What I’m actually doing:
Digital signage is really fashionable at the moment. It’s not surprising really, if a good image can be compelling, why not make it sing and dance? I’ve seen an Ipad being used for this in the window of a jewellery store. I’m sure there was a lovely app to make it happen, but Ipads are small and expensive. A cheap LCD TV and a Raspberry Pi running Pi Presents could cost one quarter of the Ipad and be a lot bigger too. Of course, the simplicity of an app may appeal to those who lack my ICT skills. I plan to use Pi Presents to power an interactive display in the exhibition space in my building at school.
Raspberry Pi as a hotspot; I’d love to share my internet connection with the neighbours but I’m not about to open my local network completely. The Raspberry Pi would make a fine hotspot for a series of town houses or a small business; just make sure you have the right antenna!
Raspberry Pi as multi-room sound system; and all controlled through your phone! It’s like a Sonos system, but a bit homespun and a great deal cheaper.
Raspberry Pi as a torrent box; at last I can unshackle my laptop and let my Raspberry Pi fix my appalling upload ratio. Assuming I did that sort of thing of course.
Raspberry Pi as my own private cloud; following the Snowden revelations, and the dubious behaviour of Google, keeping your own data close makes a lot of sense. I think in the future we’ll see many more self hosted platforms and the likes of Facebook and Google will wither on the vine.