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Swedish Student Builds Steam-Powered Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi, the famous microcomputer has recently been revamped by the hands of a Swedish student by the handle name "Alexzpro" on Svenska Elektronikforumet, a Swedish tech forum. The user shared his idea on the forum about how he can make use of an actual steam driven engine to supply power to the microcomputer.

According to the student, instead of plugging in the controls of the microcomputer directly into the electronic sockets, one can make use of steam machine that makes use of twin propane torches to heat water in a copper boiler to make the microcomputer function.During the process, steam is passed into the twin-cylinder shaped engines placed above a metal plate. After this, the steam is passed into more cylinders where the pressure drives pistons, results in powering a crankshaft. The crankshaft is connected to the flywheel which is ultimately powering a small DC motor.

SteamPi, as it is being famously called, is no doubt a great invention but it also faces a lot of challenges. The problem of Power cycling is consistent causing the computer to restart frequently. The Swedish inventor has already tried soldering on larger capacitors, but to no result.

Alexzpro invented the machine as a part of a school project and he has even shot a small video of the working engine and uploaded on the famous video sharing site YouTube.

Although SteamPi is an invention by a Swedish student, experts are calling it an invention on the lines of chindōgu, the famous Japanese art of useless inventions. A steam-powered computer completely fits the bill: it works no doubt, but it's largely an impractical but fantastic invention.

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