19 Apr '17, 11pm

Touchscreen lunchbox project with BeagleBone Black Wireless and @element14 LCD Display Cape

Touchscreen lunchbox project with BeagleBone Black Wireless and @element14 LCD Display Cape

Wireless is great for networking, but still being tethered to a power outlet negates that advantage. Fortunately, the BeagleBone Black Wireless can be powered over USB, so some smartphone power banks are able to provide a battery solution. Some smaller or cheaper units may not provide enough power to run the BeagleBone Black Wireless and the LCD display simultaneously, so I made sure to use a battery bank that could provide at least 1 amp of current. I took the battery and circuitry out of the plastic case of the power bank and used mounting tape to attach it to the side of the Lunchbox. I cut a slot to give access to the charging port for the battery and twisted a small micro USB cable around to the port on the BeagleBone Black Wireless. A good tip when assembling this is to have the battery completely discharged so you can test out various fitting positions for the cable...

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