A robot project reportedly has won the first monthly design contest sponsored by BeagleBoard.org. The site promotes the Beagle Board, a low-cost, fanless, single-board computer (SBC) based on a TI OMAP applications processor..
Antti Seppanen’s BeagleBot is a small, experimental robot with a Beagle Board brain. Some of the robot’s functions, such as avoiding collisions using an ultrasonic range sensor, will be autonomous. Detailed information about the BeagleBot’s design — including electronics, mechanical components, and Linux-based software — is freely available online.
The Beagle Board SBC is based on a low-power TI OMAP3530 applications processor, which features a 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 core. The 3 x 3-inch SBC includes 128MB RAM and 128MB flash memory soldered on-board, and can be powered by its USB port. The board’s I/O ports include:
- USB 2.0 with OTG (on-the-go) support
- Stereo audio in/out
- S-Video and DVI-D ports
- Serial port
- JTAG port
- MMC+/SD/SDIO slot
The Beagle Board can be purchased for $149 from Digi-Key.
Complete details on the BeagleBot — including its electronics, mechanical components, and Linux-based software — are available on the project’s website. There’s also an interesting article about the project at LinuxDevices.com.