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Description: The Johnny-Five Inventor’s Kit (J5IK) is your go-to source for developing projects using the Tessel 2 and the Johnny-Five programming framework. With the J5IK you will be able to build JavaScript-powered hardware by marrying common software language with powerful hardware. This kit includes everything you need to complete 14 circuits that will teach you how to control and read external sensors and displays, control motors, learn JavaScript, and much more. With the J5IK, you won’t need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit though if you do possess such skills they will certainly aid you. After using this kit you’ll have the know-how to start creating your own IoT projects and experiments, all thanks to Johnny-Five!

Johnny-Five is an Open Source Robotics and IoT platform based on the IO-Plugin protocol. Released by Bocoup in 2012, Johnny-Five is maintained by a community of passionate software developers and hardware engineers. Over 75 developers have made contributions towards building a robust, extensible and composable ecosystem.

The on-line Experiment Guide for the J5IK (that will be released when the kit starts shipping) contains step by step instructions of how to connect each circuit with the included parts. Full example code is provided and explained and even includes troubleshooting tips if something goes wrong.

The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for anyone comfortable learning new programming languages or if you are looking for an alternative to the original SparkFun Inventor’s Kit.

Get Started with the J5IK Experiment Guide

Circuit Experiments:

  • Experiment 1: Blink
  • Experiment 2: Multiple LEDs
  • Experiment 3: Reading a Sensor - Potentiometer
  • Experiment 4: Reading a Button
  • Experiment 5: Reading a Switch
  • Experiment 6: Reading a Light Sensor
  • Experiment 7: Fading an LED
  • Experiment 8: Controlling an RGB LED
  • Experiment 9: Using an H-Bridge - Motor Control
  • Experiment 10: I2C Sensor with BMP180
  • Experiment 11: Moisture Sensor
  • Experiment 12: LCD Screen
  • Experiment 13: Shift Register + LEDs
  • Experiment 14: Shift Register + Seven Segment

Kit Includes:

Documents:

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Customer Comments

  • phalanx / last year / 2

    When is the expected availability of the shoulder mounted laser?

    • xtopher / last year / 1

      Unfortunately, it is still about a year away. Maybe the first of April in 2017?

      However May 9th of this year has a pretty good ring to it. We’ll see. :D

    • M-Short / last year / 1

      Laser is ready to be mounted (some assembly required).

      • You know, I have one simple request, and that is to have sharks with fricking laser beams attached to their heads!

  • I will be working on this project in my home. I don’t have much of a work area setup. Should I get an anti-static mat to do these projects on since the board is exposed? Or should I get some kind of case for the Tessel 2? Is one available? I’m just concerned with the board and other components getting damaged from static. Do I even need to worry about this?

    • Hello, no static mat is required to work with this product, it is pretty durable, I have been programming and building with mine sitting on my couch on carpet and have not seen any ill affects. Same with the components included. In terms of a case, there is not one currently in production, but there are mounting holes on the board and a custom case shouldn’t be too difficult to build, depending on your use case.

  • What kind of tools will be needed to perform the experiments with this kit? Should I look into getting a toolkit too?

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1 of 1 found this helpful:

Love It!!

My daughter (4th Grade) and I have started playing with it together. We are already brainstorming for her science project this year in school.


1 of 1 found this helpful:

just getting started....

good documentation and tutorials,!


1 of 1 found this helpful:

Fun Stuff

Well thought out kit with interesting projects and online explanations of everything. Most of the tutorials and books you can find for arduino and raspberry pi devices are in the arduino and python languages. If you want to be able to do these same things with hardware in the javascript language, this is a great place to start!


1 of 1 found this helpful:

Great instruction and support

Love this thing. Perfect for what it claims to be: an introduction to electronics for a newbie without any experience. Granted, I do have software development experience so I skip a lot of the JavaScript tutorials.

SparkFun has a lot of great beginners articles about electronics that I’ve been taking advantage of.

Also I’ve been reaching out to the Tessel slack group for help with the actual microcontroller and other semi-related questions. They’ve been very helpful!


Loving it

I’m having a good time refreshing basic concepts, that used anymore since high school (quite a long time ago, i can tell), and getting intoduced to the J5 environment. I like tessel2, never used it before. Now I’m looking for more free time and, provably, getting some new modules


Software Not Ready for Prime Time

I was not able to install the t2-cli package on Linux Mint 18 Cinnimon 64 bit.

After successfully installing the latest LTS version of node.js, following the instructions, I ran the following commands

sudo apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev libudev-dev
sudo npm install t2-cli -g

At this point the installation process failed with the following transcript

npm ERR! Linux 4.4.0-34-generic
npm ERR! argv "/usr/bin/nodejs" "/usr/bin/npm" "install" "t2-cli" "-g"
npm ERR! node v6.9.1
npm ERR! npm  v3.10.8
npm ERR! code ELIFECYCLE
npm ERR! usb@1.2.0 install: `node-pre-gyp install --fallback-to-build`
npm ERR! Exit status 1
npm ERR! 
npm ERR! Failed at the usb@1.2.0 install script 'node-pre-gyp install --fallback-to-build'.
npm ERR! Make sure you have the latest version of node.js and npm installed.
npm ERR! If you do, this is most likely a problem with the usb package,
npm ERR! not with npm itself.
npm ERR! Tell the author that this fails on your system:
npm ERR!     node-pre-gyp install --fallback-to-build
npm ERR! You can get information on how to open an issue for this project with:
npm ERR!     npm bugs usb
npm ERR! Or if that isn't available, you can get their info via:
npm ERR!     npm owner ls usb
npm ERR! There is likely additional logging output above.

I have also viewed on the github project site a number of the problem reports related to this issue. The thing that concerns me is the continued re-frame I see that these problems are not with the t2-cli software but with “permissions” on Linux. As a long time, open source developer, this attitude is totally unsatisfactory to me. If Arduino can consistently release software that works with the USB interface on Linux machines, why cannot the Tessel.io team? If the Tessel team can resolve these problems in the future, then I might be interested.


Excellent!

I’m a little biased because I worked on creating this kit, but this past weekend we had an event with 35 attendees, mostly high school students and a handful of professional web developers, that went astoundingly well. There was only a single attendee that experienced issues, but they were admittedly unfamiliar with the linux laptop that they brought. Everyone else at the event had a great time and really enjoyed their first experiences programming hardware with this kit. The Experimenter’s Guide was crucial to their success—it had all the information necessary to get up and running and be successful!


Awesome

Awesome kit to start….


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