Tech Tuesday – BeagleBone Green
While Raspberry Pi has become something of a posterboy for DIY projects, homemade arcades, PC’s and much more, Seeed Studio makes another versatile board that’s something of an…underdog. Seeed Studio’s BeagleBone Green (BBG) and BeagleBone Green Wireless are similar in concept to the Raspberry Pi, and in fact can be used just as creatively in similar and different types of projects. One of the key difference between the Raspberry Pi and the BeagleBone Green is that the BBG is open source, which means you can access the schematics and make your own custom board whereas the Raspberry Pi requires a license to make custom boards with. The BeagleBoard is also not intended as a personal computer whereas the Pi can be used as one if desired. This article can help you decide if BeagleBoard Green will be right for your intended use, and to help with customization, you can take a look at the schematics.
Once you decide that a BeagleBone Green is right for you, there are still a few more things to consider. The first thing you might want is a case to protect it from the elements. You might also note that the BBG is a bit picky about power so make sure to get the right kind of power supply. It would probably also be of use to learn a bit of Linux (Debian) and also some Python as doing this will give you the most control over your project. This list will help you avoid some common pitfalls.
Some projects you can make with the BeagleBone Green are an Alexa-like assistant (that presumably doesn’t spy on you), an MP3 player, a home automation system, haptic neurohacking, and probably the best thing, a homemade Super Nintendo, which seems to play games across various platforms including NES and GBA. You can find more projects here, and some of the featured projects are drones or other RC projects, a treadmill workstation and many more.
Like the Pi, the BBG can be easily assembled. This particular video shows the assembly of a home control center, though some setups may be less professional. Whatever project you do, you’ll be able to add your own flare to it and configure to your exact needs.
BeagleBone Green is an exciting little kit that will help you customize your life with technology, so be sure to have a go at it. Share any projects you’ve made with us on Facebook and Instagram, we’d love to see it!