Tag: beaglebone

Beaglebone + thermal sensor with ROS

Robots self testing

As we build more complex robots we need more feedback from them to know what state they are in. In my case I want to know some temperature information about my rover. These things are the motors, the outside environment, and the battery temperature. For this purpose, I want to create an Arduino thermal sensor. Later it will be only an Atmel chip with the sensors but for prototyping and developing the Arduino is the best solution.
The central computer on the Rovers will be Beaglebone. So after I create the thermal sensor, I need to make the communication between these devices. If that is done, the only thing is left to make the ROS package. I have chosen ROS because in the near future I want to make more sensors and ROS is ideal for information distributing.

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Cheat sheet bonanza

Lately I’ve been working a lot with Atmega328P on a custom breadboard and found it troublesome to always look up the pdf on my computer so instead I put together a nice cheat sheet and hung it up on the wall so I can check it any time I feel like it.

Enough talk, here’s the stuff:
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Wifi acces point on Beaglebone with DHCP

With the OS of Debian new opportunities have come. The Angstrom distribution did not meet our requirements because conman and ROS was not supported well yet, while Ubuntu didn’t have PWM, so that’s how Debian came into picture. The idea of connecting to the BeagleBone directly is better then connecting through some middle layer (like a router). To be this simple we need to config an acces point on the BeagleBone.
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ROS on BeagleBone with Debian

If it comes to complex robotics software I’m always looking for ROS. I wanted to be able to use it on my BeagleBone but Ubuntu was not satisfying so I though of keeping Angstrom since it is the ‘official’ distribution of the board but I had trouble with installing ROS onto it. The final solution was to install Debian Squeeze on the BeagleBone so ROS can go on the top of this. The importance of Debian is that it supports all hardware interfacing features Angstrom does (PWM, GPIO, Analog). First I tried Fuerte but there were some problems and I don’t really need any fancy stuff yet so I went back to Electric. (more…)