Unleash the Beaglebone Black

Are you an engineer, artist, hacker, or an inventor looking to add sophisticated electronics to your projects? Leave your Raspberry Pi at home and come and learn about the new development platform called the BeagleBone Black. We will discuss the hardware features, evaluate the different software options, explore how to get started on real hardware, and meet other people to collaborate with. For the best experience during this event, please bring a computer with one usb port.  

 

 

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  • Jason H.

    Hello, I scheduled a meetup for next week on the Beaglebone Black. If you have questions you want discussed, please let me know. Phillip has a lot of great feedback, Phillip, anything specific you want discussed? http://www.meetup.com/Milwaukee-Tech-Engine/events/137126622/

    August 28, 2013

    • Philip G.

      Thank you. I have a long and growing list of questions that I'm working through. Right now most of them have to do with the architecture of Angstrom/Linux.

      I haven't even gotten around to setting up a development environment yet. I'd like to know more about (cross) development tools.

      But I'm also interested in what everyone else is doing or would like to do.

      September 1, 2013

  • Philip G.

    Just wasted 3 increasingly frustrating days getting something...anything to boot from the microSD drive. Much thanks to Mark A. Yoder for posting this solution: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/beagleboard/beaglebone-black/NXA-IaXDLrk

    TLDR: Don't use (the common hex) metal standoffs on the BBB.

    August 25, 2013

  • Philip G.

    Still waiting for my SD card. But I'm anxious to try using opkg to upgrade at least the bonescript package, so I backed up the BBB's eMMC drive via the USB link. I put instructions on the message board in case anyone is interested.

    August 13, 2013

    • Jason H.

      The end goal to use the network to boot from is to modify the uboot parameters. A lot of the tutorials for Debian and Ubuntu have the same steps for what you would do for Angstrom. I personally don't write a lot of code, but get frustrated with NFS over to my linux machine. I often times just use an SD card or USB stick to transfer my program files over to run and test on the BeagleBone Black.

      August 14, 2013

    • Philip G.

      Ok. I thought I'd give it a try. I hoped uboot setup might be the same for all the distros, but didn't want to assume. Thanks for the link - I'm checking it out now.

      August 15, 2013

  • Jason H.

    And the winner of the Beaglebone is Philip Goembel. Congratulations Philip and thanks everyone for submitting their ideas! Philip please email me ([masked]) your address and I will ship you your Beaglebone. The winning idea was the MAME based video arcade machine. If you want help in building this, I am interested.

    1 · August 2, 2013

    • Philip G.

      Well, knowing how USB works is a piece of the puzzle, but that document doesn't go very far in explaining how your Mac automagically hooks up with the BBB.

      Here are just some of the things I think would be good to know for developing BBB USB and internet devices:

      -Why do you have to install multiple drivers on OS X and MS Windows, but not Linux?
      -Why do you need multiple drivers for one physical USB device?
      -How do OS X, MS Windows, and Linux recognize a new USB device and know which drivers to use?
      -Once the new network interface is recognized, how does IP configuration happen (that's where my netbook config failed)?
      -What happens if you are already on a network at 192.168.7.*?
      -What happens if I plug two BBBs into my PC?
      -Is the IP info hardcoded into the BBB, or does it look for a DHCP server?

      August 11, 2013

    • Philip G.

      Oops, hit return too soon. I'm not just directing these questions to you, Lori. I'm working on answering all of these questions myself and would be glad to share what I find, if anyone's interested (maybe I'm the only one who doesn't already know all of these things).

      August 11, 2013

  • Jason H.

    Does anyone want to do a follow on meetup on the Beaglebone? It would be more informal where we talk about project ideas and collaborate on ways to get things done.

    August 2, 2013

    • Chris O

      I would definitely be interested!

      August 3, 2013

    • Philip G.

      Certainly!

      August 5, 2013

  • Lori M.

    I got my BBB today! Unfortunately I was too wiped out from yard work to do anything more than open the box and oogle it.

    July 22, 2013

    • Lori M.

      Oops, no micro sd card, could have sworn I had one.

      July 26, 2013

  • Philip G.

    Ideas (just brain-storming):
    1) Animatronic alarm clock (This idea started out as a project to build an animated elephant alarm clock for my wife)

    1a) Animatronic Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant (http://goo.gl/WFswg) (heck - why not?)

    2) Dalek Personal Life Coach Automaton (like this, only more frightening: http://goo.gl/s68JF)

    3) Portable Video Arcade (MAME-based) or Retro Game Console (MESS-based)

    4) Low cost instrument with some combination of Digital Oscilloscope, Logic Analyzer, Spectrum Analyzer (Not a new idea, really. But something I'd like to work on/need. E.g. http://goo.gl/VvQqj[dead?], http://goo.gl/0ioHE)

    5) Port Minix3 to BBB/ARM. This is already a project, but I see potential for implementing embedded applications in environments that require high-reliability and fault tolerance, like medical devices.

    Partway through typing the above, I discovered this contest site: http://goo.gl/qSrn2, which already had some of my ideas (thieves!). Oh well.

    July 19, 2013

  • Jason H.

    Idea: Let's use the Beaglebone to build a webcam that we can record our meetups with for archiving later. This would involve a wifi cape and audio cape attachment.

    July 19, 2013

  • Jason H.

    Had to continue my post from below:

    3.) How do I know what PINS are supported where? It is best if you are doing a custom hardware design to use the PIN mux utility http://www.ti.com/tool/pinmuxtool . Please keep in mind that there are already pin mux features built for the pins that are mapped out electrically on the Beaglebone Black. 4.) Toggling GPIO was fun but how do I use I2C/SPI. Check out this tutorial for I2C: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C2zk6B-eLU For SPI this one works: http://www.gigamegablog.com/2012/09/09/beaglebone-coding-101-spi-output/ Happy Coding! Please submit your ideas and feedback!

    July 19, 2013

  • Jason H.

    Here are the answers from the questions answered at the meetup. In terms of posting ideas, this is the place to do that. We hope to select a winner soon so we can send you a BeagleBone Black to get started on your project, so please submit ideas. We hope to compile the ideas and archive for reference later.

    And now to the questions:
    1.) Is there hardware video encoding/decoding on the BeagleBone Black - Short answer is no. The SGX core does not support video decode in hardware. However people have done some MPEG1/2 decodes in software on the device.

    2.) PRU documentation. The PRU is that small RISC engine. Check out this github to see examples: https://github.com/beagleboard/am335x_pru_package Some people have already documented on how to play with the PRU: http://blog.boxysean.com/2012/08/12/first-steps-with-the-beaglebone-pru/

    July 19, 2013

  • Lori M.

    Just ordered mine! :bounce bounce:

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Philip G.

    Well, Google dropped support for my version of Ubuntu, so I was only able to install version[masked] (not the most recent). I guess we'll see how it goes.

    July 17, 2013

    • Philip G.

      Thanks. I guess I'll have to get one and play with it. I didn't want to slow down the presentation, so I ended up just looking over someone else's shoulder. The browser-based tools are interesting, but I figure I'll probably end up secure shell and maybe a VNC desktop.

      July 18, 2013

    • Chris O

      Cloud9 is pretty nice, but for the rest of the tools you will be much happier going that route.

      July 18, 2013

  • Chris O

    Met some nice, smart people, had a good time!

    July 18, 2013

  • Theron K.

    I got what I thought I would get form this meetup. However, I was hoping for more detailed information. That said, this was a great opportunity to see who else in the MKE area are interested in the BeagleBone and to network with like-minded folks! For a first steps to eagleBone this was more than adequate! Thanx for getting the ball rolling on this exciting platform and now all we have to do is to keep working on doing really cool, challenging and earth-shattering stuff with it! Also, the free beer and pizza was a really nice addition to the evening!

    July 18, 2013

  • paul

    Where are we supposed to put up our ideas for the Beaglebone Black? I'm not sure where to enter.

    July 18, 2013

  • Dave W.

    Working late; bummed to miss this. Hope it goes well.

    July 17, 2013

  • Philip G.

    I'm running Linux/Ubuntu. I'll install Chrome; maybe my son will get off my back then. <grinning>

    July 17, 2013

  • Shareef

    Glad I can finally make one of these events. Looking forward to it.

    July 17, 2013

  • Rafael S.

    MiKE (http://innovationinmilwaukee.com/) is sponsoring Pizza and Beer for this event. Thank you MiKE!

    July 17, 2013

  • Jason H.

    I was struggling with Firefox during my testing of the boards. This may be a nonissue for you. Philip if you are using windows then there is a browser built on the board that you can use.

    July 17, 2013

  • Philip G.

    Why the preference for Chrome? I could install it before the meetup, if it makes that much of a difference (using Firefox right now).

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    beep

    July 16, 2013

  • Jason H.

    Jesse, all we will need is a USB A port on your computer with access to a web browser (preferrably Chrome). I don't have a Windows 8 machine to test.

    July 15, 2013

  • Jason H.

    Matt, if you have BeagleBone Blacks that would be great. The earlier revisions won't work for the hands on portion.

    July 15, 2013

  • Jesse H.

    The most portable computer I have with USB is Windows 8. Will that work, or should I bring an older laptop with a shot battery but Windows 7 or Linux?

    July 15, 2013

  • Matt M.

    Should we try to bring Beaglebone Blacks? If so, would the earlier revisions work too? Thanks!

    July 15, 2013

  • Meshari

    I'm coming

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beaglebone Black huh? Sounds intriguing. Looking forward to it

    July 4, 2013

  • Jason H.

    Can't wait to see the interest in Milwaukee for the BeagleBone Black!

    June 27, 2013

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