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Contest Announcements

The BeagleBoard Software Design Contest has now been replaced with the BeagleBoard Sponsored Projects Program (formerly known as contest #3). The biggest difference is that we'll be giving 2 boards per week to projects as they are approved, rather than waiting until they are completed. Also, successfully completed projects may be rewarded with higher-end BeagleBoard-derived systems, such as a Gumstix Palo43 or a Always Innovating Touch Book (BeagleBoard based). You are encouraged to make your entries now.

If your project is listed as a winner and you haven't received your board, check with beagleship at list.ti.com.

Contest #2

Contest #2 is finished. See winners.

Welcome to BeagleBoard contest #2. This contest is about giving away one BeagleBoard Rev C2 to the winner and another one to the runner-up. Judges will determine criteria and won't be eligible for winning the contest. Schedule:

  • Final project updates: Friday, February 27, 2009 (afternoon)
  • Voting goes over weekend, end: Sunday, March 1, 2009 (afternoon)
  • Shipping board to winner: Monday, March 2, 2009

BeagleBoard revision C2 will have working USB HOST (EHCI) and newest OMAP3 silicon revision. By this contest you will get before this revision is publically available by DigiKey (~end of March 2009).

Contest #1

Contest #1 is finished. See winners.

Welcome to BeagleBoard contest #1. This contest is about give-away one BeagleBoard Rev C2 to winner and another to the runner-up. Judges will determine criteria and won't be eligible for winning the contest. Schedule:

  • Final project updates: Friday, January 9, 2009 (afternoon)
  • Voting goes over weekend, end: Sunday, January 11, 2009 (afternoon)
  • Shipping board to winner: Monday, January 12, 2009

BeagleBoard revision C2 will have working USB HOST (EHCI) and newest OMAP3 silicon revision. By this contest you will get it ~2 month before this revision is publically available by DigiKey (~March 2009).

Project ideas

Here are some ideas which projects would be nice to be done by this contest. But don't hesitate to add your cool project below even if it doesn't match any of these ideas:

  • Stable musb
    • ISOCH support
    • High-speed USB TV tuner support
    • Hot-plug support for OTG (host and client)
  • USB Digital TV tuner (either ATSC or DVB-T)
    • Hauppauge HVR950 suggested as reference
  • Projection TV coupled with the Pico
  • Audio record
  • Latest kernel version
  • USB camera support
    • gspca driver - need to validate with multiple cameras
    • UVC driver (I understood from Koen this is working)
  • Fixing bugs listed on code.google.com
  • Android port and various applications
  • EHCI support (done)
  • USB support in u-boot (partially done by first contest, but still needs work)
  • Consumer IR remote control via LIRC (already in feed; do 'opkg lirc')

See also BeagleBoard/Ideas-2009 for more ideas.

Contest projects

Please add your project you like to participate at Sponsored Projects Program (contest #3) to Sponsored Projects Program projects. Please add the project to beagleboard.org projects, too. If you add a new project here, please append it at the end of list below. Then we can rely on numbering if talking about projects (e.g. "I like project 3.1.1").

If you like to join Sponsored Projects Program (contest #3), please add your project here the same way like done for contest #1 and #2 below. If you participated already previous contests, please copy your project description to this contest, again. This will let everybody know that the project is still alive and that you want to participate Sponsored Projects Program.

Approved projects

From the project proposals, approved projects will get a BeagleBoard Rev C at the beginning of their project to help them execute:

Project Approved Comment Jason Koen Dirk Steve Hunyue Mans Gregoire
Revolt 2405 Week 19 5 points
Gentoo Linux ARMv7 support Week 19 4 points
Accelerated USB Graphics Adapter Week 21 5 points
picoFlamingo Week 22 4 votes
Beagle Synth Week 22 4 votes
USB Scope Week 23 4 votes
Irrlicht Week 23 6 votes
BeagleHam Week 24 6 votes
Apertus Digital Cinema Camera Week 25 4 points
Handheld Lab Week 26 5 votes
TCF Agent Port Week 26 4 votes
Beagle-Traveler Week 27 4 votes
OMAP Emulator Week 28 3 votes
TUD:OS on Beagleboard Week 28 4 votes
QEMUonARM Week 29 4 votes
EGLIBC Support Week 29 4 votes
RT-Beagle Week 30 3 votes
ONAS Week 30 3 votes
Math-NEON Week 32 5 votes
Device for Cerebral Palsy Kids Week 32 3 votes
Turk Platform Week 33 3 votes
hApplause Week 33 3 votes
eLazarillo Week 35 1 vote
PREEMPT_RT Week 35 3 votes
HDDM Week 37 3 votes
BeagleVision Week 37 3 votes
DJ Audio / Video Mixer Week 39 5 votes
An individual lowcost schoolcomputer Week 39 4 votes
Disko - UI Application Framework Week 42 4 votes
ESITeam Week 42 3 votes
DVB-T_Receiver Week 43 8 votes
UPnP/DLNA AV client renderer and transcoding server Week 43 2 votes
Speed-Reader Week 45 3 votes
Beagle-Arduino hybrid robot Week 45 2 votes
XBMC Arm Port Week 49 3 votes
Portable monocular SLAM system Week 49 2 votes
MythBeagle 2010 - Week 2 4 votes
nullDC / Beagle 2010 - Week 2 2 votes
Touchscreen LCD support
MyGTee handheld
Beagle Tourister
Medical Notebook
miniECG 1
Remote Bill Board
Wacom Tablet driver for Beagle Board
Homebrew SmartPhone
Beagleboard Carputer
BeaglePod 1
Beagle SecMon 1
Digital Multimedia frame
(Speech) Scrambler Beagle 1

Rule: In each week, each judge has two points (two "1") to enter for his favorite project. The two projects with the most votes will be approved. The plan is to have final decision every Friday morning.

Revolt 2405

  • Title: Revolt 2405
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/Revolt2405/
  • Short project description: First mission of a first person shooter style game using Ogre3D.
  • Homepage: http://www.dcbcyber.com/revolt2405/wordpress
  • Expected results: Expected results would be to have a playable game demo using Ogre3D for rendering. There will be sound and music. For controls I want to have the option of using keyboard and mouse or using controls like those found on hand held gaming devices. We would also like to have this playable on a small LCD as well as on a monitor connected to the DVI port.
  • Contact: n2vdy at yahoo dot com or dbatzle at dcbcyber dot com

Touchscreen LCD support

  • Title: Touchscreen LCD support
  • beagleboard.org project: Add link
  • Short project description: The project will add the touch screen support to Beagle board

The following are the components that i am planning of using

Another option is buying a full LCD with touch screen option

  • Expected results:
    • Linux driver to add LCD with touch screen support
    • The breakout board(preferably single layered as it can be created at home)gerber for attaching with beagle which will be created using FreePcb(www.freepcb.com).You can see the photos of my RFID Based Access Control system project there.
    • Wiki page to describe the entire development method
  • Contact: pradheep_sh[at]tce[.]edu

Gentoo Linux ARMv7 support

  • Title: Official Gentoo Linux ARMv7 support
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/Gentoo/
  • Short project description: Build ARMv7 optimized packages and stages for Gentoo Linux created officially by Gentoo developers.
  • Description: The project is for providing official support for ARMv7-based devices like the Beagleboard, we will provide stages and packages optimized for ARMv7 processors so any owner of an ARMv7 device can get an optimized system. At the moment Gentoo only provides and supports ARMv4 and ARMv5TE, therefore we would like to expand our official support to the more powerful ARMv7 subarchitecture.
  • Homepage: http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/base/embedded/ http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-arm.xml http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/base/embedded/handbook/
  • Expected results:
    • Allow Gentoo users to have ARMv7 optimized stages and packages.
    • Document the installation on the provided boards.
  • Contact: armin76[at]gentoo[.]org , solar[at]gentoo[.]org

TUD:OS on Beagleboard

  • Title: TUD:OS on Beagleboard
  • beagleboard.org project: [1]
  • Short project description: Port the L4-Microkernel based TUD:OS Operating System to the Beagleboard
  • Homepage: will follow
  • Description:
    • What the heck? The TUD:OS operating system is a L4 microkernel based operating system, with good real-time and security properties, developed at the TU Dresden.
    • Microkernel-based: The microkernel approach allows it to to reduce the trusted computing base (the amount of code that has to be trusted) by running small trusted applications side by side with non-trusted applications, all as unprivileged user mode applications. Further, it is possible to run real-time applications side-by side with non real-time applications. Also device driver run in user-mode and thus a crash of a device driver will not lead to an whole system crash and in the best case the driver can be restarted and the system will keep on running.
    • Familiar Environment: While offering the above mentioned vantages, TUD:OS still offers a familiar environment by the possibility to run one or more instances of L4Linux. L4Linux is a Linux port the Fiasco microkernel which is binary compatible to native Linux but runs in deprivilieged usermode.
    • What do we get from this project? Briefly: A fundament to build embedded [realtime] systems [with a exceptionally small trusted computing base]. Further a possibility to run multiple virtualized linux instances on the beagleboard. A good documentation how to build such systems. And last but not least a (hopefully cool ;) demo showing that it acutally works , perhaps like the one found at demo.tudos.org (somewhat outdated).
  • Contact: dvogt[at]os[.]inf[.]tu-dresden[.]de (Dvogt)


  • Title: picoFlamingo
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/picoFlamingo/
  • Short project description: A portable presentation system for the BeagleBoard and the picoDLP projector
  • Homepage: http://papermint-designs.com/picoflamingo
  • Expected results:
    • An application to perform presentations including 3D elements.
    • A basic hardware specification for a portable presentation system.
    • A remote interface for wireless control of the presentation.
    • A demonstration of the possibilities provided by the BeagleBoard, the OMAP 3 platform and the picoDLP.
    • Hopefully a lightweight 3D render engine for OpenGL ES 2.0.
    • A lot of fun!!!...
  • Contact: dmo[at]papermint-designs[.]com

Accelerated USB Graphics Adapter

  • Title: Accelerated USB Graphics Adapter
  • beagleboard.org project: Add link
  • Short project description: USB-attached Graphics Card supporting OpenGL acceleration for XFree86
  • Homepage: http://www.employees.org/~mschulma/beagleboard/cerberus/
  • Expected results:
    • Use the Beagleboard to attach another monitor to a PC running Linux, and run a graphics intensive application on the expanded virtual desktop without slowing the main CPU.
  • Contact: mschulma [at] employees [dot ] org

Apertus open source/hardware cinema camera

  • Title: Apertus Digital Cinema Camera
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/Apertus/
  • Short project description: A digital camera controler for an Elphel open hardware camera. The beagle board will be used as a realtime viewfinder unit and hardware camera control.
  • Homepage: http://cinema.elphel.com
  • Expected results: We intend on creating a community driven open source cinematic HD camera for a professional environment.

The image is provided by an Elphel camera (elphel.com, open source camera). A beagle board would be connected to an elphel camera using ethernet. The beagle board runs a lightweight UI that allows user to view the live feed from the camera on an external display (dvi or s-video). It also allows to trigger recording and change camera settings using a user interface. The user interface is software based (on screen) + hardware based using buttons and knobs if possible (I2C interface of the beagle board would be used). This project will take 2-6 months to have visible results. The feasibility of this project has been discussed on the Beagle Board group, with positive answers (cfr. http://groups.google.fr/group/beagleboard/browse_thread/thread/6c55a10dd598bb6/e946107bd0a807b8#e946107bd0a807b8 )

  • Contact: philippe dot jadin at gmail dot com


  • Title: FMframe
  • beagleboard.org project: not yet
  • Short project description: FMframe is a picture frame application coupled with an rss news reader and clock/alarm functionality
  • Homepage: not yet; in a few days I will try to come up with a website with some preliminary screenshots.
  • Expected results: Plan is to make a picture frame application. Hardwarewise the beagle will connect to a DVI display. Softwarewise it will be a picture frame optionally with a clock on top of the photo (either a big semi-transparent clock in the center or a smaller clock in the corner). There will also be an alarm function which can play a preselected mp3 file when the alarm time is reached. Apart from showing pictures the frame can also show news from a user definable rss feed (e.g. cnn.com), Normally this will be in a ticker-tape at the bottom of the picture. When the user presses a button when a specific topic is shown the full message pops up. Probably there will be dedicated provisions for weather, giving the weather forecast if desired (in a style as done by the google weather widget). When waking up the frame can show the weather with the scrolling news or (user selectable) just a list of headlines. When the alarm is switched off the display acts like a regular photo frame again.
    User interaction will be through a remote control. Alternate inputs could be touch screen (if I get access to an affordable one) or keyboard (less convenient but it does allow people without IR receiver to control the device.
  • Contact: fransmeulenbroeks at gmail dot com


  • Title: BeagleSCI
  • beagleboard.org project: not yet
  • Short project description: BeagleSCI aims to use the BeagleBoard as a platform for scientific computation and instrumentation (SCI).
  • Homepage: http://sourceforge.net/projects/beaglesci/
  • Expected results: As a start, the initial goal would be to use the BeagleBoard as a logger of a seismometer. This would involve interfacing a 12-bit ADC chip and writing a driver for it. Data read from the instrument can be displayed by the BeagleBoard through a monitor or send the data to a remote computer via RS-232/RS-485.
  • Contact: sherdon dot uy at gmail dot com


  • Title: Pictouch
  • beagleboard.org project: not yet
  • Short project description: A Mobile and Projected Touch user interface
  • Homepage: not yet
  • Expected results: The goal is to build a new Tactile Interface system based on beagleboard and the DLP picoprojector. Currently, the project make the use of JavaFX to support Multi-Touch (and Multi-User) and of 2 basic webcam, in order to build a low cost gesture recognition system.In the classical case of use, the interface is projected onto a classical table.Users interact directly with their fingers on the projected interface.
  • Contact: maxired at gmail dot com


  • Title: Fotogenic
  • beagleboard.org project: not yet - but project is already in progress
  • Short project description: Bring network connectivity to plain old vanilla picture frames
  • Homepage: www.sourceforge.net/projects/fotogenic
  • Expected results: This project brings wired, WiFi and bluetooth connectivity and management to plain old picture frames. The project selects pictures from your photo database, resizes them for the picture frame's native resolution, embellishes them with web and home automation information sources before presenting them to the photo frame by making the BeagleBoard appear to be a USB pendrive...! Right click a photo on your laptop and select "Show on picture frame now!". Manage many photo frames centrally and much much more... Includes "wave gesture" interface to wave over picture frame for next photo... Also works with Eye-Fi SD memory cards to make photos appear on photoframe moments after taken...!!
  • Contact: horse_dung at hotmail dot com

Beagle Synth

  • Title: Beagle Synth
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/beagle-synth/
  • Short project description: DSP MIDI synthesizer based around the beagleboard
  • Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/beagle-synth/
  • Expected results: Initially a basic MIDI controllable subtractive synth with 3 oscillators, low pass, high pass, and band pass filters, 2 envelope generators, and 2 LFO's. From there the intention is to add some type of control surface (either physical controls or perhaps a touch screen), some effects (phaser, distortion, reverb), and perhaps other types of synthesis options (FM, additive, maybe some type of patchibility). The result will be a fully featured MIDI instrument comparable to many commercial synths. This project is to be a learning experience with the intention of exploring using DSP for music synthesis. As of now this project is in the concept phase and is still in need of hardware for implementation.
  • Contact: dpanseri [at] gmail [dot] com

USB Scope

  • Title: USB Scope
  • beagleboard.org project: not yet
  • Short project description: USB diagnostics to aid driver development for USB devices
  • Homepage: none yet
  • Expected results: This project will use the BeagleBoard as a USB proxy between any USB device and a host computer connected via the OTG port. This will allow the BeagleBoard to snoop, compare and modify USB traffic which can assist both commercial and open source development of drivers and diagnosis of issues. Other ideas could be examined such as a USB-TCP/IP-USB proxy to remotely connect USB devices. Open or free software equivalents exist, but hardware monitoring devices only exist as expensive commercial products.
  • Contact: horse_dung at hotmail dot com


  • Title: Irrlicht
  • beagleboard.org project: no
  • Short project description: A fully-featured 3D render engine with ogl-es 1.x and 2.x support
  • Homepage: http://irrlicht.sourceforge.net
  • Expected results:
    • Hardware optimized core routines for optimal OMAP support
    • Support of ogl-es 2.x (the 1.x driver is reportedly running on the board)
    • Full framerate (60FPS) rendering of q3 alike scenes
    • The engine also offers SW rendering, allowing to target for other OMAPs as well, but would require more tweaking in the render optimizations
    • We can port one of the demo apps from our apps contest to show the full applicability
  • Contact: hybrid[at]users[.]sourceforge[.]net


  • Title: BeagleHam
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/beagleham/
  • Short project description: Bringing the BeagleBoard to the world of Amateur Radio.
  • Homepage: None at this time.
  • Expected results:
    • AX.25 Packet support, enabling full APRS support (operating as tracker, fill-in or permanent digipeater, and KISS TNC).
    • Encode and decode of HF digital modes, using DSP functionality where possible:
      • BPSK, QPSK 31/63/125/250
      • Olivia
      • WSPR/MEPT
      • MT-63
      • DominoEX
      • RTTY
      • Throb
    • CW encode and decode
    • Capability to display on small (sub-6-inch) screens for mobile and field use
  • Contact: xunil at xunil dot net

TCF Agent Port

  • Title: TCF Agent Port
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/TCF+agent+port/
  • Short project description: Support remote debugging and run control by porting the Eclipse Target Communication Framework (TCF) Agent to beagleboard+Ångström
  • Homepage: Not yet
  • Expected results:
    • A working port of the TCF "Reference implementation of a target agent" to BB/Ångström
    • screenshots and information on the TCF: http://dsdp.eclipse.org/dsdp/tm/tcf/docs/TCF%20Project.html
    • TCF agent running on a beagle board would provide the host computer following capabilities (see link above for details):
      • Run control of userspace processes and threads
      • Breakpoints
      • Registers
      • Stack traces
      • Memory access
      • Processes - list, start, stop, attach and debug.
      • Sys monitor - CPU and memory utilization info
      • File System - browsing and copying files
  • Contact: terrella at terrella dot mobi


  • Title: Real-Time patch for the beagleboard
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/omap-rt-patch/
  • Short project description: Porting the linux rt patch to the omap linux kernel and providing testing applications. This project is developed at the INSA of Rennes (Engineer school in FRANCE) to allow next year Real Time course to be run on the BeagleBoard.
  • Homepage: http://sourceforge.net/projects/linux-omap-rt-p/
  • Expected results:
    • Porting the linux real-time patch (http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/projects/rt/) to the linux omap kernel and providing recipes for openembedded allowing to build the patched kernel.
    • Providing testing applications allowing to evaluate the real-time behavior of the platform
    • Providing applications that could be used for teaching purposes
  • Current Results:
    • patch- was modified to successfully patch linux-omap-2.6.29 (modified patch available through project page).
    • kernel compile and boots with minor error concerning two IRQs (72,73)
  • Contact: piat_jonathan[at]users[.]sourceforge[.]net


  • Title: MyGTee
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/MyGTee/
  • Short project description: A handheld device exploiting all the OMAP3530 capabilities
  • Homepage: http://enco2009.webs.com/
  • Expected results: I stage: building a prototype hopefully based on the BeagleBoard; II stage: the actual handheld that may allow for further software opensource development
  • Contact: doctorc[at]o2[.]pl


Handheld Lab

  • Title: Handheld Lab
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/handheld_lab/
  • Short project description: The goal of this project is to create a little, yet powerful, handheld laboratory with as much functions as possible. It will be easy of use thanks to the integrated LCD touchscreen and nice GUI.
  • Homepage: http://www.mipixel.com/handheld-lab
  • Expected results: First result will be working LCD showing oscilloscope. After this spectrum analyzer and logic analyzer. All this stuff will need extra electronics.
  • Contact: fran[at]mipixel[.]com

Beagle Tourister using Hand Gestures and HMD on Beagleboard

  • Title: Travel Buddy using Hand Gestures and HMD on Beagleboard
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/travelbuddy/
  • Short project description: A device which will assist a traveller/tourist giving them mobile computing power and the following features:
  • 1) A Compact HMD (Head mountable device) instead of the conventional projector (Problem of Projection Surface while on the move)
  • 2) Use of standard cam for Image processing i.e recognising simple hand gestures to interact with the GUI seen in the HMD
  • 3) Scanning of images (street name plates/hotel names/landmarks/book titles as indicated by user) to provide useful feedback data(directions/reviews/record *videos/take pictures/information)
  • 4) Mode for Speech2text and text2speech conversion for inter-language communication.
  • Homepage: Under Construction
  • Expected results:
  • 1) V-NAV: Virtual Navigator - Streaming Google Street View data according to your current location
  • 2) ULA: Universal Language Assistant: Scan any text by positioning your fingers and the the scanned text is translated to your default language.
  • 3) Say goodbye to the camera/ cell phone/tourguide/maps. Good platform for further expansion to include newer features.
  • 4) Virtual Reality Mapping to the Real World: Overlay of relevant information on the on the HMD.
  • Contact: sisilmet2000 at gmail dot com , dhairyadand at gmail dot com

Happiness Device for Cerebral Palsy Kids

It is an attempt to bridge the gap in communication between those affected by cerebral palsy and those not. The focus of the problem has been on facilitating communication in the emotional domain since this remains a completely unaddressed area. It is possible that some of the ensuing product functions will additionally facilitate communication problems in the physical domain, as well as be physically therapeutic for the cerebral palsy child in the manner of a comfort blanket. The basis of the product is an Emotional Language Protocol (elp) that works as its interface and is driven by four concurrently acting features - color, shape, motion and sound - corresponding to the sensory modes of the visual, the tactile and the aural. The interaction itself is facilitated by touch of varying intensities including pressing, thumping, squeezing, turning and, of course, by touching. Those not affected by cerebral palsy may additionally use speech along with touch. The interplay of this interface and interaction allows the cerebral palsy child to express his different needs and emotions to another person cerebral palsy or otherwise.Also, the device's mobile connectivity allows its users to communicate with someone far away

  • Homepage: http://www.dhairyadand.com/Home/jellow
  • Expected results: I have uploaded the basic designs at the above link to the homepage. The device is circular in nature with a touch screen where an interactive interface is used to display icons, objects, photos and other sharable action oriented stuff. The device has exchangable memory sticks which allow two or more device's to get connected and hence facilitating interactions. The result is to get a cerebral palsy kid out of his isolated environment, motivate him to communicate by making a device which will show him the joy of communicating.
  • Contact: dhairya AT cyber DOT law DOT harvard DOT edu

UPnP/DLNA AV client renderer and transcoding server

Enable the beagleboard as a fully featured UPnP AV rendering client, and as a UPnP AV (transcoding!) server.

Work will be based upon vlc+djmount (for client side) and fuppes (for server side). Server side transcoding to be hardware assisted via hardware DSP codecs. Initial target for the transcoding server on beagleboard is to drive the Neuros OSD (an underpowered DM320-based device).

  • Homepage: Will be an extension and complement to my work on the DM320-based Nueros OSD: http://osd.oddren.com
  • Expected results: Beagleboard can act as either as rendering UPnP client, or as a transcoding UPnP server to drive weaker client devices like the Neuros OSD with their preferred streaming format.
  • Contact: bmcarnes_beagleboard AT oddren DOT com


  • Title: Beagle-Traveler
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/beagle-traveler/
  • Short project description: Automotive media and vehicle management controller. Comparable to BeaglesRide.org (no activity).
  • Homepage: http://beagletraveler.wordpress.com
  • Expected results: intergrate major automotive subsystem management and communications. Improved vehicle notification of subsystems status'.
  • Contact: wheeler dawt larry (at) gmail dawt com
    • Please send sponsored information and project questions to the email address above.

OMAP Emulator

  • Title: OMAP Emulator
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/OMAP+Emulator/
  • Short project description: Emulator for rapid prototyping
  • Homepage: no homepage yet
  • Expected results: Open source implementation of an IDE environment for rapid code development and testing
  • Contact: hwtester (at) myway (dot) com


eLazarillo sketch
  • Title: eLazarillo (electronic helper for blind persons)
  • beagleboard.org project: not yet
  • Short project description: Gadget designed for blind persons or with vision problems.
  • Homepage: http://elazarillo.blogspot.com/
  • Full description:

Lazarillo is a spanish word that means "blind person's guide" and this is the objetive of this project. This gadget will have features like reading non-braille books, assist to blind persons to get places like markets, drugstores, etc. (based on previous GPS tagged places and using google maps). Other functionalities will be spoken weather information, personal calendar, function keys, etc.

The gadget will be voice controlled, will need GPS, 3G modem, camera and battery. Size will be 4x5 inches (approx.).

  • Expected results: Open source hardware and software platform for blind persons gadgets. My device will have most of the above described.
  • Contact: villanuevaborrego (at) gmail (dot) com


  • Title: QEMUonARM
  • beagleboard.org project: not yet
  • Short project description: QEMU on ARM.
  • Homepage: http://elinux.org/QEMUonARM
  • Full description:

This project aims at resurrect and improve QEMU on ARM hosts. For more information: http://www.qemu.org

  • Expected results: Demonstrate user mode and system mode examples, such as running some simple Linux applications or booting an i386 OS. If there's enough interest, making Wine and QEMU work together might be considered.
  • Contact: laurent.desnogues (at) gmail (dot) com


This project aims to overcome the shortcomings of the VFP-lite based cmath implementation. It is targeted at games and other high performance low accuracy applications. The project will consist of C functions, for PC development, which mirror (as near as possible) the hand optimized NEON assembly routines. In order to gain the best performance i will make use of the NEON Unit's Integer and Floating point pipelines in conjunction with minimizing branches (where they cannot be precalculated on the ARM) and creating new algorithms.

  • Expected results: Fast approximate implementations of trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic and power functions for use with future Beagleboard / Cortex A8 based projects.
  • Contact: lachlan.ts (at) gmail (dot) com

Medical Notebook

  • Title: Medical Notebook
  • beagleboard.org project: yet to register
  • Short project description: The Ultimate Notebook for Hospitals
  • Homepage: coming soon...
  • Full description:

A handheld device to improve hospital functionality/efficiency. To add intelligence to the mundane hospital softwares. Features are:

View and Update Patient status, medical history, medication details, appointments, billing - stored as a database in central server.

Touchscreen with handwriting recognition & hand support pad for data entry.

Light Weight < 1kg

VoIP, video conferencing/recording for consulting other doctors

Wifi, bluetooth & ethernet support            

Docking station for charging

Support for usb keyboard & mouse on docking station

  • Expected results:

1) Driver for touch pen tablet with support for hand writing recognition 2) Porting of VoIP software for beagleboard (H.323 ???) 3) Video conferencing software for beagleboard 4) WiFi ?& bluetooth support on beagle board 5) Speech recogntion software for beagleboard 6) Entry of beagle board based products to hospital autmation market 7) Improved, efficient & intelligent patient care in hospitals

  • Contact: noorshaheen.m.n (at) gmail (dot) com


  • Title: EGLIBC support
  • beagleboard.org project:
  • Short project description: Use EGLIBC as system library for beagleboard project in OpenEmbedded.
  • Homepage: www.eglibc.org
  • Expected results: EGLIBC becomes the default system library on the distribution and can be used instead of glibc

with the newly added configurability support to selec/deselect features. I would also like to make it compile as pure thumb2 code.

  • Contact: raj[.]khem[at]gmail[.]com


miniECG is a wearable device that monitors ECG signal, processes it and can transmit it over wireless internet connection to doctors clinic. It has following features are: (all the hardware components required are available through digikey.com including LCD and touch screen)

1) It has touch screen that enable user to give commands like store, display old ECG data, transmit, etc. Device also has a LCD display which is used to display ECG waveform.

2) A tiny server runs on device that enables doctor to login to device any time he wants and extract patients ECG data. The device is connected to internet through wireless USB dongle.

3) DSP core does the job of compressing ECG signal, doing PCA (principal component analysis) on ECG signal, detect QRS, measuring heart beats and digital filtering.

4) DSP along with Cortex A8 runs algorithm that determines critical state of heart by doing feature extraction over ECG signals. It also does PCA over set of stored ECG signal to obtain information about any substantial drift in normal functionality of heart.

5) Wireless USB dongle provides connectivity to internet and data is transmitted over internet as per schedule programmed into the device. ECG signal can also be streamed over internet using this dongle.

6) Keyboard & mouse (USB) interface is provided for more flexibility and quick access. LCD monitor interface is also be provided. Key-board, mouse and LCD monitor interface will work only when device is powered by adaptor. For device powered by battery only input option is touch screen and only output option is LCD display.

7) Device also has small software support to give reminder on when to consume which drug. The prescription of drug and its timing information is feed in as per doctors advice. (keyboard and mouse interface with miniECG can be of great advantage here)

8) USB memory devices will be used to store ECG data.

9) miniECG will be dual powered. It can be powered by adaptor as well as with rechargeable battery.

Website link has block diagram of miniECG and also picture of ECG pre-amplifier which is already designed. In future all the source codes will be uploaded on the link as and when available.

  • Expected results: a) Ability to login from remote PC onto miniECG and read data b) Should be able to send stored data or stream live ECG signal over internet c) Robust interface of LCD & touch screen with controller d) Data storage and retrieval from USB storage device e) Successful implementation of DSP algorithms for feature extraction, PCA, QRS detection, filtering and compression. f) As the whole device is battery powered, software & driver which are very specific to the desired application should only be installed & made working. Thus providing a low power system architecture.
  • Future Work: Once the desire basic funtions of ECG storing, retrieval and transmitting is meet, miniECG can be programmed into miniPA (mini personal assistance) mainly targeting senior citizens. miniPA will have much advanced features that can help them elderly person in their day-to-day activity.
  • Contact: mehta.nandish (at) gmail (dot) com


Play HD video on billboards, remotely manage the billboards, upload new advertisements, remove old ones etc..

  • Expected results:

a) 3g modem support, so flexiblity. b) a full working web based system

  • Future Work:

a) a more advanced desktop application to replaced the web based solution.

  • Contact: ahmad.mushtaq (at) gmail (dot) com


  • Title: Turk Platform
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/Turk/
  • Short project description: A wireless dynamically-mappable interface platform for small devices
  • Homepage: http://www.turkinnovations.com/
  • Full Description: Turk will be an open-source wireless interface platform that allows interfacing of small wireless (Zigbee or Wi-Fi enabled) devices through a dynamic mapping framework and web interface. Developers can implement their device's protocol easily through small user-space drivers called 'Gadgets' and host them on our server. The platform is then capable of automatically downloading and starting appropriate gadgets for new devices that are compatible with the basic Turk protocol. Gadgets reveal their services to the user and other gadgets through our growing library of data endpoint types (such as colors, URLs, booleans, xml strings) and user controls (like sliders, switches and color pickers), and can then be connected to each other through a themable web interface.
  • Expected results:
    • A platform that allows developers to write simple user-space drivers that expose interfaces through XML-RPC
    • A web interface and remote configuration capabilities through a central server.
    • A simple and well-tested protocol and driver for a kernel-managed point-to-multipoint Zigbee network.
    • More hardware connectivity besides the Wi-Fi and Zigbee interfaces will hopefully be developed by collaborating with other beagleboard projects and developers.
  • Contact: rob.odwyer [at] turkinnovations [dot] com


  • Title: Wacom Tablet driver for Beagle Board
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/beagle-wacom/
  • Short project description: Linux drivers of wacom tablet ported for Beagle Board
  • Homepage:
  • Full Description: beagle-wacom will be port of linux drivers for configuring & running wacom tablets with the beagle board. The idea is to have support for wacom-components, so that they can be used by OEMs of beagleboard based products using linux as their OS
  • Expected results:
    • easy integration of wacom tablet with Beagle Board.
    • OEMs of beagleboard based products using linux as their OS can integrate wacom-components in their product with minimal fuss
  • Contact: najath [at] gmail [dot] com


  • Title: hApplause
  • beagleboard.org project: not yet
  • Short project description: A Hardware Platform that You can use to play with Audio Synthesis
  • Homepage: not yet
  • Description: hApplause will be multi-functional flexible audio hardware platform. The goal is to make a tool that can allow to develop audio software and hardware (e.g. DSP synthesizers, FX units, hardware expansion boards, etc.). The concept is inspired by Chameleon and MIDIbox. BeagleBoard will give Chameleon like software flexibility while planed hardware with Expansion Interface and Audio Multiplexer will give MIDIbox like hardware flexibility.
    Hardware features
    Audio Stereo In/Out
    MIDI In/Out/Thru
    General purpose USB port - function depends on user application
    General purpose SD/MMC Card (e.g. for user data storage) - function depends on user application
    Front panel interface (1U rack version) with:
    • LCD
    • Volume potentiometer
    • Headphones jack
    • Power switch with LED indicator
    • programmable rotary encoders (5 are planed)
    • programmable buttons and LEDs (12 are planed)
    Expansion Interface with audio signal buses (1-4 planed, depends on final implementation) and data/command bus (I2C and/or CAN)
    Audio Multiplexer for flexible routing of audio signal between BeagleBoard, Audio In/Out and Expansion Interface
    USB and RS232C for developers
    Software features
    All hardware will be fully accessible from BeagleBoard by API
    hApplause OS is planed (abstract layer over hardware, user program loading, self configuration on power on)
  • Expected results:
    1. 19" 1U rackmount unit ready to play with.
    2. Libs and additional software for developers (at least API for hApplause's hardware)
    3. Example implementation of software synth
    4. Single size eurocard unit for 3U rack, like in Doepfer A-100 System modules
  • Contact: tawezik at gmail dot com


  • A PC free host providing a development environment based on beagle board (running ubuntu 9.04 or later)
  • Host environment with software applications and hardware interfaces to substitute oscilloscope, multimeter & logic analyzers
  • GNOME widgets (software apps) & Linux device drivers for capturing data,storing,comparing and visualization
  • Legacy ports like the serial, parallel ports for device interfacing and control
  • Making an embedded developer's life easier and workbench neater
  • Contact: amarendermail[at]gmail[dot]com and saurabhg84[at]gmail[dot]com


Linux Hard Real-Time (PREEMPT_RT) demo

  • Title: Test hard real-time (-rt) Linux kernel 2.6.31 on the Beagle, report and fix -rt related bugs, create real-time applications demo using OpenEmbedded / Ångström.
  • beagleboard.org project: None
  • Short project description: Make sure the TI OMAP device drivers are -rt safe; Build a typical real-time user land set of applications (Ångström based).
  • Homepage: http://www.sidebranch.com/
  • Expected results: hard sub 300 microseconds (us) scheduling latency for real-time class user space applications (targetting multimedia).
    • Real-time scheduled media playback. Less or no frame skips on video. Latency reports.
  • Contact: likewise IRC


  • Title: HDDM
  • beagleboard.org project: [2]
  • Short project description: A multimedia system based on OMAP and linux.
  • Homepage: Under construction
  • Expected results: Beagleboard as a control center for home theatre system
  • Contact: grover.ankur (at) gmail (dot) com

Note from Dirk: Please see Embedded Mediacenter, too (sorry, German only, use Google translate if needed).


  • Title: BeagleVision
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/beaglevision/
  • Short project description: An efficient object recognition framework
  • Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/beaglevision/
  • Description: BeagleVision will be a fast object recognition framework. The aim of the project is to have a hardware optimized implementation (utilising the DSP and NEON) of state-of-the-art local feature detectors and descriptors on the Beagle Board. BeagleVision will include our recent work on efficient feature detectors and descriptors, other well-known algorithms (e.g. FAST corner detector and SURF), and efficient matching algorithms for very large datasets (>1M images).
  • Expected results:
  • An open source library for developers (a project hosted on code.google.com)
  • A sample application for building recognition in a city scale dataset, to show how: to add new images to the dataset, to use it for location based services, and how to reduce the search time if a GPS is available to get geolocations
  • A wiki for interested developers
  • Reporting the running times of new algorithms on OMAP (as a benchmark) in scientific publications
  • Contact: m.ebrahimi at ieee dot org

Beagle-Arduino hybrid robot

  • Title: Beagle-Arduino hybrid robot
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/Beagle-Arduino+hybrid+robot/
  • Short project description: A robot using a Beagleboard for high-level processing and Arduino for low-level control
  • Homepage: http://mechomaniac.com/robots
  • Description: The Beagle-Arduino robot will use a Beagleboard for high-level robot functions:
    • image processing
    • artificial intelligence
    • speech synthesis
    • voice recognition
    • internet connectivity

And an Arduino for low-level functions:

    • motor / servo control
    • sensor input & output
    • battery monitoring

The two microcontrollers will be connected by USB, along with a USB webcam mounted on a servo pan/tilt mechanism, and a USB wifi dongle for internet connectivity. Basic tank treads will provide movement, possible being replaced by servo-based legs for a humanoid or dog form.

  • Expected results:
  • Easy physical interfacing to the Beagle without having to design and build special expansion boards
  • Image processing using OpenCV with a USB webcam
  • Speech synthesis and voice recognition
  • Contact: tim at mechomaniac dot com

DJ Audio / Video Mixer

  • Title: DJ Audio / Video Mixer* Contact:
  • beagleboard.org project: [3]
  • Description: This is a small, Touch LCD controlled DJ Mixer, which not only is great as a nightclub tool for playing audio -not only reproducing music, actually playing with it-, but also has high end video playback capabilities, thus making it an all-round experience both for the DJ and the audience. It will bring all the experience of professional DJ mixers to users, while being portable, and which when coupled with either a normal projector, or even better, with a PicoProjector, makes a whole experience for audio and video playback in Discos, Bars, Lounges, to mention just a few possible applications. You can even use for your own parties, and it will rock!
  • Homepage: [4]
  • Expected results:
    • Audio playback on BeagleBoard, from USB sticks and SD Cards.
    • Video playback on BeagleBoard, from USB sticks and SD Cards.
    • Audio/Video synchronization, allowing song change, video change, etc.
    • High end, professional DJ-Mixer audio effects.
    • User interface based on LCD and with touchscreen capabilities.
  • Contact: jaime_dot_aranguren_at_ieee_dot_org


  • Title: schooldog
  • beagleboard.org project: [5]
  • Description: The purpose is to make an off the shelf low cost schoolcomputer that can be used on various levels of education. It will be small so students can take it with them and the school just has to provide for input / output items. This way even people that cannot afford laptops can participate in the digital era or schools can provide a robust and good machine for studypurposes.
  • Homepage: [6]
  • Expected results:
    • Educational linuxbased OS, from USB sticks and SD Cards.
    • more general use of BeagleBoard and more public awareness for the powerful small computer.
    • Affordable,individual and steady study enviroment
  • Contact: wickedmind


UI Application Framework
  • Title: Disko - UI Application Framework
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/Disko/
  • Short project description: Disko is a Linux-based toolkit to build touchscreen- and remote-controllable ui applications. It contains native OMAP framebuffer support and the media content is DSP-accelerated by GStreamer (TI-Codecs).
  • Homepage: http://diskohq.org
  • Expected results: Expected result is broad support of Disko by developers of user interfaces and applications for embedded devices.
    • SIP - IP telephony support delivered by pjsip and minisip
    • Gstreamer - to add an alternative to the xine library and to add the TI Codecs supplied for the DSP.
    • Webkit - the great embedded browser OWB of Pleyo (planned for Disko 1.7)
    • SVG - at least one SVG engine to have an alternative to Flash. Initial work has already been done at MadButterfly (planned for Disko 1.7)
  • Contact: gmadaus [at] berlinux-solutions dot de or mspringer [at] berlinux-solutions dot de


  • Title: FETCH - FPGA enabled Tool Contol Host
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/FETCH
  • Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/fetch/
  • Short project description: A host with a web interface for easy configuration and control of connected tools. The device may also be controlled through a PSTN network using DTMF tones. The BeagleBoard will act as the main server and will also be the host interface for the connected FPGA for the purpose of evaluating the IPs developed on the FPGA.
  • description : Phase 1
      • 1) Server capability -- all services (except VNC) to be launched through inetd so that they are started on an on-demand basis.
      • -- http server for configuration pages
      • -- ssh server (the ssh suite in particular including scp etc.. so that an ftp server can be avoided) for remote login.
      • -- bootp server for bootstaping machines on my home network.
      • -- VNC for GUI sessions :)
      • -- CUPS for network printing
      • -- NetHack server :D
      • 2) Tool Control
      • -- The term "Tool Control" here refers to automation of connected tools and Phase 1 of the project will demonstrate this by automation in home (eg. computer, printer, scanner on/off --> (the contoller board with the relays is complete :) ), these devices may be contolled over the internet or PSTN network ) The system will also be hooked to the home electrical network that will enable control over home appliances. A special mode called " Home Alone" will switch on/off lights randomly when no one is at home to give the illusion that the house is occupied ( and hence protect from thefts ;) ). The current relay boards developed use a UART (for RS232 protocol) for control of the equipment but it is planned to use the CAN interface (under developement ) so that longer distances can be covered.
      • 3) The BeagleBoard will act as a host interfacefor a Nexys2 Xilinx FPGA board and will be used to evaluate the IPs deployed on it. This feature is sort of a tester for the FPGA.
    • Phase 2 ( only after Phase 1 is completely functional :) )
      • 1) CAN interface for the controller nodes replacing the RS232 connections
      • 2) mgetty (for faxes) and asterisk (VOIP) may be added to the server.
  • Contact : akshat dot g dot gupta [at] gmail dot com


  • Title: ESITeam
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/ESITeam/
  • Short project description: It's a robotic soccer team with vision and intelligence distributed through the use of wireless communication (Zigbee) between robots and PC.
  • Expected results: The expected results would have a running and competitive team for the RoboCup's championship this year.
  • Contact: registrosvmora at gmail dot com


  • Title: PupLC
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/PupLC/
  • Short project description:Open source control of PLC operated equipment.
  • Homepage: No homepage yet
  • Expected results:
  • PupLC will be an open source PLC controller. The user will be able to control the PLC's autonomously or by direct control. The direct method will allow the user to change equipment status using a touch screen lcd. The PupLC will control all aspects of the operating equipmet (ie. setpoints, red-hand settings, shutdowns, etc.) Additionally, 24-hours of accumulated system data will be saved to disk and can be accessed via ftp for analysis off-site.
  • Contact: alcpo729[at]tds[dot]net


  • Title: Speed-Reader
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/Speed-Reader/
  • Short project description: Speed-Reader is an audio book reader that gives the listener control of the speaker rate.
  • Homepage: http://www.nerd1951.com/?page_id=72
  • Description: Speed reader allows an audio book to be played back with faster or slower speaker rates. A user interface gives the listener realtime control of the speaker rate. Speed-Reader uses digital speech signal processing to accomplish low distortion timescale modification of speech in real time. Timescale modification of speech is accomplished by selectively repeating segments of speech to slow down the speaker rate or deleting selected speech segments to speed up the speaker rate. Digital signal processing is used to determine which speech segments are candidates for repetition or deletion.
  • Expected results:
      • --Realtime (during playback) timescale modification of digitized speech using the C64++ DSP
      • --Initially read digitized speech from the SD card interface
      • --Audio output using the Beagleboard stereo out
      • --Initially user interface provided via RS-232 interface
  • Contact: harvey dot sugar at nerd1951 dot com

DVB-T Receiver

  • Title: DVB-T Receiver
  • beagleboard.org project: None
  • Short project description: The DVB-T Receiver project aims to implement a fully tunable DVB-T Receiver on the Beagle Board.
  • Homepage: Will be launched in the near future (at blog.arsln.org)
  • Description: The DVB-T receiver is a senior graduation project that has to be completed in one year (until Summer 2010). It will be a fully tunable DVB-T receiver. It will compatible to receive digital terrestrial TV & radio stations. The goal is to show the capabilities of the Beagle Board and build a DVB-T system from the scratch. The input will be through a ADC daughter-board that is plugged to the USB port. The output will be via the USB port(for portable devices i.e Netbook) or DVI-D.
  • Expected results:
      • --Capturing broadcast signals(DVB-T) and convert them to discrete time signals
      • --Demodulate and encode the incoming signal
      • --Video output using the Beagleboard's DVI-D port or via the USB port for portable devices
  • Contact: ftharsln at gmail dot com , sulaya05 at gmail dot com

ArchMobile: ArchLinux ARM Port

  • Title: ArchMobile
  • beagleboard.org project: AM
  • Short project description: ARM Port of the x86-Linux Distribution ArchLinux
  • Homepage: ArchMobile
  • Expected results: Fully working ArchLinux with X and all other features.
  • Contact: rotter.manuel@gmail.com or naeg on Freenode


  • Title: MythBeagle
  • beagleboard.org project: not yet
  • Short project description: MythBeagle aims at bringing MythTV to the beagle; both frontend and backend, including plugins (as far as possible)
  • Homepage: not yet;
  • Expected results:
    • OE recipes for mythtv 0.22, mythplugins 0.22 and whatever might be needed to get things going (including bringing required recipes to the latest version where needed/possible)
    • An image for SD card to allow easy install, or a script or recipe to allow easy installation
    • some additional configuration notes (configuring MythTV is somewhat a pain...)
    • setup should also allow using the beagle only as frontend or backend
  • Status: mysql5 recipe has been created (mythtv 0.22 won't use mysql4); recipes for mythtv are there, except for mythweb, documentation/installation work has started;
  • Contact: fransmeulenbroeks at gmail dot com

Homebrew SmartPhone

  • Title: HomeBrewSmartPhone
  • beagleboard.org project: http://code.google.com/p/hbpd
  • Short project description: HomeBrewSmartPhone is a project to use the beagleboard to create a community-buildable mobile phone that is powerful enough to also run as a Desktop PC.
  • Homepage: http://lkcl.net/reports/hbp
  • Expected results:
      • A device capable of Digital Voice as well as Data / Internet Access.
      • A device capable of shutting down into low-power mode and successfully resuming on incoming calls.
      • RF-protected audio circuits that don't have howling feedback from the 3G/GSM Radio module.
      • Full disclosure of all build components (schematics, BOM) under free software licenses.
      • Full documentation of all hardware interconnections
      • Creation of a basic demonstration image that will allow other software developers to participate very early on
      • Addition to the http://handhelds.org site for developers to create GUI-based distros
  • Contact: lkcl@lkcl.net or use http://lkcl.net contact box


  • Title: XBMC
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/XBMC/
  • Short project description: XBMC Is a full-feature home-theater application that works on a variety of platforms and operating systems
  • Homepage: http://xbmc.org
  • Expected results:
      • Feature parity with XBMC x86 and ppc
      • Usage of OpenGL ES 2.0
  • Contact: Cory Fields: theuni @at@ xbmc .dot. org

Beagleboard Carputer

  • Title: Beagleboard Carputer
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/bbcarputer
  • Short project description: The Beagleboard Carputer aims to create a fully-integrated system that will feature touchscreen LCD, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, GPS Navigation, Phone features, Wifi, Voice recognition, Multimedia entertainment.
  • Homepage: http://bbcarputer.codeplex.com
  • Expected results: Provide a fully-integrated system that will feature:
      • 7in touchscreen LCD
      • Wireless connectivity
      • Usb connectivity
      • GPS Navigation
      • Phone features
      • Voice recognition
      • Multimedia entertainment
      • Opensource Application Suite
      • Games
  • Contact: Joey Mar Antonio: joeymar.antonio @at@ awsol-i .dot. com

GuideBeagle: Portable monocular SLAM system

  • Title: GuideBeagle
  • beagleboard.org project: Not yet available.
  • Short project description: GuideBeagle is a portable localization and mapping system based on monocular vision. Such a system can be used, among other things, to build:
  • Interactive visitor guidance systems for museums and stores.
  • Artificial Reality tools and games.
  • Mobile robot control systems.
  • Surveillance and security related applications.
In other words: it solves a Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) problem using a single camera as sensor, working on-line, and producing maps with high-level geometrical information (i.e. not just simple punctual visual landmarks on space). It will be based on recent research on the fields of Computer Vision and Mobile Robotics.
  • Homepage: http://sites.google.com/site/guidebeagle (This page will be enhanced uninterruptedly.)
  • Expected results:
    • Mapping --- The final system will allow an user to move by an environment like an office or a small apartment and build a map of it similar to a 3D model with planes and textures, as used in Computer Graphics.
    • Localization --- After a map is built, the user can move around the environment, and the system will interactively estimate the geometric location of the camera and the direction it is heading, based on images continuously obtained from the camera.
    • Image processing --- Building this system will require the coding of image processing tools that may be useful to many other image processing applications based on the Beagle Board. Some examples are feature detectors and descriptors, edge detectors, template matching by normalized cross-correlation and the Discrete Fourier Transform.
  • Contact: nwerneck@gmail.com or nwerneck@usp.br


  • Title: Development of an autonomous robotics platform
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/autorobo/
  • Short project description: Design, prototype and develop an autonomous aerial vehicle system around BeagleBoard, allowing experimentation with real-time control and computer vision algorithms.
  • Philosophy:
  • make robotics and embedded control accessible and fun
  • stimulate cross-field learning and collaboration
  • leverage modularity and reuse to get more done, quicker
  • Technical goals:
  • develop generalised physics model for eg computing optimal PID controlled motor outputs
  • decouple high-update-rate sensors from lower-rate output control
  • employ OpenCV for visual tracking/SLAM/feature detection
  • build lean tracked (land) vehicle
  • build lean quad-rotor (air) vehicle
  • use a shared, modular code-base and electronics platform (Beagle and IGEPv2)
  • Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/autorobo/
  • Expected results: Initial bringup of a tracked vehicle via dual-motor controller via Beagle's PWM outputs. Utilisation of 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gryo via I2C and/or SPI buses, enabling more advanced control
  • Contact: daniel (dot) blueman (at) gmail (dot) com


  • Title: Design of a automatic dog-walker robot
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/BeagleWalker/
  • Short project description: Develop an autonomous dog-walker robot
  • Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/beaglewalker/
  • Expected results:
    • The main goal of the system is analyze the feedback between the dog and the robot to track where the dog is going and where the robot should go.
    • Let the dog walk only in places previously programmed by the dog's owner making use of basic SLAM algorithms.
    • avoid any obstacles/vehicles.
  • Contact: darthdj at gmail dot com

nullDC / Beagle

  • Title: nullDC_Beagle - Full SEGA Dreamcast emulator, with support for Beagle.
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/nullDC_Beagle/
  • Short project description: Full featured emulator for SEGA Dreamcast, Naomi and Sammy Atomiswave. Supports full hardware emulation, debugger (x86 only), VMU/Memory packs, state saves and much more.
  • Homepage: http://www.emudev.org/nullDC
  • Expected results: For the contest: A working build of the emulator to show full utilization of the beagles hardware capabilities, including emulation of a 200mhz RISC processor (Hitachi SuperSH4), a 33mhz ARM7tdmi with full AICA DSP emulated on the C64x DSP, and utilisation of the PowerVR SGX hardware to emulate the Dreamcast's PowerVR CLX2 chip-set. It is expected all of the hardware will be at near 100% utilisation.
  • Contact: ZeZu [at] emudev [.] org


  • Title: MyoVox
  • beagleboard.org project:
  • Short project description:
  • Homepage:
  • Expected results:
  • Contact: smcgill3 [at] seas[.]upenn [.] edu


  • Title: Beagle-Eye
  • beagleboard.org project: Beagle-Eye
  • Short project description: A beagle-eyed guide for the visually challenged.
  • Hardware:
    • A pair of calibrated USB cameras, mounted on the user's shoulders, such that the combined field of view covers at least 180 degrees.
    • One or more linear actuators connected through RS-232, situated on one of the user's limbs.
    • Stereo headphones.
    • USB GPS Dongle.
  • Description:
    • Low frame rate real-time video is used to guide the user towards a specified destination.
    • The GPS provides coarse location.
    • The stereo camera setup provides a wide field of view, along with coarse depth information.
    • Map information, combined with real time video is used to esimate location and orientation more accurately.
    • Simple object recognition techniques are employed to recognize parts of the environment.
    • The audio setup and the actuator(s) are used either in tandem or interchangeably to guide the user. This can be customized as required. Some possibilities include:
      • A short periodic 3D sound generated to indicate the direction in which the user is to walk.
      • The user is alerted about approaching obstacles by firing the actuator at a frequency inversely proportional to the distance to the obstacle. This distance can be computed using depth information computed from pairs of images.
      • Information about the environment, such as "Pedestrian Crossing in 20m" can be relayed through audio.
  • Possible Enhancements:
    • More comprehensive localization techniques, such as SLAM, can be used to improve the accuracy of the system. This will also open doors to indoor navigation, where the GPS fails.
    • Detection, segmentation and recognition of text (such as signboards and street names) in the environment will ensure less errors in navigation.
  • Expected Results:
    • A navigation tool for the visually challenged, using audio and linear actuators to communicate with the user.
  • Contact: leatherbrain at gmail dot com


  • Title: BeaglePod
  • beagleboard.org project: [7]
  • Short project description: BeaglePod is an IPod plug-in replacement for car stereo's that are IPod Ready. The BeaglePod uses gstreamer as an audio/video player and is controlled via the car stereo head unit using Apple Accessory Protocol.
  • Description: The BeaglePod is an audio/video player for cars equipped with "IPod Ready" stereos. Using the Apple Accessory Protocol the car stereo is used to select and control the playback of media on the BeaglePod. Adding a video monitor the BeaglePod can also become a video player running all the audio through the car stereo with full pause, play, stop control using the car's stereo head unit. Using a software implementation of the Apple Accessory Protocol the BeaglePod is connected to the car stereo via a USB->TTL cable.
  • Expected Results:
    • Play audio/video media files from the Beagleboard using the car stero to control playback and track selection.
    • Audio will playback through car's exist speaker.
    • With gstreamer dsp support HD playback of video with in car lcd.
  • Contact: velorider [X] publicemail [X] us


  • Title: Autonomous modular robot
  • beagleboard.org project: none yet
  • Short project description: Build an autonomous robot to enter the Eurobot 2010 competition
  • Homepage: (only in Czech) http://eurobot.matfyz.info/
  • Full Description: Goal of this project is to build an autonomous modular robot, that will be able to compete in the Eurobot competition. This project includes following:
    • HW:
    • Custom beagle daughter-card (including kernel driver patches):
      • CAN (Controller area network) able to sustain 1Mbit/s, using embedded cortex-m3 controller
      • Battery backed up RTC
      • Dual power - battery and/or adapter, with battery management (current consumption sensing and charging)
      • Second serial and i2c headers
      • (optional) Ethernet controller 10/100Mbit
    • Custom motor, servo and stepper motor drivers and IO boards
      • everything connected through CAN
    • SW:
    • Modular architecture, for simple modification
    • OpenCV integration for play field object identification
    • optimalizations for NEON (and DSP)
  • Contact: Michal dot Demin at Gmail dot Com


  • Title: Webcam broadcast server/relay
  • beagleboard.org project: [8]
  • Short project description: Webcam broadcast platform for USB webcams
  • Homepage:
  • Full Description: The goal of this project is to utilize the beagleboard as a low cost platform for webcam video feeds.

Server capability:

    • Broadcast webcam feeds for directly connected USB webcams
    • Relay webcam feeds from other servers, typically connected over wi-fi
    • Decimate MJPEG streams to match bandwidth limits
    • Monitor and control streams via HTTP
    • Advertise HTTP services locally via Zeroconf

The beagleboard will require a functional Linux gspca driver for all USB webcams in use as well as USB wi-fi for remote service. Linux Zeroconf service must also be included.

  • Contact: spiderkarma at gmail dot com

Beagle SecMon

  • Title : Beagle Security Monitoring over Web
  • beagleboard.org project: BeagleSecMon
  • Short project description: This project proposes to control and transmit audio and video from a remote place using the beagleboard as a webserver.
  • Expected results: The system will control one or more digital cameras with pan, tilt and zoom functions, and microphones. Besides, it can be configured to send information to a pre registered cell phone when movement is detected. Also, audio and video can be accessed using internet from any place.
  • Contact: cborges at ifsc dot edu dot br====


  • Title : Beagle Portable Plate Recognition
  • beagleboard.org project: PortablePlateRec
  • Short project description: A portable system for automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) using BeagleBoard.
  • Expected results: The goal of this project is to develop a portable system for automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) using BeagleBoard. It includes the following:
    • receiving images from a camera;
    • applying signal processing algorithms for plate localization, orientation and sizing, image normalization, and character segmentation;
    • optical character recognition (for instance, Tesseract);
    • possible access to a database to check the plate against law infringements.
  • Contact: fpacheco at ml1 dot net

Digital Multimedia Frame

  • Title : Digital Multimedia Frame
  • beagleboard.org project: not yet
  • Short project description: It's a photo, video and music application who use a touchscreen display
  • Expected results: The goal of this project is to get photo, video, music from memory card or from a network.
    • Scan network to multimedia file.
    • Create automatically a slideshow when we are in photo mode.
    • Create automatically a music list.
    • Play video
    • Add basic operation available for picture (rotate, resize...)
    • touch screen will be used to simplify action.
  • Contact: collinm at laboiteaprog dot com

(Speech) Scrambler Beagle

  • Title: (Speech) Scrambler Beagle
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/ScramblerBeagle/
  • Short project description: A speech scrambler developed on Beagleboard for scrambling analog audio I/O (in "speech domain"). By scrambling means: processing it digitally using commonly used Cryptography Algorithm (AES, 3DES etc) and or other "unique-your-own-algorithm"
  • Homepage: http://dago.posterous.com/
  • Expected results: Full (digital) data processing of speech data acquired from analog I/O.The data processing involves: 1. Speech Coding, we will use LPC 10; 2. Modulation, QPSK will be there as the prototype; 3. Encryption -- AES 128 comes into mind.
  • Contact: dio[dot]rahman[at]gmail.com

Contest #2 projects

Please don't add new projects, contest #2 is closed.


1st winner of contest #2

  • Title: James - Just A Miniature Entertainment System
  • beagleboard.org project: James
  • Short project description: James is a home server system aiming at video recording (PVR), storage and playback, but also offering other common home functions, e.g. in the areas of security and IP telephony.
  • Homepage: For now BeagleBoard/James.
  • Expected results: Updated recipes for all relevant packages on OpenEmbedded. A script to install the needed packages to an Angstrom image (generated by Koen's generator) and documentation on how to configure things.
  • Contact: fransmeulenbroeks on gmail


2nd winner of contest #2

  • Title: E-Ink Interface Board and Driver for beagleboard
  • Homepage: BeagleEPD
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/beagleepd/
  • Short project description: This project aims to interface an E-Ink display directly with a beagleboard. This is done by creating an interface board that is connected to the Beagleboard expansion header and converts the relevant gpio signals into the levels appropriate for interfacing with the E-Ink display controller. The second part is to write a driver which is a port of am300epd.c from mach-pxa to mach-omap in order to support the E-Ink broadsheet framebuffer driver directly on beagleboard. All of this results in making it possible to connect any E-Ink display controller to a Beagleboard (via the expansion header) and to then treat any E-Ink display as another framebuffer.
  • Expected results: Schematic for interface PCB between Beagleboard and E-Ink display controller board. A beagleepd.c mach-omap driver that will setup and control the IO pins appropriately.
  • Contact: jayakumar at IRC (freenode, oftc) or jayakumar.lkml@gmail.com

nullDC / Beagle

  • Title: nullDC_Beagle - Full SEGA Dreamcast emulator, with newly added support for Beagle.
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/nullDC_Beagle/
  • Short project description: Full featured emulator for SEGA Dreamcast, Naomi and Sammy Atomiswave. Supports full hardware emulation, debugger (x86 only), VMU/Memory packs, state saves and much more.
  • Homepage: http://www.emudev.org/nulldc_beagle
  • Expected results: For the contest: A WIP (but working) build of the emulator to show full utilization of the beagles hardware capabilities, including emulation of a 200mhz RISC processor (Hitachi SuperSH4), a 33mhz ARM7tdmi with full AICA DSP emulated on the C64x DSP, and utilisation of the PowerVR SGX hardware to emulate the Dreamcast's PowerVR CLX2 chip-set. It is expected all of the hardware will be at near 100% utilisation.
  • Contact: ZeZu [at] emudev [.] org

(Speech) Scrambler Beagle

  • Title: (Speech) Scrambler Beagle
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/ScramblerBeagle/
  • Short project description: A speech scrambler developed on Beagleboard for scrambling analog audio I/O (in "speech domain"). By scrambling means: processing it digitally using commonly used Cryptography Algorithm (AES, 3DES etc) and or other "unique-your-own-algorithm"
  • Homepage: http://dago.posterous.com/
  • Expected results: Full (digital) data processing of speech data acquired from analog I/O.The data processing involves: 1. Speech Coding, we will use LPC 10; 2. Modulation, QPSK will be there as the prototype; 3. Encryption -- AES 128 comes into mind.
  • Contact: dio[dot]rahman[at]gmail.com

Contest #1 projects


  • Title: support beagle board emulation in qemu
  • beagleboard.org project: qemu-omap3
  • Short project description: Qemu-omap3 is an opensource project which adds omap3 related devices emulation into qemu. Beagle board is the primary devices to emulate.
  • Homepage: qemu omap3 emulation support
  • Expected results:
    • booting linux kernel and rootfs from nand and mmc image
    • Wiki page how to run qemu-omap3 for beagle board
  • Submission:
  • Contact: yajin AT vm-kernel.org


  • Title: develop open source software to use BeagleBoard as a handheld GPS receiver
  • beagleboard.org project: none yet
  • Short project description: openGPS is a project to use a basic processing platform with open source software to develop a handheld GPS receiver. Using any of a number of available map data bases, such as Open Street Maps, a handheld GPS receiver would provide new capabilities that are not currently found in commercial receivers. In addition it would provide a platform for a number of customizations and expansion of capabilites.
  • Homepage: none yet
  • Expected results:
    • development of a display app with moving map capabilities
    • development of a user interface for handheld apps
    • integration with suitable LCD display
    • interface to map files on SD card
    • Wiki page on GPS receiver functions and features
  • Contact: Please add (obfuscated) mail address or Beagle IRC nick

Beagle Conference System

  • Title: Use beagle to come up with a conferencing system for home users
  • beagleboard.org project: BeagleConf
  • Short project description: This is a project that aims at bringing conferencing into the drawing rooms of users' homes. The idea is to use beagle, interface it with a webcam, internet (through ethernet/ wifi), usb bluetooth (to interface a integrated keyboard/ mouse), audio in and out of beagle interfaced with a microphone and the speakers of the tv (in the living room of the user), and use a conferencing software like Ekiga (or probably Skype?). The device should be extremely affordable (low cost), to bring conferencing to homes of common users.
  • Homepage: none yet
  • Expected results:
    • A 'complete' home conferencing system would include the 'unit' and a keyboard with an integrated mouse. The 'unit' shall consist of beagle, with interfaces exposed for USB webcam, audio in for microphone, audio out to connect to the TV, ethernet interface or another USB port for USB wifi and another USB port for bluetooth.
    • When the system is turned on, users shall be presented with a list of contacts that they could dial (probably a customized interface of Ekiga).
    • The software shall provide the users, the capability to add/ modify/ delete users and their contact details.
    • The software shall also provide for ways to chat (text) with the users.
    • The software shall be capable of running through a demo for the users which includes instructions for set up and usage.
  • Contact: Please add (obfuscated) mail address or Beagle IRC nick


  • Title: Use a beagle board to drive a remote controlled car.
  • beagleboard.org project: None
  • Short project description: Connect servos to the beagle board expansion header, 802.11g wireless to the use port, and use joystick on a host to remotely control the servos.
  • Homepage: http://chrisd.info/portfolio/indexbeaglerc.shtml
  • Expected results:
    • Ability to control a RC car using only a beagle board and servos, this will work with both nitro and electric cars with mechanical speed controllers.
  • Contact: code at chrisd dot info


Linux Hard Real-Time (PREEMPT_RT) demo

  • Title: Test hard real-time (-rt) Linux kernel 2.6.31 on the Beagle, report and fix -rt related bugs, create real-time applications demo using OpenEmbedded / Ångström.
  • beagleboard.org project: None
  • Short project description: Make sure the TI OMAP device drivers are -rt safe; Build a typical real-time user land set of applications (Ångström based).
  • Homepage: http://www.sidebranch.com/
  • Expected results: hard sub 300 microseconds (us) scheduling latency for real-time class user space applications (targetting multimedia).
    • Real-time scheduled media playback. Less or no frame skips on video. Latency reports.
  • Contact: likewise IRC

USB Support in U-boot

2nd winner of contest #1

  • Title: Add MUSB gadget support for OMAP3 to u-boot.
  • Homepage: U-boot musb gadget support
  • beagleboard.org project: http://beagleboard.org/project/Uboot+USB+gadget/
  • Short project description: Currently people require an extra serial adaptor to interact with u-boot, adding USB gadget support to u-boot enables the use of serial console, saving costs and troubles to BeagleBoard users. This enables as well the future application of the DFU patches to power fast software downloads without requiring MMC (but the DFU patches are a different can of worms to be accepted on mainstream u-boot).
  • Expected results: U-boot patch against u-boot omap3 git tree that enables booting beagleboard and appear as an USB serial adaptor (CDC class, so it can be used in Linux/OS x without major problems), and the modified .inf file for windows.
  • Contact: ddompe at IRC


  • Title: James - Just A Miniature Entertainment System
  • beagleboard.org project: To be Added...
  • Short project description: James is a home server system aiming at video recording (PVR), storage and playback, but also offering other common home functions, e.g. in the areas of security and IP telephony.
  • Homepage: For now BeagleBoard/James. For the PVR part there is information and a demo through http://www.dse.nl/~meulenbr/pvr/pvr.html
  • Expected results: For the contest: the proposal on BeagleBoard/James and the demo on http://www.dse.nl/~meulenbr/pvr/pvr.html. For the future: a flexible system providing the functionality as described in the proposal.
  • Contact: fransmeulenbroeks on gmail


1st winner of contest #1

  • Title: Beagle Board powered robot
  • beagleboard.org project: beaglebot
  • Short project description: BeagleBot is a Beagle powered robot. It has few servos, ultrasonic ranger, webcam, wlan...
  • Homepage: BeagleBot homepage
  • Expected results:
    • Partly autonomous robot
    • PC controlling of the robot
  • Contact: antti at hervanta.com

Android Cupcake for BeagleBoard

  • Title: Android Cupcake for BeagleBoard
  • beagleboard.org project: beagledroid
  • Short project description: This is a port of the post-1.0 Cupcake version of Android to the BeagleBoard.
  • Homepage: For now, you can download the images from here and instructions from here
  • Expected results: Android boots, runs, can browse the Internet, etc. No sound, though.
  • Contact: Please add (obfuscated) mail address or Beagle IRC nick

FreeBSD port to BeagleBoard

  • Title : A port of FreeBSD-arm to the BeagleBoard
  • beagleboard.org project: freebsd-bgb
  • Short project description: This is a port of the FreeBSD operating system to the BeagleBoard, as the first platform for supporting Omap on the OS.
  • Expected results: FreeBSD boots and can be used through a serial console + port of a (USB?) ethernet controller driver for NFS boot.
  • Contact: AsqYzeron====FreeBSD port to BeagleBoard====



  • Jason Kridner (jkridner)
  • Koen Kooi (koen)
  • Dirk Behme (dirk2)
  • Steve Sakoman (sakoman)
  • Hunyue Yau (ds2)
  • Mans Rullgard (mru)
  • Gregoire Gentil (gregoiregentil)

Past Judges

  • Robert Kuhn (robertk)


  • Judges cannot participate in the contest.
  • The ruling of the judges is final. Jason Kridner will determine when the ruling of the judges has been provided.
  • Each judge will have 10 points to divide (integrally) as they see fit. The project with the most points wins.
  • All voting will be public and logged on this page.
  • Jason Kridner will be responsible for getting the boards to the winner and runner-up. Recipients must meet US export control requirements.
  • To follow up on shipping details, contact beagleship at list.ti.com.
  • Individuals are limited to a single entry, but may include as many demonstrations as desired within that entry.


  • All new content must be open source as determined by the OSI.
  • Submission should be in the form of an easy-to-use image/archive provided via a webpage.
    • <1GB 'dd' image for an SD card is recommended. Instructions
    • Alternatives allowed, such as Android on Beagle, as long as instructions are provided.
  • "Wow" or "coolness" factor from usefulness/user experience point of view
  • Overall quality of the submission
  • Technical complexity
    • "Coolness" of the technical solution, even if it isn't useful for all the masses
    • Amount of work needed, i.e. x hours or x days?
  • Angstrom recipe for image
  • Documentation for the demo
  • Running power consumption
  • Use of DSP and SGX
  • Ease of use

Contest #1


Each judge will have 10 points to divide (integrally) as they see fit. The project with the most points wins. Points:

2009-01-11 Jason Koen Dirk Steve Hunyue Mans Robert Sum points
qemu-omap3 3 3 2 3 2 13
Beagle ConfSys
BeagleRC 1 1 3 2 7
RT demo 2 2 1 5
MUSB for U-Boot 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 17
BeagleBot 2 2 3 4 3 4 3 21
James 3 1 4
Android 2 1 3
FreeBSD port


Contest Date Winner Runner-up
1 Monday, January 12, 2009 BeagleBot MUSB for U-Boot
Congratulations ;-) RobertK 11:30, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

There is a nice LinuxDevices.com BeagleBot cruises on Linux article about contest #1 winner, too.

Contest #2


Each judge will have 10 points to divide (integrally) as they see fit. The project with the most points wins. Points:

2009-03-01 Jason Koen Dirk Steve Hunyue Mans Robert Sum points
James 6 7 5 7 3 5 33
BeagleEPD 3 3 2 3 5 3 19
nullDC / Beagle 1 3 2 2 8


Contest Date Winner Runner-up
2 Monday, March 2, 2009 James BeagleEPD

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Contest #1

Contest #2