The JavaScript-Powered
Internet of Things Construction Kit

 

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What is this?

Kinoma Create is the JavaScript-powered construction kit for makers, professional product designers, and web developers with no prior hardware experience.

With Kinoma Create, you can create personal projects, consumer electronics, and Internet of Things prototypes more quickly and easily than ever before.

It's designed to be the fastest way to go from a product concept to a fully realized, Internet-connected prototype.

Why is Kinoma Create especially good at prototyping smart consumer electronics and Internet of Things devices? Because they share the need to talk to other devices, phones, and tablets, to connect to sensors in order to interact with their environment, and to talk with web services. And Kinoma Create makes all of that simple.

The problem with prototyping today

Makers and product designers typically start with a bare, single-board computer. They’re cheap, but starting with a bare board means spending more money and a lot of time — often a week or two — just getting the basics to work so you have something suitable to prototype with.

Kinoma Create is different

Kinoma Create is a new type of “plug-and-play” design tool. It comes fully assembled and ready for prototyping, and includes everything you need to start coding and seeing results fast.

What do we mean by “fast”? You’ll be at “hello world” within minutes of setup. You can connect your first sensor and display values on the screen within 30 minutes. Thanks to the software that powers Kinoma Create and the ability to talk to sensors with JavaScript, it’s as easy to read a sensor value as it is to use a variable.

At SXSW in Austin, we demonstrated fun, sophisticated projects built by makers who received their Kinoma Create just weeks before the show started.

What’s inside?

Inside Kinoma Create is a power efficient ARM CPU, Wi‑Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a capacitive color touch screen, and tons of I/O for sensors — all nicely integrated, all ready to go right out of the box.

The software’s just as important

At the heart of Kinoma Create is Kinoma Platform Runtime (KPR), drawing on our twelve years of experience building applications for consumer electronics in JavaScript. KPR delivers the performance you need for beautifully animated user interfaces. The simplicity of KPR makes it accessible to novice programmers, while its advanced architecture empowers professional programmers to deliver commercial products — like our own Kinoma Connect — more easily.

Kinoma Create comes with its own integrated development environment (IDE), Kinoma Studio, that includes lots of sample projects to adapt and learn from. Wireless debugging helps make that process a pleasure. And a great, built-in simulator lets you code and test even when your Kinoma Create isn’t nearby.

The same IDE lets you easily create Android and iOS “companion” apps for your creations, using the same exact platform — and the same code! — that you’ll use to develop with Kinoma Create.

Who is this for?

We designed and built the hardware and software together from scratch to help:

  • JavaScript developers become makers — Because it’s based on familiar JavaScript and XML, web front-end and Node.js developers will quickly feel right at home
  • Makers build projects with less hassle — You’ll be at “hello world” within an hour of unboxing, and can focus on the fun parts of your project instead of the drudgery of starting from zero
  • Product designers build prototypes and products faster — Not only can you rapidly create and test portable prototypes, but you can ship real consumer products on the same platform

Kinoma Create is designed to make this powerful hardware — combined with the best development software — available to everyone from first-time makers to professional product designers, so you can turn your own vision into a real product.

Maker to mainstream

Because Kinoma is part of Marvell, there’s a clear path to volume manufacturing from your prototype. We used Dragon Innovation to validate the manufacturing plan for Kinoma Create, and you can also work with them to review your prototype’s design, manufacturability, reliability and cost before you start your own crowdfunding campaign. They can also help you with manufacturing services such as factory selection and on-site project management.

$149

Shipping September 2014

Product Details

Kinoma Create

  • QVGA capacitive touch screen
  • 800 MHz ARM SoC (Marvell Aspen System‑on‑a‑Chip)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth wireless connectivity
  • USB 2.0, including USB OTG (On-The-Go)
  • 128 MB RAM, 16 MB SPI Flash
  • microSD slot
  • Speaker and microphone
  • Wired (USB) and wireless (with optional battery) power options
  • No breadboard required for many breakout-board-based sensors
  • Custom, lightweight Linux distribution to support the Kinoma platform
  • Digital input/output (20-36 GPIO, configurable), analog input (0-16, configurable), I2C (1 physical bus and two soft buses), UART (1 physical bus and 2 soft buses), PWM (3)

Kinoma Studio

  • Eclipse-based, JavaScript + XML development environment for Kinoma apps
  • Wireless debugging
  • Runs on Windows and Mac OS X
  • Create apps for iOS and Android as well as Kinoma Create — perfect for "companion apps" for your Kinoma creations
  • Includes a bunch of sample code

Kinoma Platform Runtime

  • The app and services platform at the heart of Kinoma Create
  • Develop compact, high-performance apps with JavaScript and XML
  • An incredible breadth and depth of standards-based services, including media support, network communication, discovery protocols, and lots more
  • Created by architects of QuickTime, Apple Media Tool, and iShell
  • Earlier generations of platform powered millions of consumer products
  • On track to be open-sourced in Q4 2014