Move over, Felix Baumgartner: the Austrian daredevil's skydiving record has been smashed by a bionic teddy bear powered by Cambridge technology.
Last August, Babbage Bear soared up to 39,000 metres - over 30 metres higher than Baumgartner's ascent - before plummeting back to Earth. The cuddly toy was controlled by a tiny Raspberry Pi computer, which communicated with ground control and transmitted still and video pictures throughout his mission into the upper atmosphere.
The Raspberry Pi is the brainchild of tech entrepreneur Eben Upton, who has sold more than two million of the credit card-sized computers to date. He first worked out how to turn his idea into a business success while on the Executive MBA programme at Cambridge Judge Business School.
"The course provided the confidence to look outside the box," he says. "We decided to adopt a licensing strategy, so the now Raspberry Pi Foundation just designs the computer and maintains the brand, and we license those two things to partners. They manufacture it in return for a royalty."
Retailing at less than £25, the Raspberry Pi was intended to be a low-cost means of getting young people interested in programming. But it has found favour with a whole range of hobbyists and enthusiasts, who have used it in everything from electronic music to robotics.