BeagleBoard.org has announced the availability of more than 20 plug-in boards for the widely-adopted BeagleBone Linux computer platform.
Creatively calling the plug-in boards "capes" in reference to the cape worn by a beloved cartoon beagle super hero, the active open source BeagleBoard.org community designed the plug-in boards to foster an even wider range of innovations such as robot motor drivers and sensors that measure location and pressure.
BeagleBone has been widely adopted for its functionality as a credit-card-sized Linux computer that connects with the Internet and runs software such as Android 4.0 and Ubuntu. It provides plenty of I/O and processing power for real-time analysis via the Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI).
"BeagleBone has inspired numerous developers to create a wide variety of innovations from self-teaching electronic education kits to underwater robots," said Clint Cooley, president, CircuitCo. "These cape plug-in boards open up endless possibilities for simplified designs and new innovations. I'm excited to see what developers from the BeagleBoard.org community will create next with their BeagleBones."