Nvidia Releases an Open-source $250 DIY Robot Named JetBot

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JetBot is built around the Jetson Nano, a tiny AI computer that makes it possible to create millions of intelligent systems 

Nvidia’s new open-source robotics kit, named JetBot

American technology company Nvidia has unveiled an open-source $250 DIY robot named JetBot, powered by a tiny AI computer.

Jetbot won’t be made available as a retail product, instead NVIDIA will be providing detailed instructions and parts lists on GitHub along with all of the necessary software resources.

The robotics kit includes a $99 AI computer called the Jetson Nano, which Nvidia launched on Monday, along with a robot chassis, battery pack and motors to help users build their own self-driving robot.

The Jetson Nano

Unveiled at the GPU Technology Conference by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang, Jetson Nano comes in two versions — the $99 devkit for developers, makers and enthusiasts and the $129 production-ready module for companies looking to create mass-market edge systems.

“The small but powerful CUDA-X AI computer delivers 472 GFLOPS of compute performance for running modern AI workloads and is highly power-efficient, consuming as little as 5 watts,” the company said.

The Jetson Nano devkit

Jetson Nano supports high-resolution sensors, can process many sensors in parallel and can run multiple modern neural networks on each sensor stream. It also supports many popular AI frameworks, making it easy for developers to integrate their preferred models and frameworks into the product.

“Jetson Nano makes AI more accessible to everyone — and is supported by the same underlying architecture and software that powers our nation’s supercomputers,” said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of Autonomous Machines at NVIDIA.

“Bringing AI to the maker movement opens up a whole new world of innovation, inspiring people to create the next big thing,” he added.

Production-ready module

NVIDIA Jetson Nano modules will be available from distributors worldwide starting June 2019.

 

 

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