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Raspberry Pi Goes AI

A new add-on.
Emily Hill
Contributing Writer
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As the AI revolution continues to surge, even the microcomputer company Raspberry Pi is joining the trend. Raspberry Pi has partnered with Hailo to offer an optional AI add-on for its microcomputers, specifically the Raspberry Pi 5. This new AI Kit features Hailo’s Hailo-8L M.2 accelerator, enabling users to run AI-based applications natively on their Raspberry Pi devices.

Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton highlighted that the AI Kit’s integration with Raspberry Pi’s camera software allows for real-time AI applications like chatbots and advanced object detection. With 13 tera operations per second (TOPS) and low power consumption, the Hailo-8L accelerator provides a cost-effective solution for AI enthusiasts and developers looking to experiment with machine learning on a compact and affordable platform.

Why it matters: The introduction of the AI Kit for Raspberry Pi marks another pivotal step in making AI accessible and affordable for a broader range of users. By enabling AI processing directly on the device, they are empowering developers to create innovative applications without relying on cloud-based solutions, thereby reducing latency and dependence on constant internet connectivity.

  • Cost-Effective Solution: Priced at $70, the AI Kit provides a budget-friendly option for developers and hobbyists to explore AI and machine learning. This affordability aligns with Raspberry Pi’s mission to make computing accessible to everyone.
  • Low Power Consumption: The Hailo-8L accelerator operates with a power consumption below 2W, making it energy-efficient. This is crucial for maintaining the compact and portable nature of Raspberry Pi devices.
  • Real-Time Applications: The integration with Raspberry Pi’s camera software enables real-time AI applications such as chatbots, object detection, and facial recognition. This expands the potential use cases for Raspberry Pi in various fields, from home automation to industrial applications.
  • Modular Approach: The AI Kit’s design allows users to add the AI capabilities to their existing Raspberry Pi 5 units, rather than integrating it into the main board. This modularity helps keep costs down and provides flexibility for users to upgrade their systems as needed.

Go Deeper -> Even the Raspberry Pi is getting in on AI – The Verge

Raspberry Pi AI Kit available now at $70 – Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi unveils Hailo-powered AI Kit to make the model 5 smarter – The Register

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