We love the Beaglebone Black. With all of its I/O connections it offers exciting potential for embedded/connected devices. It even has real mounting holes which let the board be used for real-world applications.
When we got our first Beaglebone Black we were excited to try it with some of our Arduino GVS (Ground/Voltage/Signal) sensors and GVS output devices but couldn't since they are all 5V sensors. Sure we could cobble together some level shifters on a breadboard but in the end we wouldn't have something that could be deployed in a real application What we really wanted was a 5V Sensor shield like the one we use for our Arduino. But there were none out there. So we designed one.
Introducing the BBB-GVS cape.
(5) 5V GVS connections (auto direction detection)
(2) 5V UART Tx/Rx connections (auto direction detection)
(1) 5V PWM
(1) 5V I2C bus connections (auto direction detection)
(4) 5V timer connections (auto direction detection)
5V pins are all ESD protected pins with 15 kV of protection