Here’s a great Linux.com tutorial on how to get analog input on the BeagleBone Black.
In this Linux.com series on the BeagleBone Black we have seen how to use the Linux interface allowing us to access chips over SPI and receive interrupts when the voltage on a pin changes. This time around we will take a look at how to get analog input on the BeagleBone Black.
While GPIO, TWI, and SPI communication happens using just the two states of high voltage and ground voltage, with analog input you can read many values in between high and low.
Examples where you might want to use analog input are sensing the environment, for example using a light-dependent resistor to see how bright it is currently, or a temperature sensor. Human interaction also offers many analog inputs such as using potentiometers, joysticks, or resistive touch screens.
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