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BeagleBone Robotic Projects

By : Richard Grimmett
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BeagleBone Robotic Projects

By: Richard Grimmett

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
BeagleBone Robotic Projects
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Mission briefing

In this chapter, you'll add a USB webcam to your system. Having the standard USB interface on your board opens a wide range of amazing possibilities. On top of that, there are several amazing open-source libraries. These offer complex capabilities that you can use in your projects without spending months coding them.

Why is it awesome?

Vision will open a set of possibilities for your project. These can range from simple motion detection to advanced capabilities such as facial recognition, object identification, and even object tracking. The robot can also use vision to detect its surroundings and avoid obstacles.

Your objectives

In this chapter we will cover:

  • Connecting your USB camera to your BeagleBone Black and viewing the images

  • Downloading and installing OpenCV, a full-featured vision library

  • Using the vision library to detect colored objects


Downloading the example code and colored images

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