Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2014: BeagleBone

It’s been a fantastic year for the foundation and its popular embedded Linux boards like the BeagleBone Black.  Since its introduction last year over 200,000 BeagleBone Black boards have been shipped, and a growing community of users has formed around them.  This holiday you can join the fun too by picking up your own BeagleBone board and some of the great accessories highlighted below!


Adafruit BeagleBone Black Starter Kit

If you’re looking for an all in one kit to get started with the BeagleBone Black this is the perfect gift.  Included is the latest revision BeagleBone Black board, a power supply, USB mini cable, jumper wires, breadboard, prototyping cape, and prototyping plate.  Just add your imagination to start building awesome projects!

If you don’t need all the parts from the starter kit, consider picking up just a BeagleBone Black board.  Don’t worry if the BeagleBone Black runs out of stock, you can pick up an Element 14 version that’s the same as the original board too.


Adafruit BeagleBone Black Enclosure

Showcase and protect your BeagleBone Black with this elegant plastic case.  All the board’s ports are available from the sides, and you can remove the top to place capes or other accessories on the board.

Another fun case option is this laser cut BeagleBone enclosure with bone shaped sides, it’s doggone adorable!


Programming The BeagleBone Black

Get started programming the BeagleBone Black with this excellent book by Simon Monk.  You can learn how to control the board using high level programming languages like JavaScript and BoneScript–great for beginners!


Embedded Linux Primer

Where do you go once you’re past the basics and want to dive deeply into the internals of an embedded Linux board?  Pick up Embedded Linux Primer by Christopher Hallinan to learn how Linux works on embedded boards like the BeagleBone Black.


HDMI 5″ Display

Don’t let picture fool you, this small HDMI display is perfect for use with the BeagleBone Black.  Be sure to pick up a micro HDMI adapter or cable to connect to the BeagleBone Black’s micro HDMI port too!  And if this display is too small for your needs, consider one of these other great HDMI displays too.


USB Battery Pack

Make your BeagleBone project portable with a small USB battery pack!  You can pick up a bigger pack or smaller pack depending on your needs, or even build your own portable power source with a PowerBoost 1000 and lithium ion battery.


Octoscroller Project

This colorful project showcases some of the advanced capabilities of the BeagleBone Black.  Using eight 16×32 RGB LED matrices and a BeagleBone Black to drive them, the Octoscroller creates a beautiful 360 degree LED display that’s sure to grab attention.  Be warned though, this is an ambitious project that isn’t for beginners!


Replicape 3D Printer Cape

The Replicape is another advanced project that demonstrates the power of the BeagleBone Black.  Motors, sensors, heaters, and more can be controlled by the BeagleBone Black and Replicape to build your own custom 3D printer!


Designing Circuit Boards With Eagle

Take your BeagleBone experience to the next level by learning how to design and build custom capes and accessories for the board.  Designing Circuit Boards With Eagle by Matthew Scarpino is a great introduction to circuit board design using the popular Eagle PCB design software.  Be sure to see chapter 14 and 15 which dive into the design of the BeagleBone Black’s circuit board!  And if you outgrow the free version of Eagle you can always pick up a license here too.

Adafruit Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2014

Here are your 2014 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.

The Adafruit Shipping Department works hard to get your orders out as quickly as we can, but once they’re in the hands of our carriers they’re out of our control.

Carriers have been struggling to keep up with the sharp rise in online orders. Last year UPS, FedEX, and USPS all experienced delivery delays.

So all the Adafruit Shippers say: Please be sure you get your gifts early! Order as soon as you can! Once you place your order we’ll ship like the wind!

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 12, 2014 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive in time for Christmas.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Wednesday 11am ET – December 17, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 18, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 19, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday or Sunday service for UPS or USPS.

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday– December 12, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 21, 2014. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner, but not a trackable service and cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/14.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 5, 2015. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner.

Gift Certificates are always available at any time.

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