Inspiring Students in Slovenia: BeagleBone® Blue Based Micromouse

Maze solving robots are one of the most engaging ways to expose teens to engineering, electronics and coding.  At the University of Ljubljana, the oldest and largest university in Slovenia, high school students are doing exciting work with robotic “mice” based … Continue reading Inspiring Students in Slovenia: BeagleBone® Blue Based Micromouse

Berkeley Students Mentor High School Robotics using BeagleBone® Black

Pioneers in Engineering at UC Berkeley is a student outreach organization passionate that no student should be denied a quality STEM education experience. The university student members promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through an exciting, mentorship-based robotics … Continue reading Berkeley Students Mentor High School Robotics using BeagleBone® Black

Using BeagleBone Blue to build an Autopilot Robot (part 1) – Circuit Cellar article

Hi folks! My name is Pedro Bertoleti and I’m a software engineer from Brazil. The October issue of Circuit Cellar’s magazine came out yesterday (9/18/2018), and I’ve written one of the articles of this issue (Title: “Building an Autopilot Robot (part 1)”, page 16). This article shows the groundwork for reliable  speed estimation based in the accelerometer measurements and uses this speed in a PID controller to make an Autopilot system for a 4-wheel robot. This project uses as development kit the amazing BeagleBone Blue, a board focused on robotics projects usage.   Autopilot Robot – project features   This … Continue reading Using BeagleBone Blue to build an Autopilot Robot (part 1) – Circuit Cellar article

Educator Highlight: Steven F. Barrett, Author, Embedded Systems Educator and Beagle Lover

Steven F. Barrett, professor of ECE and Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Wyoming has been writing educational journal articles and textbooks for use in microcontroller and embedded systems courses for over 13 years.  A prolific and inspired writer, … Continue reading Educator Highlight: Steven F. Barrett, Author, Embedded Systems Educator and Beagle Lover

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: BeagleBot

By Natalie Nelms 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! “After seeing demos of SLAM at home brew robotics society meetings, along with people using Kinects as cheap lidars, I was hooked on robot localization,” explained BeagleBot’s creator Nathaniel Lewis on the origins of this project. “I wanted to learn everything I could about these algorithms and I needed a test platform. So, I took parts I had laying around the … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: BeagleBot

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: BeagleROV

By Natalie Nelms 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. In addition to the vehicle’s remotely controlled technology, the BeagleROV includes the following features: • Wi-Fi access to the web app with an adhoc Wi-Fi network • … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: BeagleROV

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: Squink

By Natalie Nelms 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. While attending the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, BotFactory co-founders, Carlos Ospina and Nicolas Vansnick, were presented with the challenge to design, assemble and test a basic EEG system in their bio-electronics class. While the design of the … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: Squink

BeagleBoard-xM project spotlight: Fish on Wheels

By Tara Stratton Don’t drink and drive, unless you are the driver of today’s featured Beagle project. That is, unless you are… a fish! Goldfish can now explore the world beyond the limits of the tank with Fish on Wheels, a robotic car from Studio diip, a design shop in the Netherlands. Fish on Wheels has made a splash (pun intended!) in publications from Discovery and Popular Science to Hackaday and Geek.com, receiving popular acclaim from people who wanted their own goldfish at home to be able to put the pedal to the metal. Image credit: Studio diip As the … Continue reading BeagleBoard-xM project spotlight: Fish on Wheels

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: The Lasersaur

By Tara Stratton Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hachenberger, co-founders of NORDT Labs, have many secret talents. Addie can bake some mean chocolate chip cookies at 15,000+ feet in high winds on a mountain, and she can open a beer bottle with just about anything (like a lighter) thanks to Becky Stern. Stefan, on the other hand, makes the best kiserschmann in Austria, according to Addie. But their most recent project—the Lasersaur—shows their best talent yet. The Lasersaur is an open source laser cutter. With CAD drawings, circuit schematics, software and a bill of materials available from NORTD Labs, end users … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: The Lasersaur

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: OpenROV

By Tara Stratton Whether you want to explore the seas for science and education, “snorkel” for fish and coral without getting wet, or hunt for buried treasure in unexplored seas, OpenROV is something you need to check out! David Lang and Eric Stackpole created OpenROV—an underwater robot that can be controlled with a laptop—in a garage in Cupertino, Calif. with the goal of exploring an underwater cave. After finding a global community of co-developers on Kickstarter, the project evolved, developing into a global community of DIY ocean explorers who are using and improving the OpenROV design. The community gathers everyone … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: OpenROV

BeagleBone Black project spotlight: BBot robot

By Tara Stratton What’s your perfect vacation? Mine involves sitting out by the pool under the sun as people deliver me ice-cold drinks. Andy Gikling seems to have a similar dream, and he figured out a way to live the good life every weekend—by developing the BBot robot! The BBot is an open source, remote-controlled drink serving robot. This “cooler camel” puts a cooler on a mini trailer and delivers drinks to people at the pool. As Andy put it, “Why not have a robot go get the drinks? It’s 2013 people!” And with the ability to haul 30-40 lbs, … Continue reading BeagleBone Black project spotlight: BBot robot