BeagleBone Robotic Projects

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  • Unbox, power up, and configure the BeagleBone black with Ubuntu.
  • Install speech recognition software to issue voice commands to your projects.
  • Set up a webcam and a computer vision toolkit for distinguishing objects.
  • Communicate with external motors to enable you robotics projects to move in a variety of ways.
  • Process audio signals like music or other sounds.
  • Add GPS capability to your system so it will know where it is.
  • Use the building blocks you have learned to create complex robotic projects that can combine all of these features and more.

Thanks to new, inexpensive microcontrollers, robotics has become far more accessible than it was in the past. These microcontrollers provide a whole new set of capabilities to allow even the most inexperienced users to make amazingly complicated projects. Beaglebone is effectively a small, light, cheap computer in a similar vein to Raspberry Pi and Arduino. It has all of the extensibility of today's desktop machines, but without the bulk, expense, or noise. This project guide provides step-by-step instructions to allow anyone to use this new, low cost platform in some fascinating robotics projects. By the time you are finished, your projects will be able to see, speak, listen, detect their surroundings, and move in a variety of amazing ways. The book begins with unpacking and powering up the components.This will include guidance on what to purchase and how to connect it all successfully–and a primer on programming the BeagleBone Black. Chapter by chapter, we will add additional software functionality available from the open source community, including how to make the system see using a webcam, how to hear using a microphone, and how to speak using a speaker. We then add hardware to make your robots move–including wheeled and legged examples–as well as covering how to add sonar sensors to avoid or find objects, plus wireless control to make your robot truly autonomous. Adding GPS allows the robot to find itself. Finally the book covers how to integrate all of this functionality so that it can all work together, before developing the most impressive robotics projects: those that can sail, fly, and explore underwater.

  • Get to grips with robotic systems.
  • Communicate with your robot and teach it to detect and respond to its environment.
  • Develop walking, rolling, swimming, and flying robots.
Page Count 244
Course Length 7 hours 19 minutes
ISBN 9781783559329
Date Of Publication 26 Dec 2013


Dr. Richard Grimmett

Dr. Richard Grimmett has been fascinated by computers and electronics from his very first programming project, which used Fortran on punch cards. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and a PhD in leadership studies. He also has 26 years of experience in the radar and telecommunications industries, and even has one of the original brick phones. He now teaches computer science and electrical engineering at Brigham Young University, Idaho, where his office is filled with his many robotics projects.