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30 BeagleBone Black Projects for the Evil Genius by Christopher Rush

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CHAPTER 1

Getting Started

 

LIKE MANY MAKERS, I had started out making electronics using the Arduino and BASIC stamp microcontroller boards. Since then, I have transitioned onto using many other boards such as Freescale 8/16bit, MSP430 chipset boards, Digilent Chipkit, and Raspberry Pi. Although these boards are great, I always found myself wanting more—there was always something lacking in their features or they were not cost effective for my projects.

I heard about the Beagleboard and BeagleBone a while back, but it didn’t grab my attention at the time, with no video output and a heavy price tag of $100–$150. When I read a press release from CircuitCo about a new BeagleBone Black, I thought it was too good to be true: the specification was ...

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