Making robots and 3D printers just got easier with the winning submissions from BeagleBoard.org's BeagleBone Cape Plug-in Board

  Making robots and 3D printers just got easier with the winning submissions
     from BeagleBoard.org's BeagleBone Cape Plug-in Board Design Contest

- The BeagleBone Cape Plug-in Board Design Contest gave developers and
hobbyists two months to design an original cape plug-in board. The winning
capes are: Replicape for 3D printers; Interacto providing a foundation for
building robots and flying drones; and Geiger Cape, which measures radiation
counts.

- All three capes will be produced and sold through Circuitco Electronics.

- BeagleBone eliminates barriers with development on a one-of-a-kind,
credit-card-sized Linux computer platform based on TI's Sitara™ AM335x ARM®
Cortex™-A8 processors that runs Android 4.1.2 and Ubuntu operating systems.
Capes allow hobbyists to quickly and easily enhance the sensors, actuators and
interfaces available on the BeagleBone development platform.

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Feb. 1, 2013

DALLAS, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, BeagleBoard.org announced the
winners of the BeagleBone Cape Plug-in Board Design Contest, which invited
developers, students, makers and hobbyists worldwide to create innovative new
expansion boards or "capes". Made specifically for BeagleBone, a
credit-card-sized Linux computer that connects with the Internet and runs
software such as Android 4.1.2 and Ubuntu, capes allow hobbyists to quickly
and easily enhance the sensors, actuators and interfaces available on the
BeagleBone development platform. After receiving an overwhelming response,
three contest winners were selected: Chris Clark, inventor of Interacto, a
cape that provides a foundation for building robots and flying drones; Elias
Bakken, creator of Replicape, a cape that functions as a 3D printer for
BeagleBone and Matt Ranostay, designer of the Geiger Cape that registers
radiation counts from background sources. The winners will each receive a
$1,000 cash prize from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) and Mouser,
protocol analyzer tools and other prizes from Total Phase. Circuitco
Electronics will also produce and sell these original cape plug-in board
designs. Cape plug-in boards such as these offer developers a new starting
point for their innovative projects.

Today, thousands of designers, makers, hobbyists and engineers like Ranostay,
Bakken and Clark have adopted BeagleBone for its one-of-a-kind functionality
as well as its I/O and processing power for real-time analysis provided by the
Sitara^™ AM335x ARM® Cortex^™-A8 processor from TI.

Winning BeagleBone Cape Plug-in Board Design Contest entries
BeagleBoard.org launched the BeagleBone Cape Plug-in Board Design Contest on
Nov. 1, 2012, and gave hobbyists two months to submit their schematic, a video
and the bill of materials (BOM) for their original cape. The three winning
designs, which will increase the options of peripherals for developers across
the world, were selected by BeagleBoard.org, TI and Circuitco.

Clark created Interacto, a cape that gets BeagleBone interactive with a triple
axis accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer plus a 640x480 30fps camera.
All sensors are digital and communicate via I2C to the BeagleBone. The camera
frames are captured using the PRU-ICSS. The sensors on this cape give
hobbyists and students a starting point to easily build robots and flying
drones.

Bakken's Replicape helps drive 3D printing for BeagleBone and features five
stepper motors, three high power MOSFETs for two extruders and one HPB. Using
3D printers, hobbyists can print plastic for their specific use while
engineers and mechanical designers can create prototypes for concept
development and product design to accelerate the design process and reduce
time to market.

The Geiger Cape, created by Ranostay, is a design that measures radiation
counts from background and test sources by utilizing multiple Geiger tubes.
The cape can be used to detect low-level radiation, which is needed in certain
industries such as security and medical.

"The BeagleBoard Cape Plug-in Board Design Contest is a testament to how
active the BeagleBone platform is in the community," said Jason Kridner,
community advocate, BeagleBoard.org enthusiast and employee of TI. "As a
result, we received an overwhelming response for the contest making it very
difficult to narrow down the winners to three. Each submission was innovative
and well developed. We're extremely thrilled to be working with the winners to
make these capes available to the open-source community."

"We're so excited that we will be releasing three new cape plug-in board
designs to the BeagleBoard.org community," said Clint Cooley, president,
Circuitco. "With these new designs, hobbyists, developers and engineers will
be able transform ideas into unique projects that will continue to impact the
open-source community."

BeagleBoard.org community members expand development options for BeagleBone
Inspired to expand development options for their BeagleBone mini-computer
platforms, participants in the BeagleBoard.org community have already created
numerous cape plug-in boards to enhance BeagleBone's capabilities with
cameras, LCD touch screens, motor controls, battery power and more. The cape
plug-in boards can be plugged into BeagleBone's two 46-pin dual-row expansion
headers, providing similar headers so that up to four cape plug-in boards can
be stacked at a time.

There are currently more than 30 BeagleBone cape plug-in boards that were
created by the BeagleBoard.org community. Popular capes include the BeagleBone
LCD7 Cape, which delivers touch screen capability, the BeagleBone Camera Cape,
which enhances automatic identification and data capture with sensors, and the
Weather Cape, which provides data including temperature, barometric pressure,
humidity and ambient light. BeagleBone users also benefit from the thriving
BeagleBoard.org community of more than 5,000 active members who interact and
collaborate through an online support system.

For more information on the winning cape design submissions, visit
http://beagleboard.org/capecontest/winners. For more information about capes,
visit http://beagleboard.org/cape.

About BeagleBoard.org
A small group of enthusiastic engineers interested in creating powerful, open
and embedded devices are pioneering new ground in open hardware and have
worked together on the concept and realization of the BeagleBone, BeagleBoard
and BeagleBoard-xM. The resulting open-source hardware platforms bridge
desktop and embedded development, allowing developers to design to their
specification and collaborate with the open source community on creative new
applications. The BeagleBoard.org community has more than 5,000 members and
aims to engage passionate developers and fuel their innovations, whether they
are designing projects for work or fun. With publicly hosted open source
software, social media feeds of on-going development and an active community
mailing list and live chat, developers have easy access to support and
exchange of ideas. Visit www.beagleboard.org to get started today.

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