The $50-per-board BeagleBone Black runs an AM335x 1GHz ARM processor and can boot Linux in a few seconds. Applications have included home security systems, robotics, and 3D printers, as well as inventory management and scanners. The BeagleBone Black’s key selling point is its customizability, says Jason Kridner, co-founder of Beagleboard.org.
“You can’t make your own Raspberry Pi, whereas you can absolutely make your own BeagleBone Black.” (Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton says both boards are expandable and should not be framed as competitors.) The target developer profile for BeagleBone Black is a Web developer looking to add actuators and physical sensors for capabilities like touch and temperature. It supports USB, Ethernet, and HDMI and is compatible with Debian, Ubuntu, Android, and other platforms.