SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano

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The SparkFun JetBot AI Kit is a robot platform powered by the Jetson Nano Developer Kit by NVIDIA. This SparkFun kit is based on the open-source NVIDIA JetBot! We understand that not everyone has access to multiple 3D printers on each floor, and a whole warehouse of electronics so we wanted to build a kit from ready to assemble parts to get you up and running as quickly as possible. The SparkFun JetBot AI Kit is a great launchpad for creating entirely new AI projects for makers, students and enthusiasts who are interested in learning AI and building fun applications. It’s straightforward to set up and use and is compatible with many popular accessories. Several interactive tutorials show you how to harness the power of AI to teach the SparkFun JetBot to follow objects, avoid collisions and more. The Jetson Nano Developer Kit offers useful tools like the Jetson GPIO Python library, and is compatible with common sensors and peripherals; including some new python compatability with the SparkFun Qwiic ecosystem.

Additionally, many popular AI frameworks like TensorFlow, PyTorch, Caffe, and MXNet are supported, and Jetson Nano is capable of running multiple neural networks in parallel to process data and drive action. Please be aware that the ability to run multiple neural networks in parallel may only be possible with a full 5V-4A power supply.

This kit includes everything you need to get started with JetBot minus a Phillips head screwdriver, a basic soldering setup, and an Ubuntu desktop GUI. If you need these, check out the includes tabs for some suggestions from our catalog.

Important: The SparkFun JetBot AI Robotics Kit is available for pre-order. We expect to have physical stock ready to ship by early July. Please be aware that appearance of the kit may change.

Items not Included but you will need:

  • SparkFun Qwiic ecosystem for I2C communication from Jetson Nano Dev Kit
  • Ecosystem can be expanded using 4x Qwiic connectors on GPIO header
  • Example Code for:Basic Motion, Teleoperation, Collision avoidance, & Object Following
  • Compact form factor to optimize existing neural net from NVIDIA
  • 145° FOV camera for machine vision
  • Pre-flashed microSD card
  • Chassis assembly offers expandable architecture

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

3 Robotics

Skill Level: Competent - You may need an understanding of servo motors and how to drive them. Additionally, you may need some fundamental understanding of motor controllers.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Rookie - Basic hand tools are required and instructions will allow more freedom. You may need to make your own decisions on design. If sewing is required, it will be free-form.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

4 Programming

Skill Level: Experienced - You will require a firm understanding of programming, the programming toolchain, and may have to make decisions on programming software or language. You may need to decipher a proprietary or specialized communication protocol. A logic analyzer might be necessary.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Looking for answers to technical questions?

We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.

  • Does sparkfun or anyone else offer a Soundcard that has a mic that will work with the Jetbot?

    • If you are looking for a true computer sound card, then no we don't currently have one. There is a PCIe slot on the board, but that might be a question for the Nvidia forum on the Jetson. Otherwise, since the Jetson does have a Raspberry Pi compatible GPIO header... there are probably Raspberry HATs and audio modules that might work (we haven't tested any, yet); they just won't be true computer sound cards.

  • The Jetbot download includes Nvidia Juptyer notebooks and Jupyter lab so you can run the notebooks

  • Will the SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano be able to run the Nvidia Jetbot image and run the Nvidia Jupyter notebooks so that I can also follow their examples and code?

    • In short, yes.

      This kit uses NVIDIA Jetson Nano and the NVIDIA Jetbot was designed to run on NVIDIA Jetson Nano. As mentioned in the comment above, the image includes the Jupyter notebooks, which run off a webpage that the Jetbot hosts. For more details, check out the Documents tab beneath the product pricing. Otherwise, if you have additional technical questions, you can use the link in the banner above to post a topic on our forums. Our technical support team will do their best to answer your technical questions.

  • Any chance you can offer this without the Jetson Nano for folks that already have one and don't need another?

    • Yes, we do have plans to carry the kit minus the Jetson Nano. We are currently trying to source a new battery for the kit and add an acrylic separator between the Jetson and the chassis.

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