“Getting started with physical computing using JavaScript, Linux and BeagleBone Black”

Jason Kridner

The workshop will introduce using BeagleBone Black as a physical computing device starting with high-level languages, namely JavaScript, to utilize interfaces provided by Linux. Attendees will gain familiarity with the provided tools to explore various digital and analog interfaces provided by the board to perform basic electronics tasks. Information introducing community resources to further explore the hardware capabilities, including the real-time microcontrollers, will be provided encouraging use of additional interfaces and external components. Compilation of C/C++ applications will be completed and resources will be discussed in the case customization of the kernel is desired to interface new hardware. The concept of “device tree” will also be introduced as a mechanism to configure interfaces without needing to recompile the kernel.

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