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Banana Pro Blueprints

By : Tony Zhang
Book Image

Banana Pro Blueprints

By: Tony Zhang

Overview of this book

This book follows a tactical plan that will guide you through the implementation of Banana Pro and its configurations. You will then learn the various programming languages used with Banana Pi with the help of examples. In no time at all, you’ll be working on a wireless project that implements AirPlay servers, hotspots, and so on. Following this, you’ll develop a retro-style arcade kiosk game. Then we’ll move on to explore the multimedia features of Banana Pro by designing and building an enclosure for it. After this, you’ll learn to build a remote-controlled smart car and we’ll examine how to control a robotic arm. The book will conclude with the creation of a home sensor system that has the ability to expand or shrink to suit any home.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Banana Pro Blueprints
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Configuring software on Banana Pro

We will configure software under the Lubuntu operating system; you can download it from

Installing dependencies

Firstly, we need to make sure that all the software on Banana Pro is of the latest version. The following command will update all the software:

sudo apt-get update

The output of the preceding command should be similar to what is shown in this screenshot:

Then, we can install all the packages we need, as follows:

sudo apt-get install git libudev-dev build-essential qt4-dev-tools

Installing the GrblController software

The GrblController is a G code sender and monitoring and homing tool for GRBL for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems, which is written using the Qt Desktop Framework in C++. We can probably also use linuxCNC to replace GrblController, but here we will use GrblController as the reference.

Firstly, we need to create a new directory as the workspace into which we will download all the packages...