Jetson Nano + Sphero RVR Mash-up (PART 1)

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Introduction

We finally jumped on a project that we have been wanting to do for a while now: a mash-up of two robotics kits that we released over the past year! Those kits are the Advanced Autonomous kit for the Sphero RVR and our AI JetBot kit for the NVIDIA Jetson Nano. Both projects were fun to work on during launch and both products have astounding quality in their own perspective markets so we're very excited to combine them together!

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v2.1 Powered by Jetson Nano

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v2.1 Powered by Jetson Nano

KIT-16417
$249.95
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SparkFun Advanced Autonomous Kit for Sphero RVR

SparkFun Advanced Autonomous Kit for Sphero RVR

KIT-15303
$164.95

Sphero RVR - Programmable Robot

ROB-15304

We set about building this mash-up and this tutorial as a guide for you to follow along with us in building your own Jetson Nano powered Sphero RVR. We built the bot almost entirely from parts found in the two kits with and placed on top of a Sphero RVR.

Fully assembled Jetson RVR Robot

With all of this being said and documented if you choose to build your Nano RVR mash-up feel free to riff on what we did. There is no real right way to do this, it was us in the shop for an afternoon being creative. Your sensors, board placement and hardware choices may vary. Use this tutorial more as… “guidelines”.