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NERP - Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi Message Board › U Can Has BeagleBone Black (but only one).

U Can Has BeagleBone Black (but only one).

Ed B.
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Chicago, IL

NERP is not exclusively Raspberry Pi, the small computer interest group at Pumping Station:One in Chicago.  NERP meets every other Monday at 7pm at Pumping Station:One, 3519 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

The BeagleBone Black is a small single board computer in the same vein as the Raspberry Pi. The two boards are similar in appearance and composition but different in style. Both boards are based on 32-bit ARM-based processors. The Beagle's is more recent and faster. The RPi is designed as a teaching platform that happens to have very nice graphics and video, but not much i/o. The Beagle's graphics are wanting, but it has tons of i/o on the board. The Pi is more polished than the Beagle, in that what's supposed to work usually does. The Beagle is more suited (for the moment) to dirty-fingernails hackers who enjoy hardware for its own sake.

One thing the two boards have in common is that their first manufacturing runs sold out quickly. It's been weeks since there were any BeagleBone Blacks to be had for sale. (People have been hoarding them as OEM parts for their startup projects.) In the last few days, BeagleBone Blacks have been trickling out of CircuitCo's production line. There are about 47,600 boards in the pipe, but you're allowed to buy only one.­ has them now for $45.00 each.

It's time to give the BeagleBone Black another look at NERP. Tonight we'll go over some of the getting started routine, and have a peek under the hood of the Bonescript, the Beagle's Arduino-like programming environment built on Node.js.

Find NERP and Pumping Station:One
and http://pumpingstation...­
Doors open at 6:30pm. The next meeting is April 28th,  2014. NERP is free and open to the public.
Ed Bennett ed @ kinetics and electronics com
Tags: electronics, embedded, NERP, Open Source, raspberry pi, hackerspace, Beagle Bone, Element14, Pumping Station One
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Cedar Rapids, IA
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When I was out in Silicon Valley last month, there were NO BBB to be had. For fun, I asked about them at Radio Shack near me. Turns out they had TWO in stock at the Ottawa store. Granted, they were the Make kits, and sell for ~$90, but it only figures that I'd find them in the black hole of tech known as LaSalle county.
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