Review of Beaglebone Black

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RoadTest: Beaglebone Black

Author: dl_evans

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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.

Detailed Review:

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 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 ( 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:


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:


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.


-Dustin Evans