By Daniel Hunter

Today (Wednesday) marks the official launch of the Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized computer designed to help teach children to code.

Simply put the Raspberry Pi is The Raspberry Pi is a bare-bones, low-cost computer created by volunteers mostly drawn from academia and the UK tech industry.

"Six years after the project's inception, we’re nearly at the end of our first run of development — although it’s just the beginning of the Raspberry Pi story," said a statement on the companies website.

"Now we start developing educational tools and initiatives, at the same time as continuing research and development on Raspberry Pi hardware.

"Although we are still waiting for units to arrive from China, you can start buying the Raspberry Pi today. We have entered into licensed manufacture partnerships with two British companies, Premier Farnell and RS Components.

"They’ll be manufacturing and distributing the devices on behalf of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and handling the distribution of our first batches as they arrive in the country. The Foundation continues to make a small profit from each Raspberry Pi sold, which we’ll be putting straight back into the charity."

The Raspberry Pi will be launched at £22, although later this year that price is expected to drop down to as low as £16.

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