EW: BeagleBone Blue is a maker robotics design kit

BeagleBone Blue, the development platform for robotics and autonomous vehicles is shipping through distributors – Farnell element14, Arrow and Mouser.

BeagleBone Blue

BeagleBone Blue

Built around the BeagleBone open hardware maker computer, it has a set of peripherals suited for building mobile robots.

The onboard 9-axis inertial measurement unit and barometer enable the development of self-aligning and orientating robotics, whether grounded or air borne, all directed with the support of on-board 802.11/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1/BLE wireless technology.

Also there are four dc motor drivers, eight servo interfaces and four quadrature encoder inputs.

BeagleBone Blue uses an Octavo Systems OSD3358 System-in-Package device which includes a TI AM3358 1-GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU with 512MB DDR3 RAM, 4GB 8-bit on-board flash storage and power management.

BeagleBone Blue MouserThe TI AM3358 is notable for having two 32-bit programmable real-time units (PRUs) running at 200MHz, which is useful for application in robotics.

Claire Doyle from Premier Farnell, writes:

“This new product opens up new horizons, enabling makers and students with skills of all levels to have a go at creating their own robots or droids.  Built specifically for use in the development of robotics, it’s easy to get started creating projects – either for fun or with a real world purpose in mind.”

Mouser is also stocking BeagleBone Blue.


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