After receiving an overwhelming response, the judging panel selected the three winners: Chris Clark, inventor of Interacto, a cape that provides a foundation for building robots and flying drones; Elias Bakken, creator of Replicape, a cape that functions as a 3D printer for BeagleBone and Matt Ranostay, designer of the Geiger Cape that registers radiation counts from background sources. In addition to receiving a $1,000 cash prize and BeagleBone tools, these winners will see their original cape plug-in board designs manufactured and sold through Circuitco.
Clark created Interacto, a cape that gets BeagleBone interactive with a triple axis accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer plus a 640x480 30fps camera. All sensors are digital and communicate via I2C to the BeagleBone. The camera frames are captured using the PRU-ICSS. The sensors on this cape give hobbyists and students a starting point to easily build robots and flying drones.
Bakken’s Replicape helps drive 3D printing for BeagleBone and features five stepper motors, three high power MOSFETs for two extruders and one HPB. Using 3D printers, hobbyists can print plastic for their specific use while engineers and mechanical designers can create prototypes for concept development and product design to accelerate the design process and reduce time to market.
The Geiger Cape, created by Ranostay, is a design that measures radiation counts from background and test sources by utilizing multiple Geiger tubes. The cape can be used to detect low-level radiation, which is needed in certain industries such as security and medical.
With the help of these creative makers, BeagleBone, a one-of-a-kind credit-card-sized Linux computer based on the Sitara™ AM335x ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor that connects with the Internet and runs software such as Android 4.1.2 and Ubuntu, will now be styling with these new capes. For more on these winning capes, visit beagleboard.org/CapeContest/winners.
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