Kinoma Create V2

The Kinoma Create V2 is the JavaScript-powered construction kit perfect for prototyping smart consumer electronics and Internet of Things devices. Kinoma Create removes the need to buy a bare single-board computer with loads of different add-ons by creating a plug-and-play environment with all the tools needed on board, all ready to go right out of the box! With Kinoma Create V2 you’ll be at “hello world" in just a few minutes.

Inside each Kinoma Create V2 is a power-efficient 800 MHz ARM CPU, Wi‑Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a color capacitive touchscreen, and tons of I/O for sensors. Also on-board each Kinoma Create are 66 hardware pins (50 in the back, 16 in the front) that implement Digital Input, Digital Output, Analog-to-Digital Input (A2D), Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), I2C, and Serial Input/Output.

Kinoma Create V2 has its own integrated development environment (IDE), Kinoma Studio, that includes lots of sample projects to adapt and learn from. Wireless debugging helps make that process a pleasure. And a built-in simulator lets you code and test even when your Kinoma Create isn’t nearby. The same IDE lets you easily build Android and iOS “companion” apps for your creations, using the same exact platform and code that you’ll use to develop with Kinoma Create.

Note: This item may take longer to process due to battery installed in the equipment and therefore does not qualify for same-day shipping policy. Additionally, these batteries can not be shipped via Ground or Economy methods to Alaska or Hawaii. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Color QVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 800 MHz Marvell ARM SoC
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE)
  • 128 MB RAM, 32 MB SPI Flash
  • microSD card slot
  • Speaker and microphone
  • Wired (USB) and portable power options — includes 2600mAh 3.7V Lithium Ion (Li-ion) 18650 rechargeable battery
  • No breadboard required for many breakout-board-based sensors
  • Custom, lightweight Linux distribution to support the Kinoma platform
  • Digital input/output (20-36 GPIO, configurable), analog input (0-16, configurable), I2C (1 physical bus and two soft buses), UART, PWM (3)
  • Front pins voltage level: 3.3V or 5V

Kinoma Create V2 Product Help and Resources

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.

2 Programming

Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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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.

1 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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Customer Comments

  • Hi folks, I’m Andy Carle, UX Architect on the Kinoma team and product lead on Kinoma Create. Just wanted to let people know a bit about what has changed between Kinoma Create Version 1 and Version 2 and a bit more about our team. The primary change to this version of the hardware was a shift from using a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 combo chip to a newer dual-band 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi, BLE combo chip. On the firmware side, we’ve moved from an older Debian distro and 2.6.x Linux kernel to a new Yocto-based distro on a 3.10.x kernel. The goal is to facilitate a wider range of uses of Kinoma Create for power users, while continuing to make things easy and fun for those without a background in embedded Linux.

    Meanwhile, our team of 20+ engineers based in California has continuously improved KinomaJS (our open source JavaScript runtime), our development tools, and the process of working with Kinoma Create. Our ultimate hope is to make the world of embedded product development accessible to a much broader group of people. While there is no doubt that many of the talented folks viewing this page on SparkFun can and do build their own complicated devices out of other bare boards + components, we want to provide another path: a complete solution for developers who either don’t want to or cannot compile their own Linux drivers, fabricate their own enclosures, or do all of their work at the command line. We are as competitive as we can be on price while putting everything needed to support that goal into the device.

    We would love to continue this conversation in more depth with anyone who is interested. Please visit us at the Kinoma forums and we can dig into the details!

  • So this is essentially a $25 chinese Android device (minus a Spreadtrum/Mediatek GSM chipset and plus a bunch of pinouts). In a strangely large-sized enclosure. With a javascript runtime instead of Android.

    All for $149.95. I must be missing something here :).

  • Way too expensive for the average hobbyist… Saw some of there coding videos - seems too cumbersome, they need better abstraction for sensors and UI…

  • What’s different from the first generation one ? Is the programming system still crap ?

  • Sorry, I am NOT paying $150 for this. Id rather take a $7 Arduino with a $10 Nokia LCD screen and add a Wifi /Blue tooth module sacrificing a few I/o pins for my prototyping. How could anyone consider something that costs $150 as s Proto tool? This is way too costly and way too small of a display for anything useful or profitable.

  • Looks nice, comes assembled, but that price I could probably make something like this with a Pi 2 or Pi Zero and a decent 3D printer for less :(

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This is such a simple and easy device to conviently test dozens of sensors that I have without going through the hassle of programming. It has been 100% reliable and the analog and digital graphics are quite handy.