IBM TJBot, a Watson Maker Kit

Have some fun coding your very own AI robot with TJBot, a do-it-yourself template to learn, experiment, and explore AI with IBM Watson. The project consists of open-source step-by-step recipes, or coding instructions, designed for a Raspberry PI to help you connect your TJBot to Watson developer services.

Born at IBM Research as an experiment to develop best practices in the design and implementation of AI and cognitive objects, TJBot is an example of ‘embodied cognition’ – the idea of embedding artificial intelligence into objects in our everyday lives. Want to have a conversation with TJBot, teach TJBot to dance, or tell a joke? You can use featured TJBot recipes to teach your own TJBot these skills or create your own new recipes and share them with the world.

In this version of the TJBot Kit, we include a laser-cut template to form the body of the Bot, LEDs, a microphone, the Raspberry Pi, SD Card, and wires to connect everything together.

Important: The TJBot is currently unavailable to ship on new orders. If you already have an order for one with us, we will be shipping those out soon.
  • TJBot Laser Cut Cardboard
  • Raspberry Pi Model 3
  • 16GB NOOBS Card
  • USB Microphone
  • Speaker
  • Servo
  • LEDs
  • Wires
  • USB cable

IBM TJBot, a Watson Maker Kit Product Help and Resources

Getting Started with TJBot

December 14, 2017

This post will walk you through setting up your TJBot and getting started with the first three recipe examples provided by IBM.

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.

2 Robotics

Skill Level: Rookie - You will be required to know some basics about motors, basic motor drivers and how simple robotic motion can be accomplished.
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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.

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.

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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  • Member #87158 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Can you share with me when you may have the parts back in stock? This would be a great kit for starting a capstone project.

  • Member #1112043 / about 7 years ago / 1

    hello, I need 25 kits like this, can you sell it to me and ship them to Mexico city, they are for an orphan kid school.

    • M-Short / about 7 years ago / 1

      Please email and they should be able to help you. This was a custom kit for IBM and I'm not sure if we have any more available, but our sales team should be able to help you get what you need.

  • Dasien / about 7 years ago / 1

    Is it possible to link the individual items in the kit to the actual products? I am 3d printing the case for this, so i don't need the cardboard, but i would like to purchase all the other parts. It is just hard to do that with descriptions like "speaker" and "servo". If you could link to the actual products that would be great!

    • Hi Dasien -

      Here's a wishlist of parts that are used in the kit without the microphone and without the cardboard pieces. I did swap out the Micro USB Cable for a Raspberry Pi 5.25V Wall Adapter Power Supply. And, until we're able to fully secure a supply on the microphone, it's available on here on Amazon.

  • That's not what "embodied cognition" means... what you're describing is "ubiquitous computing".

  • hitman / about 7 years ago / 1

    Explore AI with TJBot link is down....

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