Today we are pleased to announce the release of the JetBot AI Kit Powered by the NVIDIA Jetson Nano and the Course Materials Kit for “Getting Started with AI on the Jetson Nano” from NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute.
SparkFun’s version of the JetBot merges the industry-leading machine learning capabilities of the NVIDIA Jetson Nano with the vast SparkFun ecosystem of sensors and accessories. Packaged as a ready-to-assemble robotics platform, the SparkFun JetBot Kit requires no additional components or 3D printing to get started - just assemble the robot, boot up the Jetson Nano and start using the JetBot immediately. This combination of advanced technologies in a user-friendly package makes the SparkFun JetBot Kit a standout, delivering one of the strongest robotics platforms on the market.
The Jetson Nano Developer Kit offers extensibility through an industry-standard GPIO header and associated programming capabilities like the Jetson GPIO Python library. Building off this capability, the SparkFun kit includes the SparkFun Qwiic pHat for Raspberry Pi, enabling immediate access to the extensive SparkFun Qwiic ecosystem from within the Jetson Nano environment, which makes it easy to integrate more than 30 daisy-chainable sensors without soldering.
Delivered with the advanced functionality of JetBot ROS (Robot Operating System) and AWS RoboMaker, with AWS IoT Greengrass pre-installed, SparkFun’s JetBot AI Kit is the only kit currently on the market ready to move beyond the standard JetBot examples. Many other 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.
If you are interested in getting started with AI but don’t know how, an additional kit is available for NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute (DLI) course. In the course, students will learn to collect image data and use it to train, optimize and deploy AI models for custom tasks like recognizing hand gestures, or image regression for locating a key point in an image. Everything needed for this course has been included in the SparkFun DLI Kit for Jetson Nano.
We'll go into a little more detail about each of these kits tomorrow in our regular Friday Product Post, but our main goal today is to let you know JetBot orders are now shipping, and tell you about all the new options available to you!