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BeagleBone Black Wireless winners from Maker Faire NY giveaway

Wed Oct 12 2016 02:15:36 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Congratulations to the winners of the BeagleBone Black Wireless Maker Faire New York Giveaway! Boards are entering production now and should ship in November. Winners should expect to be contacted separately for their shipping address.

Meet BeagleBone Black Wireless, the newest board in the BeagleBone family

Mon Sep 26 2016 14:13:02 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Replacing the 10/100 Ethernet port with onboard 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi and Bluetooth, the popular open source BeagleBone™ Black computer now comes with built-in wireless networking capability.
BeagleBone Black Wireless

Introducing SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green
by Christopher Rush and Jason Kridner

Fri Jul 08 2016 20:35:12 GMT-0000 (UTC)
The first available WiFi plus BLE board from the BeagleBone community
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SanCloud Launches Indiegogo campaign for SanCloud BeagleBone Enhanced
by Jason Kridner and Marc Murphy

Thu Jul 07 2016 20:36:26 GMT-0000 (UTC)
SanCloud BeagleBone Enhanced SanCloud are proud to announce the launch of their crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo for the SanCloud BeagleBone Enhanced. Early bird rewards start as low as $52.

Last week to join the Music Tech Design Challenge
by Jason Kridner

Mon Nov 30 2015 17:54:42 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Everybody loves music, right?! Here's your chance to change the way music is made and win prizes to boot. Fifteen of the best ideas will get a pile of gear to bring their idea to reality. But don't wait, the deadline for applications is November 30, 2015!

SanCloud BeagleBone Enhanced
by Marc Murphy - SanCloud

Mon Nov 23 2015 19:46:06 GMT-0000 (UTC)
SanCloud is joining the logo licensing family and enhancing the open hardware BeagleBone Black design you love with more features than you thought possible! It still has a blistering 1GHz processor and like the BeagleBone Black, two 46-pin headers, micro HDMI for audio/video output, USB ports, Ethernet and other I/O features. The SanCloud BeagleBone Enhanced is an ultra-powered embedded computer that can (still) fit in a mint tin.

Announcing the new, powerful BeagleBoard-X15 open hardware computer for electronics innovators from

Wed Oct 14 2015 23:06:42 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Innovate with an open community of developers on the most powerful and flexible open hardware computer development system available  
8 collaborates with Microsoft to simplify Internet of Things (IoT) development
by Jason Kridner

Wed Oct 14 2015 12:03:08 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT“Working with the open community around and their partners is an inspiration,” said Barb Edson, General Manager for Data Platform and Internet of Things, Microsoft. "Everyone in the community of professionals, students and hobbyists innovating around programmable electronics benefits from this collaboration to accelerate IoT prototypes and extend their creations to the world.”

Ember opens the way to 3D printing

Wed Oct 14 2015 12:02:53 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Interested in 3D printing or materials development? We all know by now that BeagleBone Black has incredibly precise machine control capabilities. Now, Autodesk® just did a bunch of us a big favor when it recently opened up its Ember high-resolution and small footprint stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. Ember is already being used to produce castings for delicate pieces of jewelry and in photopolymer chemistry research. And now Autodesk has taken the next big step to encourage even more innovation and creative 3D printing applications. All of Ember’s hardware electronic design and firmware is now downloadable as open source. The mechanical designs and resin formulations had already been made available.

BeagleBone Black and Android Combine in Super Cape Attachment
by Lauren Reed

Wed May 27 2015 18:16:15 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Makers love customizing their Android devices. And thanks to the BBBAndroid, which puts emphasis on interfacing custom hardware with Android operating systems, users now have a starting point to create their own custom Android-based devices.

Project Spotlight: Emmelia - Yocto powered 3D Printer prototype
by Natalie Nelms

Mon Mar 30 2015 16:48:17 GMT-0000 (UTC)
We’ve all heard about the trend of 3D printing that’s on the rise and breaking into many different industries, from automotive to fashion, Makers have embraced 3D printing on a whole new level and many have presented their creations to the public. At least that’s what maker Robert Berger did. He demonstrated his 3D printing project, Emmelia, at the Embedded Linux Conference 2014 at the Yocto booth. Berger began the project after purchasing a 3D printer kit.

Time for another Google Summer of Code
by Jason Kridner

Mon Feb 09 2015 20:16:32 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Google starts accepting applications for potential mentoring organizations on today, February 9th. is going to send in an application. Your help is needed to make that application as strong as it can be!

How does BeagleBone Black compare to Raspberry Pi 2?
by Jason Kridner

Wed Feb 11 2015 20:00:44 GMT-0000 (UTC)
As many of you might have heard, Raspberry Pi launched their next board, the Raspberry Pi 2. There have been noticeable differences in the primary processor performance from the original Pi to Pi 2. This has cause a lot of people to revisit the question of how the BeagleBone Black compares to Raspberry Pi.

Thought Leadership Regarding the Internet of Things
by Jason Kridner

Fri Jan 30 2015 19:03:15 GMT-0000 (UTC)
With browsers and rich applications available to us everywhere, desires for information and control are growing astronomically. Entrepreneurial, design and cross-discipline engineering skills are all required to launch a successful connected device. Thankfully, Brian DeLacey with other technology enthusiasts around Cambridge and Boston are exploring what it takes to educate individuals and teams on the required skills in the most expedient ways possible. I was fortunate to be a guest speaker at an IoT event he hosted at MIT and to participate in his week long Independent Activities Period (IAP) class, supporting use of BeagleBone Black.

IoT IAP class

Declaring the Drought is Officially Over
by Jason Kridner

Thu Jan 29 2015 18:54:14 GMT-0000 (UTC)
BeagleBone Black ClusterIt was April last year when I wrote about how we were going to fix the board shortage. Demand and activity have only increased since then, but the additional production capacity has paid off and there is now inventory of both the official BeagleBone Black manufactured by CircuitCo and the logo-compliant BeagleBone Black manufactured by Element14 in every major region. In the US, major electronics retailers are stocking BeagleBone Black including a Make-produced getting started kit at Radio Shack and a $39.99 sale at Micro Center for most of this month.

The Year of the Beagle
by Jason Kridner

Mon Dec 15 2014 03:18:09 GMT-0000 (UTC)
2014 has been an amazing year for and BeagleBone Black, the most successful open hardware computer ever invented. I know what you BeagleBone Black on Upverterare thinking; “Jason, didn't that board from the UK outsell BeagleBone Black?” Sure, but that board isn't open hardware: there aren't open source layout files or open source editable schematics and the components in the bill of materials aren't readily available. With boards from, anyone can make them, and if they make enough of them, they can be made at a similar or even lower price point. That's only part of the beauty of open hardware.

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: Open qPCR
by Natalie Nelms

Mon Dec 15 2014 03:15:29 GMT-0000 (UTC)
If you are what you eat, then it’s important to avoid putting pathogens and viruses into your body, right? Nobody wants to be a germ.

BeagleBone Black project spotlight:
Pick ‘n Paste

Tue Nov 25 2014 22:11:56 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Not only man’s best friend, the Pick ‘n Paste is now a maker’s best friend!

CircuitHub launches group buys with build of GamingCape

Sat Nov 15 2014 04:53:52 GMT-0000 (UTC)

BeagleBone Black project spotlight:

Mon Nov 10 2014 15:44:02 GMT-0000 (UTC)
It’s amazing what you can create when you pair a few spare parts lying around and an inventive imagination. In this instance, these ingredients gave birth to BeagleBot – a small test robot for localization algorithms!

BeagleBone Black project spotlight:
Implementing MIL-STD-1553 with three Beagles

Thu Oct 30 2014 16:54:22 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Oh, the places you’ll go when using three BeagleBone Blacks!

BeagleBoard-xM project spotlight:
Sleep Tight

Mon Sep 08 2014 15:17:12 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Picture this: You’re lying in bed, exhausted from a long day of work; your eyelids are heavy, but you’re devoted to finishing the last page of your favorite novel. You conclude the last page, set the book down on your nightstand, get in the perfect sleeping position and then regrettably realize that your bedroom lamp is still on. With a sigh, you get out of your cozy bed and turn off the light, but not after aggressively stubbing your toe on your nightstand on the way back to bed.

Device Tree Overlay Support Lands Upstream

Wed Aug 27 2014 19:46:24 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Pantelis Antoniou originated device tree overlay support for the purpose of enabling dynamic hardware configuration under Linux on devices like BeagleBone that use device tree for hardware configuration. Device tree was introduced to Linux for the purpose of putting the description of hardware into data structures, rather than building it up programmatically, greatly reducing the amount of code required to be maintained within the Linux kernel sources. Until now, the device tree data structure was only processed at boot time and that simply can't work for devices that might change hardware configurations after boot. While many BeagleBone capes can be probed by the bootloader, a common use-case is hardware that is reconfigurable. The most obvious example is a cape with an FPGA on it.

BeagleBone Black project spotlight:

Mon Nov 10 2014 15:40:43 GMT-0000 (UTC)
You don’t have to be a child to play with remote-controlled cars. The BeagleROV is an exciting toy that would bring any adult Maker back to the good ole’ days – except this robot packs a bit more punch than the classic Nascar minis. Powered by the TI Sitara AM335x processor-based BeagleBone Black, the BeagleROV has a multitude of capabilities that are all controlled remotely via the robot’s web application.

BeagleBone Black project spotlight:

Tue Aug 12 2014 19:43:13 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Standing in line for coffee, a commercial break, boiling water – all things that only take a matter of minutes. What if building circuit boards were that easy and time efficient? At New York startup company BotFactory, devices print and assemble electronic circuit boards from your desktop in a matter of minutes. Creating electronic devices has never been easier.

BeagleBone Black project spotlight:
Pocket NC P5

Tue Aug 12 2014 19:45:10 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Computer numerical control (CNC) milling machines have been around for decades. Most are industrial-sized, and are used create everything from the shaped trim on a house to the mechanical components of a space shuttle. Over the last decade, a large do-it-yourself community has emerged giving a new market to CNC milling machines as personal, rather than solely industrial applications.

BeagleBone Black project spotlight blog post: Kuyurix Bus Speakers

Tue Jul 22 2014 16:37:34 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Commuting in a big city is a tough task, especially when public transit and traffic congestion make the process even more difficult. For someone who is blind, finding your way around the city on public transportation in these conditions can seem daunting, or nearly impossible. Marcelo Gutierrez recognized this issue and wanted to do something about it.

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: Barbot

Wed Jul 16 2014 15:32:40 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Ringing a bell, throwing some cash, snapping your fingers and maybe even showing a little extra cleavage have all been used to flag down bartenders. But Sean Carney, creator of Barbot, can catch the attention of his bartender with a quick click of the mouse and a remote Internet connection.

Project Spotlight: Object Record

Wed Jul 02 2014 16:57:37 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Did you know that The New York Times writes itself? No, not the newspaper-but objects at The New York Times R&D Lab have "thoughts" of their own that they journal for our reading pleasure.

Machinekit Meetup

Mon Jun 30 2014 22:19:54 GMT-0000 (UTC)
I just got back from a meetup of Machinekit developers hosted by Tormach, a maker of professional CNC machines. There I got a glimpse into the future of personal CNC machines and 3D printers. Building on the long successful LinuxCNC project, Machinekit has added support for additional platforms, including BeagleBone Black, and additional real-time Linux strategies, including Xenomai and stepper motor driving using the on-board PRU microcontrollers.

BeagleBone project spotlight: CryptoCape

Thu Aug 07 2014 19:07:54 GMT-0000 (UTC)

BeagleBone Black Rev C image update

Wed May 21 2014 18:54:10 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Just a couple of weeks in, we already have our first image update. It doesn't include any major changes, but it should be noted that the LEDs will now turn OFF at the completion of the execution of the eMMC flasher as the board will be shutdown. This avoids any cruft to build up on the uSD card that might cause subsequent uses of that uSD card to flash other boards to be slowed down as the journaling file system is explored. This isn't likely something you need to think about if it sounds confusing----just realize the LEDs will be OFF instead of ON at the end of the flashing operation.

Have no fear; BeagleBone Black Rev C is here!

Thu Aug 07 2014 19:17:49 GMT-0000 (UTC)

Arduino announces Tre beta developer program

Wed May 14 2014 00:13:27 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Arduino Tre is the next-generation Arduino developed in partnership with featuring Arduino ease-of-use and the high-performance, low-power Linux capabilities of BeagleBone. Read their announcement here.

Turn Up The Volume On Your BeagleBone Black

Wed Apr 23 2014 21:08:44 GMT-0000 (UTC)
The SoundsCape adds a codec to the McASP bus for Line In, Line Out, and Headset (microphone in + headphone out). It also adds an HCI Bluetooth 4.0 Module for Bluetooth Audio (A2DP), BT Hands free (HFP), or SPP, with all Bluetooth profiles are supported by the cape.
36 Google Summer of Code 2014 projects

Tue Apr 22 2014 16:39:57 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Yesterday, Google announced the project proposals accepted for this year's Summer of Code! 7 of those projects are being mentored by See the full list of approved projects at

Dude, where's my BeagleBone Black?

Mon Apr 14 2014 05:08:37 GMT-0000 (UTC)
I hear that question a LOT. No, we weren't sleeping, but sometimes it takes a minute for a plan to come together. And don't you love it when a plan comes together?

BeagleBone Black Project Spotlight: Shield I/O

Mon Apr 07 2014 20:51:18 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Some unlikely combinations just seem to work: Oreos and peanut butter, Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott and now Arduino and BeagleBone Black!

Calling all GSoC Mentors

Mon Mar 17 2014 15:46:13 GMT-0000 (UTC)
We are getting great interest from students this year for Google Summer of Code, but we could use a bit of help from our community getting a great feedback on their proposals. I encourage you to engage with them on #beagle-gsoc and the beagleboard-gsoc mailing list even if you don't plan to be a mentor, simply to make the proposals better for the community.

Debian Beta images have been released

Thu Mar 06 2014 03:29:53 GMT-0000 (UTC)
As posted earlier today on the mailing list, the latest BeagleBone Debian beta images are now posted for broader testing at:

BeagleBoard-xM project spotlight:
Fish on Wheels

Wed Mar 05 2014 20:08:14 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Don’t drink and drive, unless you are the driver of today’s featured Beagle project. That is, unless you are... a fish!
42 Mentoring Google Summer of Code

Tue Feb 25 2014 14:46:23 GMT-0000 (UTC) has once again been selected as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code! This means it is time for students and potential mentors to check out the information on the program home page to find out about the program in general and discover the other organizations participating in mentorship this year. Once familiar with the program, you should check out the ideas pages for various organizations, including the ideas page.

BeagleBone Black project spotlight:

Tue Feb 18 2014 17:42:40 GMT-0000 (UTC)
As working professionals, Michael Jones, Jonathan Piat and their team at Valent F(x) know that interfacing with FPGA boards can be a clunky and cumbersome process. With these complexities of electronic design in mind, they strove to devise a more user-friendly, plug-and-play method to, as Michael put it, “make even students and hobbyists smile.”

BeagleBone Black project spotlight:
Rose-Hulman ECE Christmas lights

Tue Feb 11 2014 17:41:45 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Imagine having the ability to personalize your Christmas tree lights. When the holiday is approaching and it’s time for your family tradition of picking a tree, baking cookies, and putting on the garland, lights, ornaments, and big star on top, it seems like there is always something wrong with the lights! A few bulbs have gone out, some are missing, and you find yourself scrambling around trying to find replacements to put in to make sure your tree still shines bright next holiday season.

BeagleBone Black project spotlight:
Robotics Cape by Strawson Design

Mon Feb 03 2014 23:08:50 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Inspiration is not an easy thing to come by, and no one can predict when it will strike. The light bulb suddenly flashes on overhead, and the gears inside your brain start to turn. The excitement of the “Ah ha