I love the internet service Pandora Radio, so I decided to make a need little radio. Instructions on how to make your own (coming soon) at the links below. Inside is a Beagleboard running Ubuntu 12.4, using the CLI Pandora client Pianobar. A PIC24 microcontroller takes care of the buttons and LCD. It took about 8 months from conception to the completion of the project, but it was a ton of fun, and frustration, along the way. I was inspired by the Wifi Radio at MightyOhm to make something a bit more challenging. Enjoy.
Check out the links below.
http://www.engscope.com/pandorabar/ – project homepage and instructions
http://6xq.net/projects/pianobar/ – Pianobar homepage, a CLI Pandora client for linux
http://beagleboard.org/ – Beagleboard homepage
http://mightyohm.com/blog/2008/10/building-a-wifi-radio-part-1-introduction/ – Original Wifi Radio source
BeagleBone Black gains $50 4.3-inch cap touchscreen Cape
BeagleBone Black Wireless speeds development
With regards to development boards, it’s not only about the Arduino and Raspberry Pi. The TI-friendly BeagleBone is there in the mix, too, competing for your focus
Which is a valid reason to spotlight some developments around the BeagleBone Black single-board PC: there’s the new version and 2 new Capes from the BeagleBone team.
As well as the BeagleBone Black Wireless (down below), moreover, there are 2 fresh ‘cape’ add-on boards for the current BeagleBone Black.
BeagleBone Black Wireless
To begin with the BeagleBone Black Wireless, which is essentially a BeagleBone Black with in-built 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth. It’s going after in the route of the Raspberry Pi 3 by building in Wi-Fi support to shorten wireless communications.
Its engine is the Texas Instruments Sitara AM3358 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8
“Similar to the BeagleBone Black, the wireless maintains HDMI output, serial debug port, PC USB interface, USB 2.0 host, reset and power control keys, and brings 2 more status Led lamps for WiFi and also Bluetooth,” explains BeagleBone.org.
“As well preserved is the 4GB of on board eMMC memory with Debian Linux preinstalled, enabling the BeagleBone Wireless to boot in approximately 10 seconds and have you developing on your internet browser in lower than Five min’s utilizing just a single USB cable.”
You will see the specifics of the board by expanding the photograph in this article, and a data sheet is below for download.
Keep in mind that it marks the introduction of the Octavo OSD3358 SiP, including BeagleBone functionality into one BGA package.
Go look at its capabilities and benefits with this url http://www.mouser.com/new/octavo-systems/octavo-systems-osd335-sip/
Provided that we’re dealing with visa card-measurements peices of kit, space is to be made for additional features. It implies this particular BeagleBone has misplaced its 10/100 Ethernet port, generating space for a TI WL1835 WiLink wifi interface.
The whole specifications:
:: AM335x 1Gigahertz ARM Cortex-A8
:: SGX530 graphics accelerator
:: NEON floating-point accelerator
:: 2x PRU 32bit 200MHz micro-controllers
:: WiLink 1835 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi, Wireless bluetooth, and also Bluetooth Smart Module
:: USB client: power, debug and device
:: USB host
:: Micro HDMI output
:: 2x 46 pin headers
:: 512Megabyte DDR3 800Megahertz RAM
:: 4GB Included eMMC Flash with Debian Linux Distribution pre-installed
:: micro sd card Slot
Software Match ups
:: Cloud9 IDE on Node.js w/ BoneScript library
And lastly the the 2 new capes…
Wireless Cape add-on
Be aware that the new Wireless Cape takes BeagleBone Black above the functionality of BeagleBone Black Wireless, explains Steve Bush in his news piece about the release. It is based on Texas Instruments WiLink 8 (WL1837) industrial dual-band (2.4GHz as well as 5Gigahertz), 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, BT and Bluetooth Smart (otherwise known as BT LE), which furthermore has Zigbee & NFC.
The cape occurs with Debian Linux Distribution pre-installed and 4GB of on-ship eMMC Flash memory. “Designers may be developing employing their internet browser in fewer than Five min’s utilizing a single USB cable,” said Farnell.
Display cape add-on
Don’t forget there’s yet another Display cape add-on sold. It includes connections for a 4.3in. color touch screen an LED backlight and capacitive overlay “for a mobile-like interface”.
The cape concentrates on interactive projects, embedded systems and stand-alone installs.
Cost is approximately ￡55 for the BeagleBone Black Wireless, ￡35 for the display cape add-on in addition ￡44 for the wireless cape add-on .
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BeagleBone Black Wireless Starter Kit- Contains : BeagleBone Black Wireless With WiFi and Bluetooth–Clear Case–Power Supply–Micro USB Cable