"BeagleBot" cruises on Linux
A Linux-powered robot project has won the first monthly design contest sponsored by "BeagleBoard.org," a group promoting a low-cost, Linux-friendly single board computer (SBC) with an ARM Cortex-A8-based processor. Antti Seppanen's "BeagleBot" is a partially autonomous, WiFi-enabled robot with servos, sensor, and webcam.
Beagleboard.org was formed by a small group of TI employees who developed the Beagle Board. The group plans to make monthly announcements of the best Beagle Board-based projects. The first winner is the BeagleBot, from Finland's Seppanen, who is posting his Linux code under GPLv2, and is releasing schematics and other design files under a Creative Commons license.
The BeagleBot project combines the Beagle Board with a home-made expansion board, plus a drive system, servo system, distance sensor, a USB hub, webcam, and WiFi radio, all mounted on a wheeled chassis. The 2mph speedster runs on motorcycle batteries, and even includes speakers for simulating a motorcycle engine.