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Sharpen Your Edge AI and Robotics Skills with the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit

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Are you interested in getting started with edge AI and robotics but not sure where to begin? 

Look at the relaunched NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit available for purchase from partners starting November 25, 2022 in the US and worldwide in December.

Introduced 3 years ago, the NVIDIA Jetson Nano is a low-cost, entry-level AI computer for the embedded and edge AI market. With a familiar Linux environment, easy-to-follow tutorials, and ready-to-build open-source projects created by an active developer community, it’s the perfect tool for learning by doing.

This small, powerful computer lets you run multiple neural networks in parallel for applications like image classification, object detection, segmentation, and speech processing. All this is packed into an easy-to-use platform that runs in as little as five watts.

Jetson Nano in action

Last year, researchers from the University of Minnesota developed a neuroprosthetic hand that uses AI models based on recurrent neural networks (RNN) to read and decode an amputee’s intent of moving individual fingers from peripheral nerve activities. The AI models are deployed using an NVIDIA Jetson Nano as a portable, self-contained unit. 

Video 1. Researchers trained an AI neural decoder able running on an NVIDIA Jetson Nano to translate 46-year-old Shawn Findley’s thoughts into individual finger motions

Developer Arthur Findelair demonstrated how to augment a drone’s computer vision capabilities and enable gesture control of the drone using Jetson Nano’s computational power. 

Video 2. Using Jetson Nano’s computational power to control a drone with human gestures

Using the Jetson Nano Developer Kit, AI has become accessible to everyone. From projects predicting bus arrival times to real-time chess game analytics and from AI-based music synthesizers to automated vision-based warning systems for lab equipment, Jetson developers are discovering the diverse capabilities of AI using the Jetson Nano Developer Kit. 

To see other cool examples in action, see the latest Jetson community projects

Technical details

The Jetson Nano features:

  • A 128-core NVIDIA Maxwell GPU
  • A quad-core Arm A57 processing system
  • A video encoder and decoder
  • 4-GB LPDDR4 and 16-GB eMMC memory
  • A host of interfaces and I/Os:
    • High-speed I/O for CSI, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet, and USB3
    • Video interfaces such as HDMI and DisplayPort
    • Standard I/O for I2C, I2S, SPI, and GPIO

For more information, see the product specifications.

The same software stack supports all NVIDIA Jetson modules and provides Jetson Linux, developer tools, CUDA-X accelerated libraries, and other NVIDIA technologies.

NVIDIA is continuing to enhance the Jetson family and set a new standard for entry-level AI with the Jetson Orin Nano series announced at GTC Fall 2022. 

The Jetson Orin Nano series delivers 80x the AI performance of the Jetson Nano. You can get started on your next-generation application today with the full software emulation support provided by the Jetson AGX Orin Developer Kit.

Learn more about developing for all the Jetson modules using emulation mode

Get started 

The NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute offers a variety of online courses to help you begin your journey with Jetson: 

DLI also offers a complete teaching kit for use by college and university courses. 

Video 3. Jetson AI Ambassador Sungsook Jang shares her work in South Korea teaching AI to students using the NVIDIA Jetson

Need other inspiration to get started with your first AI or robotics application? For tips, ideas, and answers to your development questions, visit the Jetson developer forums.

Get started with your own Jetson Nano 4GB Developer Kit, available for $149 (USD).