RoadTest: Beaglebone Black
Evaluation Type: Independent Products
Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True
What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: Arduino Mega or Raspberry Pi.
What were the biggest problems encountered?: The only problem I had with the BBB was that there are a lot of pins and they only labels are at the beginning and end of each row and that the rows are stacked two back. Following tutorials online, I had to count on the diagram and then count on the BBB what wire went to what pin at times is was frustrating.
First off, thanks to Element 14 for allowing me to do my first ever RoadTest.
The BBB is amazing for how small it is. It's a full blown computer that fits in an Altoids case.
Here are a couple images I got from surfing the web.
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I couldn't get YouTube videos or Vimeo videos to play but pretty much everything else worked. I went to http://www.chromeexperiments.com and a couple of them worked, too. It wasn't very fast but it works.
I've really only used Arduinos before and for my first Python program I didn't want to try anything above my head. I had also been asked about a project that I feel the BeagleBone will be perfect for. I took the push button tutorial from Adafruit (http://learn.adafruit.com/connecting-a-push-button-to-beaglebone-black) and looked up how to launch applications from the command line. After a bit of searching I had my answer.
I wired up the button and when I pushed it, a "Hello World" image popped up on my tv. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByRheHSTD1U
I really enjoyed working with the BeagleBone Black and I'm looking forward to learning more Python and exploring what the BeagleBone can do.
For a really good video about the BeagleBone check out this video I found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wui_wU1AeQc
I hope this helps you when thinking about a BeagleBone Black. If you have any questions please let me know. This is my first review and I wasn't exactly sure what to write about.
Thanks for reading.
Yes, it's yours to keep.
Do you get to keep the item on road test?
Anytime. The community is only as good as its members. I'm not an engineer by any means but I can Google and I'm always looking to learn something new.
Looks like Adafruit has got a temperature sensor working with the BBB
I was in the same boat. New to Element 14 and the BeagleBone Black in general I really didn't want to mess up my first RoadTest. I spent about a month reading and watching videos. I'm hoping the more people get their hands on it the more tutorials there will be.
If you have any more questions just let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.
I was looking into testing this board, but when I went looking for information in how to use it I could hardly find anything. Now that I see all the resources you have found, the BBB looks like an intresting platform to try.