yes, its somewhat annoying to see headlines of the type "<person> is doing <standard thing> with a RASPBERRY PI"
On the other hand, these headlines are leaking out past the tech community, and as a result, we are getting exposure to people who didn't realize you could do <standard thing> on your own.
In any case, price is a fairly significant feature on it's own. At this price point they very nearly become throwaway devices, something you can just hand out to interested folks or have people get as impulse buys.
When you talk about devices costing 3-5x this, it becomes much more of a "Do I really need this" discussion.
the Pi lets you do things that you could do with a micro-controller, without the horrible expense of buying a development kit (which most manufacturers still price for engineers who are having their company buy them, not for hobbyists). The fact that it can be used for 'normal' computer things and then extended to micro-controller things is a nice camel's nose situation.
they did a good job of keeping to their goals and creating a device that nicely bridges the micro-controller and computer space, it's not the best for either, but it's frequently 'good enough', especially to get people started
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