Learning BeagleBone Python Programming

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  • Set up BeagleBone Black for development with the PyBBIO and Adafruit_BBIO Python libraries
  • Understand how each of BeagleBone Black's hardware interface subsystems work
  • Connect many different types of hardware to BeagleBone Black
  • Use Python code to control and communicate with external hardware
  • Write programs that interact with the physical world around you

BeagleBone is a barebone computer that can be configured and customized for different applications and is almost half the price of a standard computer. This book will cover the basics of how BeagleBone Black's hardware interface subsystems work, and can be controlled using two popular Python libraries for BeagleBone Black. You will be introduced to BeagleBone Black's GPIO, PWM, ADC, UART, SPI, I2C, and eQEP subsystems. We will then dive deep into more complex built-in peripherals, demonstrating different ways to receive input from a user including buttons, potentiometers, and rotary encoders with the eQEP module. We will also learn about interfacing with external devices; this will be demonstrated using the serial modules to interface with external devices such as temperature sensors and accelerometers. Towards the end of the book, we will present a couple of real-world problems and demonstrate how to solve them with the skills you've acquired.

  • Configure and customize your BeagleBone to seamlessly connect it to external hardware using Python
  • Learn to write programs that interface with the real world using GPIO ports
  • Clear and step-by-step examples, complete with component lists, circuit diagrams, and Python code
Page Count 196
Course Length 5 hours 52 minutes
ISBN 9781784399702
Date Of Publication 13 Jul 2015


Alexander Hiam

Alexander Hiam is a freelance embedded systems designer. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science (embedded systems) from Marlboro College. He is the sole proprietor of Gray Cat Labs, where he has been doing contract software and hardware development since 2012.

Alex developed and actively maintains the PyBBIO Python library for BeagleBone. He has designed BeagleBone Capes professionally for clients, and he also actively contributes to the BeagleBone community by helping provide support on the mailing list and IRC channel and mentoring for the BeagleBoard.org organization during Google Summer of Code.