SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Intel® Edison

The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for Intel® Edison, otherwise known as the Edison SIK, introduces the Edison as a powerful Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The Edison SIK includes everything you need to complete 12 circuits that will teach you how to program the Intel® Edison using JavaScript and controlling various electronics. Whether you are new to electronics and JavaScript or are looking to take your skills to the next level, this kit is a great starting point.

The Intel® Edison is an ultra small computing platform that will change the way you look at embedded electronics. Each Edison is packed with a huge amount of tech goodies into a tiny package while still providing the same robust strength of your go-to single board computer. Powered by the Intel® Atom™ SoC dual-core CPU and including an integrated WiFi, Bluetooth LE, and a 70-pin connector to attach a veritable slew of shield-like “Blocks” which can be stacked on top of each other. It’s no wonder how this little guy is lowering the barrier of entry on the world of electronics!

The on-line Edison SIK Experiment Guide (in the Documents section below) 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 fritzing diagrams and the required components.

The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for anyone with an interest in Internet of Things projects or the Intel® Edison in general.

  • Circuit 1: Hello, World!
  • Circuit 2: Pushing Some Buttons
  • Circuit 3: Blinky
  • Circuit 4: Email Notifier
  • Circuit 5: Web Page
  • Circuit 6: RGB LED Phone App
  • Circuit 7: Speaker
  • Circuit 8: Temperature and Light Logger
  • Circuit 9: Weather on an LCD
  • Circuit 10: Keyboard
  • Circuit 11: Phone Accelerometer
  • Circuit 12: Bluetooth Game Controller

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Intel® Edison Product Help and Resources

Programming the Intel® Edison: Beyond the Arduino IDE

January 7, 2015

Intel's Edison module goes beyond being just another Arduino clone. Check this tutorial for advice on how to get the most out of your Edison by writing code in C++!

General Guide to SparkFun Blocks for Intel® Edison

January 5, 2015

A general guide for using SparkFun Blocks for Intel® Edison in your next project!

Edison Getting Started Guide

December 5, 2014

An introduction to the Intel® Edison. Then a quick walk through on interacting with the console, connecting to WiFi, and doing...stuff.

Installing libmraa on Ubilinux for Edison

January 5, 2015

libmraa is a tool kit for interacting with various Intel single board computers.

Sparcade: Edison as a Web Server for Browser Games

May 19, 2016

Turn the Intel® Edison into an access point that serves a simple browser-based game. High scores from the game are displayed on a character LCD.

Loading Debian (Ubilinux) on the Edison

December 5, 2014

How to load a Debian distribution (specifically Ubilinux) onto the Edison.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Edison Experiment Guide

December 17, 2015

Learn how to harness the power of the Intel® Edison using JavaScript to post data to the cloud, control electronics from smartphones, and host web pages that interact with circuits.

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.

3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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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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Customer Comments

Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

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Great Kit!

Lot’s of great things to learn.

Edison itself is kinda cool, SparkFun's guides are out of date

Got the Edison kit and all the parts described are there.

Following the guide on SparkFun’s site… I discovered that it was out of date. It reviews software versions that are no longer available and the behaviors present in the guide seem different from what’s present.

It’s very likely I’m not following the guides right but I’m not able to get it to work with the guides.

However, I suspect this is more that making the Edison work is escaping me, far more than the chances that something’s wrong with the Edison.

I give it 4 stars because it’s an awesome product I just wish the getting started guide here was a bit easier to follow.

Now to make my death clock.

Apologies to hear that! If you’d like to send us feedback on the reviews and where exactly you’re having issues, we’ll take a look at that and get those updated. Thanks!