BeagleBone Robotic Projects - Second Edition

Exciting new capabilities to enable even easier DIY robotics with BeagleBone Blue

BeagleBone Robotic Projects - Second Edition

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Dr. Richard Grimmett

Exciting new capabilities to enable even easier DIY robotics with BeagleBone Blue
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Book Details

ISBN 139781788293136
Paperback230 pages

Book Description

BeagleBone Blue 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 that enable 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 includes guidance on what to purchase and how to connect it all successfully, and a primer on programming the BeagleBone Blue. You will add additional software functionality available from the open source community, including making the system see using a webcam, hear using a microphone, and speak using a speaker.

You will then learn to use the new hardware capability of the BeagleBone Blue to make your robots move, as well as discover how to add sonar sensors to avoid or find objects. Later, you will learn to remotely control your robot through iOS and Android devices. At the end of this book, you will see how to integrate all of these functionalities to work together, before developing the most impressive robotics projects: Drone and Submarine.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with the BeagleBone Blue
Powering up and connecting to the BeagleBone Blue
Accessing the operating system
Accessing the BeagleBone Blue remotely via WLAN
Summary
Chapter 2: Programming the BeagleBone Blue
Basic Linux commands showing how to navigate around the filesystem on the BeagleBone Blue
Creating, editing, and saving files on the BeagleBone Blue
Creating and running Python programs on the BeagleBone Blue
Some basic programming constructs on the BeagleBone Blue
A brief introduction to the C programming language
Summary
Chapter 3: Making the Unit Mobile - Controlling Wheeled Movement
Getting started
Controlling your mobile platform programmatically using the BeagleBone Blue
Accessing the compass on the BeagleBone Blue
Summary
Chapter 4: Avoiding Obstacles Using Sensors
Different types of sensors used
Connecting a sonar sensor to an Arduino
Creating an array of sensors
Dynamic path planning with your mobile platform
Summary
Chapter 5: Allowing Our BeagleBone Blue to See
Connecting your USB camera to your BeagleBone Blue and viewing the images
Downloading and installing OpenCV, a fully featured vision library
Using the vision library to detect colored objects
Summary
Chapter 6: Providing Speech Input and Output
Hardware prerequisites
Connecting the hardware and making an input sound
Using eSpeak to allow our projects to respond in a robot voice
Using Pocketsphinx to interpret your voice commands
Providing the capability to interpret your commands and have your robot initiate action
Summary
Chapter 7: Making the Unit Very Mobile - Controlling Legged Movement
Connecting the BeagleBone Blue to your mobile platform
Creating a Linux program to control your mobile platform
Making your mobile platform truly mobile by issuing voice commands
Summary
Chapter 8: Using a GPS Receiver to Locate Your Robot
Connecting the BeagleBone Blue to a GPS device
Accessing the GPS programmatically and determining how to move to a location
Summary
Chapter 9: By Land, By Sea, By Air
The BeagleBone Blue and robots that can sail
BeagleBone Blue and robots that can fly
The BeagleBone Blue in robots that can go under the water
Summary
Chapter 10: System Dynamics
Controlling your robot via a game pad controller
Controlling your robot via a web interface
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Power on and configure the BeagleBone Blue
  • Get to know Simple programming techniques to enable the unique hardware capabilities of the BeagleBone Blue.
  • Connect standard hardware to enable your projects to see, speak, hear, and move
  • Build advanced capabilities into your projects, such as GPS and sonar sensors
  • Build complex projects that can fly, or go under or on the water

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with the BeagleBone Blue
Powering up and connecting to the BeagleBone Blue
Accessing the operating system
Accessing the BeagleBone Blue remotely via WLAN
Summary
Chapter 2: Programming the BeagleBone Blue
Basic Linux commands showing how to navigate around the filesystem on the BeagleBone Blue
Creating, editing, and saving files on the BeagleBone Blue
Creating and running Python programs on the BeagleBone Blue
Some basic programming constructs on the BeagleBone Blue
A brief introduction to the C programming language
Summary
Chapter 3: Making the Unit Mobile - Controlling Wheeled Movement
Getting started
Controlling your mobile platform programmatically using the BeagleBone Blue
Accessing the compass on the BeagleBone Blue
Summary
Chapter 4: Avoiding Obstacles Using Sensors
Different types of sensors used
Connecting a sonar sensor to an Arduino
Creating an array of sensors
Dynamic path planning with your mobile platform
Summary
Chapter 5: Allowing Our BeagleBone Blue to See
Connecting your USB camera to your BeagleBone Blue and viewing the images
Downloading and installing OpenCV, a fully featured vision library
Using the vision library to detect colored objects
Summary
Chapter 6: Providing Speech Input and Output
Hardware prerequisites
Connecting the hardware and making an input sound
Using eSpeak to allow our projects to respond in a robot voice
Using Pocketsphinx to interpret your voice commands
Providing the capability to interpret your commands and have your robot initiate action
Summary
Chapter 7: Making the Unit Very Mobile - Controlling Legged Movement
Connecting the BeagleBone Blue to your mobile platform
Creating a Linux program to control your mobile platform
Making your mobile platform truly mobile by issuing voice commands
Summary
Chapter 8: Using a GPS Receiver to Locate Your Robot
Connecting the BeagleBone Blue to a GPS device
Accessing the GPS programmatically and determining how to move to a location
Summary
Chapter 9: By Land, By Sea, By Air
The BeagleBone Blue and robots that can sail
BeagleBone Blue and robots that can fly
The BeagleBone Blue in robots that can go under the water
Summary
Chapter 10: System Dynamics
Controlling your robot via a game pad controller
Controlling your robot via a web interface
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781788293136
Paperback230 pages
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