In this episode of Projects with Ryan Slaugh, I dive in to schematic capture and layout to make a breakout board for the BeagleBone Black.
The BeagleBone Black is great for connecting to sensors, motors, LCDs, and a variety of other hardware given the amount of digital and analog IO available. The aim with this project was to make a system that could control higher voltage loads (up to 220v), measure current on those loads, give easy access to analog input, and make available all of the digital IO, PWM pins, and the I2C bus–all while being able to be controlled over a network. To facilitate such connections, it was necessary to create a custom printed circuit board (PCB).
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.