The NVIDIA Jetson Nano is a low cost AI computer designed for learners and developers. The SparkFun JetBot AI Robot is a cool kit powered by Jetson Nano that comes with everything you need to learn practical AI applications such as object tracking and collision avoidance. The robot is compatible with popular AI frameworks such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, Caffe, and MXNet.
A group of hackers have built a robot that can crack a safe. A team from SparkFun Electronics in Colorado took their robot to the underground hacking convention, Def Con in Las Vegas. They bought a SentrySafe safe the day before the demonstration and opened it onstage Friday. The robot took about 30 minutes to crack the safe, discovering the combination was 51.36.93. The audience clapped and cheered when the safe was opened.
The hexapod robot in the foreground was constructed by Larry Watkins and Todd Heinze. In the background, a robot constructed by Ben Greer ambles along. The challenge of the Autonomous Vehicle Competition, hosted by hobbyist electronics vendor SparkFun at its Boulder, Colorado, headquarters, seems simple enough: Build a robot that can navigate itself around the company's parking lot. Though the AVC course is dotted with small obstacles, it's really just one lap -- a distance of less than 900 feet. But for the majority of competitors, it feels more like the path into Mordor.
Machine learning is coming to the masses, and those hordes of DIY drones and robots are about to get a whole lot smarter. On Monday at Nvidia's GTC conference, the company plans to reveal the $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit. The kit is an expansion of the company's "Jetson" embedded graphics platform, and it aims to infuse your wildest maker projects with AI that the Raspberry Pi could only dream of. It'll be available immediately online, through distributors, and at GTC itself. The Jetson Nano Developer Kit is a standalone version of the new Jetson Nano AI computer also announced today.
Measuring just 10.5 15.5 mm including antenna, the SparkFun Artemis module is intended to bridge the gap from "maker to market," and from prototype to product. The module has all of the support circuitry needed to make use of the Apollo 3 processor, but has been designed so that routing to the module can be done with lower-cost 2-layer PCBs with an 8 mil trace clearance. That means it can be easily integrated into maker projects, with a short run of circuit boards sourced from somewhere like OSH Park, or picked up in tape and reel quantities used in a production product. Today's release is the'engineering' version of the module and comes without FCC approval or a CE mark, however a fully FCC/CE approved version of the module with an RF shield is set to ship in tape and reel quantities as soon as next month. Traditionally known as a hobbyist supplier, the new Artemis Module is a big departure for SparkFun.