This project will help you get started building a BeagleBone robot. The complexity and cost of a robot design can vary greatly. The objective here is to keep the example design simple and flexible. This project is a basic introduction to robots using a BeagleBone Black and a Relay Plus IO cape.
So I bought a couple of Spark Cores recently, and they are (from my geeky perspective) the best things ever. Anyone who's been using Arduinos for a while knows that they are a) big and b) expensive. Adding WiFi to that makes it even worse (like £52 worse). Also using the WiFi shield is annoying because most of the time you have to write code that manually sends HTTP headers and stuff like that, which is a waste of time and gets in the way of making cool things.
With all the day to day challenges that keep us busy, it can be hard to remember to water our plants. With a Raspberry Pi and a few other parts, you can program your own irrigation controller and make sure all your plants get the water they need.
When Intel Edison came out in September 2014, it caught my eye not only because of my unhealthy obsession with robotics, but also because it seemed like an interesting platform for security enthusiasts to perform hobby fuzzing work. For those of you not familiar with the term, fuzz testing is a method of examining the security properties of various Internet-facing programs by throwing quasi-random data at them - and seeing if that causes them to misbehave in interesting ways. If you do it fast enough and creatively enough, this brute-force approach can yield remarkable results and help security researchers squash hundreds of serious bugs.