how to incorporate more advanced mining hardware.

2. Automation

With the newest iteration of the Raspberry Pi's inclusion of wireless networking, it's become an even better host for home automation tasks. Not only can it respond to sensor input with its array of GPIO pins, but it can also phone home to online services and other nearby Pis. And because its software is totally open, you can be sure that your setup will keep working, even if proprietary parts of your connected home become abandonware.

Throughout three of these sections, you'll get familiar with a variety of solutions for automation. Beginners can dive right into designing their own system using Cayenne, a drag-and-drop tool that lives right in your browser. More experienced users can use their new python skills to control AC-powered appliances remotely.

3. Internet of Things

Because of its small size, the Pi is also great at being the brains behind all kinds of smart objects. You can easily put the power of a full desktop OS into anything that needs it, and it provides limitless connectivity options from analog electrical control to wireless digital data transfer.

To show you how everything fits together, this course collection has a pair of Internet of Things projects. You'll create an online dashboard for displaying sensor data, and even construct a makeshift walkie-talkie.

4. Robotics

Even before they were outfitted with desktop-class processors and RAM, Raspberry Pis have always excelled at interfacing with electrical components. Unlike with Arduino, you can program mechanical movement on the board itself, giving you tons of flexibility while prototyping for robotic parts.

The Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle features two courses that teach you basic robotics. After learning how to manipulate motor current and precisely position servos with Python code and, you'll be prepared to design your own functional robot arm.

Apply your skills further with a robotic car project:

After you've gotten an overview of what your Raspberry Pi is capable of, you can dive deeper into the nuts and bolts of robotics and IoT with a SunFounder Raspberry Pi Robot Kit. If you don't already have a Pi board, this package comes with the most up-to-date variant as well as everything else you need to build a remote control car with a real-time video stream. You'll be able to program and debug movements using the Dragit web interface, or drive it directly from a mobile device. This complete robotics kit is just $149 from GDGT Deals.

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