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Cape Contest Entries

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CoolRunner-II CPLD Cape by Andreas Kingback

Adding the power of a CPLD to the BeagleBone. It has an Xilinx CoolRunner-II CPLD with 256 macro cells. (XC2C256-7VQG100C). This cape will add many ways to generate and process digital signals in real time. All signals can be accessed from the P8 and P9 headers of the BeagleBone. If the signal is not already routed on the PCB use a jump wire to route the signal(s).
Geiger Cape by Matt Ranostay

Geiger cape is working design that registers radiation counts from background sources and test sources. BOM cost for the Geiger Cape is well under $60 if you exclude any fancy geiger tubes or bring your own. Everyone in this project contributions: * Matt Ranostay - QA Tester/HW reworker, backup HW design, demo application design, Presentation Giver at ELCE 2012 * Pantelis Antoniou (TI Consultant) - Capebus support added for Geiger Cape * Dimitris Sapountzakis - Primary hardware design There are few board erratas that exist. These mostly have to with protecting users from toasting the beaglebone, and some package sizing. But this is a completely working design with multiple geiger tubes.
Video Output (VGA) & Stereo Audio IO Cape with possible hand assembly by Viral Sachde

Video Output (VGA) & Stereo Audio IO Cape with possible hand assembly Design at : General Features: - Adds Video Output with VGA interface - Audio input and output Stereo interface - No BGA Components (Possibility of hand assembly for DIY freaks) - Simple two layer PCB gerber - If you are developing device driver for random linux kernel (Say Android 2.3.x's linux kernel) , we have devicedbg (open src) program to help you during development:
Solar Energy Beagle Cape by Martin Garcia

The Solar Energy Beagle Cape is a complete solar energy monitoring station. You can power remote sensors, lights, computers, etc. autonomously with clean solar energy. With its built in heavy duty current sensors you can charge any standard 12V or 24V lead acid battery and control the discharge depth for high battery protection. Monitor and customize every variable inside the solar charge controller to better understand how solar energy controllers work and to charge different types of batteries using other types of energy sources. With its dedicated microcontroller, the Solar Energy Beagle Cape performs all the readings and calculations automatically and can be used as a standalone system. It uses only 2 serial pins so you can connect the Cape to your BeagleBone and plug other expansions simultaneously. Use it to become independent of fossil electricity, for educational purposes and just for sustainable fun! ----------------Features: -12/24V automatic detection -Support solar panels 12V or 24V up to 150W (6A max, 10A for 10 sec, estimated values) -Provides 5V up to 1.5A with >90% efficiency -Built in current sensors for accurate input and output power monitoring -Talks to Beagle Bone via Tx4, Rx4, GND, no other pins required -Can be used as a CAPE and as a fully configurable standalone solar charger -PWM output up to 150W @ 24V -4 programmable status LEDs; default is 1 for charging status, 2, 3, 4 for battery charge level -Port for programming new firmwares on dedicated chip (PIC16F) -Output overload and short circuit protection -Protected against reverse polarity -Tactile switch for external direct control
Dual Motor Controller Cape by Paul Tan

Dual Motor HBridge with dual QEI (Quadrature Encoder Interface) cape. In addition, this cape is designed to be stackable and up to 3 Capes can be stacked allowing up to 6 motors to be controlled from a single BeagleBone.
GPS_FM by Marcelo Gutierrez

GPS + I/O Audio F.M + Transmitter cAPE: It's a GPS receiver, F.M transmitter, input and output audio interface. You can hear sound from your speaker or headphone using the jack, and also if you want to listen to that sound on the radio , you can do it with a range of about 20 feet. Additionally, incorporates a GPS module with low power consumption, on-board antenna and high sensitivity.
Replicape by Elias Bakken

Replicape is a 3D printer cape for BeagleBone. Features include: - 5 stepper motors (X, Y, Z, Ext1, Ext2) - 3 high power MOSFETs (PWM controlled) for 2 extruders and 1 HPB. - 3 medium power MOSFETs (PWM controlled) for up to 3 fans. - 3 analog input ports for thermistors. - 3 inputs for end stops (X, Y, Z). - Programmable current limits on steppers motor drivers (SMD). No need to manually adjust a pot meter. - Microstepping individually programmable for each SMD from 1 to 32. - X, Y and Ext 1 SMDs wired to PRUICSS for hard real time operation. - Option for stackable LCD cape.
dotcape by Tim Kelley

dotcape is a Beaglebone sensor and servo control cape. Features - Three axis accelerometer - Three axis gyro - Three axis magnetometer (Magnetic Heading) - Barometric pressure - Differential pressure (Airspeed) - GPS connector - Servo output to 8 servos Project Home:
BeagleBone DMX Cape by Sean McIntyre

With the BeagleBone DMX Cape, your BeagleBone turns into a DMX interface and controller in one! The cape is a cheap, flexible, and robust tool for BeagleBone hackers and developers to create fun, interactive light shows. DMX is the industry standard lighting protocol and used in venues that need light all around the world. Professional lighting setups tend to use expensive DMX interfaces attached to expensive and underutilized computers to control systems that need only a minimal amount of computing power. This cape adds the capability for lighting designers to consider the BeagleBone an option that won't blow their lighting budget. The BeagleBone's capabilities in physical computing and Internet connectivity, combined with the DMX cape, allows for interesting interactive light shows at a low controller and interface cost. Combining the controller and interface into one package reduces the complexity of such setups.
DeviantLCD by Chris Clark

Stick it to standards and bit-bang an LCD interface! This cape features a 240x320 LCD with touchscreen connected to the BeagleBone PRU and GPIOs. Use it when you can't spare the BeagleBone's LCD interface pins for a regular display cape.
CapeWings by Chris Clark

Breaks down cape stacks into a form factor easier to debug without having to keep removing capes. Supports selectively jumpering signals between the BeagleBone and up to three capes. Also allows multiple BeagleBones to be connected together. It's a cape developer's dream!
FPGA LOGI-BONE by Michael Jones

The FPGA LOGI-BONE was designed as member of the FPGA “LOGI” Family series. The FPGA LOGI series is a family of FPGA development boards that seeks to ease FPGA development and unify existing hardware interfaces and platforms. The LOGI-BONE is a high performance low cost FPGA expansion board specifically designed to interface with the Beaglebone as an FPGA cape. The LOGI-BONE meets the requirements of being low cost while maintaining maximum performance. The LOGI-BONE facilitates maximum expansion using standardized interfaces including PMOD modules, SATA devices and Arduino Shields to allow direct plug and play functionality with a diverse amount of available hardware. The PCB was designed using a 4 layer PCB with utmost care taken to length tune and impedance control critical high speed signals. The LOGI-BONE has versatile programming options making it easy to design and program custom FPGA applications.
Blank Canvas Cape by Eric Brombaugh

Blank Canvas Cape is a Beaglebone cape that provides a Xlilinx Spartan 3A FPGA connected to the GPMC bus of the Beaglebone, 24 bits of user I/O, an on-board configuration memory for instant-on configuration, several user LEDs and buttons and SPI + I2C interfaces to the Beaglebone for configuration and control. In addition to the hardware, a user-space application and interface library is available for loading designs into the FPGA and configuration memory, as well as communicating with the FPGA after it is set up. A more detailed description can be found at: file:///home/ericb/KBADC/website/
Energon Cape by Andrew Gillan

Home Branch Circuit Power Meter The project design is based on the Analog ADE7816 with 6 current channels and 1 voltage channel. The design also uses the Analog ADUM5404 and ADUM 1250 in order to provide power and communications isolation between the Beaglebone and cape. This design is a proof of concept with the ambition is to scale the design up to 36-42 current channels in order to monitor mains power and every branch circuit in a home panel. The current design is however very capable for many power monitoring applications without any additional channels.
NanoBone by Chris Clark

A cape connecting all BeagleBone P8/P9 I/Os to the pins of the $89 DE0-Nano FPGA board. Use it to add an FPGA to your BeagleBone project!
FlightCape by Dean Franks

Automatic Pilot and IMU for experimental fixed and rotor wing aircraft. Uses TI Hercules ARM processor for all real-time functions and provides a python or serial interface for the development of advanced flight systems including vision and voice recognition.
Beaglebone-Spartan6 Cape by Michael Magyar

A Xilinx Spartan-6 fpga (XC6LX25) equipped cape connected to the beaglebone over the I2C, SPI, and GPMC lines. The fpga has 24k logic cells and 40 IO lines bought out to play with. For use as a data buffer a 32MB SDRAM is connected to the fpga. The board supplies 5V to the beaglebone, and allows the user to select the voltage on the 40 user accessible fpga IO's. The intention of the board is to be a platform to experiment with fpga co-processors, hardware/software co-design, and the concept of peripherals on demand. The beaglebone will be able to directly configure the fpga at any time. My goal is to get the board and it's software to a point where a software frame work is able to provide both the hardware modules in HDL and the drivers for hardware module use. The user will be able to instantiate the hardware they need, and have the drivers to interface with it. The board coupled with the beaglebone would be an excellent platform for Software Defined Radio, and high speed signal acquisition. I already have thoughts about connecting high speed ADCs over LVDS to the fpga. For speed, the GPMC lines are length matched to within 8mm of each other, including accounting to length differences in the Beaglebone A3 (the only one I have, but can easily change the lengths if needed). Before final release, the fpga IO differential pairs will be matched to ensure the best possible performance. I started this project back in June when looking for an fpga add on board for the beaglebone, similar to what exists for the original beagleboard, the pandaboard, and the Armadeus Project. Finding a few that had no updates for a long time, or weren't available to purchase, I began my own design. 6 months later here is my board. I want to share it with the beagleboard community, and this contest is a great way to do so. All my design files are on git-hub, and I welcome any and all feedback. Video show casing my design to come soon!
StompCape by Matthew Moravec

The BeagleStomp cape is a guitar effects expansion cape for the Beaglebone. It utilizes a TI TLV320AIC3120 audio codec to take input from an instrument, modify the signal using the beaglebone's cortex processor, and then output audio that can be amplified, recorded, or listened to through headphones. The cape also features an MSP430 that processes input signals from switches and buttons to turn effects off and on. There is support for up to 7 stomp switches and 6 knobs. We are developing a slick web interface by modifying the open-source pedalboard.js platform. The goal is to adjust effects in a web browser from any computer connected on a network with the BeagleStomp pedal. We plan to use node.js which allows users to adjust effects in real-time and interact with components connected to a Beaglebone. To see any of the other Beagle product applications myself and Greg Larmore have worked on, head to . Our advisor is Dr. Mark Yoder from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Features: *Audio Inputs: 1/4" connector - for guitar cable *Audio Outputs: 1/4" connector, speaker output *Audio Codec: TI TLV320AIC3120 *I/O Signal Handling: MSP430G2553 - 7 switches, 6 knobs *pedalboard.js implementation *custom stomp switch and knob applications
Epic Cape by Chris Wilson

The Epic Cape is a cape for the BeagleBone that adds an 802.15.4 wireless mesh networking interface.

The Epic Cape uses the open source Epic module ( which allows the cape to act as a compact egress router for low power sensor networks. The Epic module is fully supported by the open source TinyOS ( sensor network operating system and features a complete 6lowpan/RPL IPv6 stack ( that allows transmission of IPv6 Packets over IEEE 802.15.4 networks. The Epic Cape will allow you to develop an 802.15.4 wireless sensor network with IPv6 connectivity to each low power mesh endpoint.

Interacto by Chris Clark

Get your BeagleBone interactive with a triple axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer, plus a 640x480 30fps camera! All sensors are digital and communicate via I2C to the BeagleBone. The camera frames are captured using the PRU.

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