10 Uses for Nvidia Jetson Nano Developer Kit

What can you build with the Nvidia Jetson Nano? Here are some example projects for you!

Nvidia Jetson Nano Developer Kit is a small (80×100) yet powerful computer that was launched in March 2019 by Nvidia and is growing in popularity. I was able to get one in April 2019 and immediately put it to work. One question that I get from people is : what can you do with this board? In this post I’d like to answer that question and inspire makers to use this board. First, let’s take a look at the board specs of the Jetson Nano and its carrier board (Developer Kit):

System on Module specs:
128-core Maxwell GPU,
quad-core ARM A57 64-bit CPU,
4GB LPDDR4 memory,
MIPI CSI-2
PCIe Gen2 high-speed I/O
472 GFLOPS of FP16 compute performance

Developer Kit Ports and interfaces:
4x USB 3.0 A (Host)
USB 2.0 Micro B (Device)
MIPI CSI-2 x2 (15-position Camera Flex Connector)
HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort
Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
M.2 Key-E with PCIe x1
MicroSD card slot
(3x) I2C, (2x) SPI, UART, I2S, GPIOs

In order to make the board useful, I had to do some shopping for MicroSD card, power supply, keyboard and mouse, and some other peripherals. I’ve put together a shopping list that should make it easy for you to set it up as well:

Shopping list for the Jetson Nano


When you have the board all set up, what can you do with it? Here’s a list of some of the popular use cases for a small but powerful computer like the Jetson Nano Developer Kit:

  1. Run a web server
  2. Video Processing and Live Streaming server
  3. Low End Gaming Computer or Arcade computer
  4. Everyday use computer (create documents, browse internet)
  5. Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning station (AI & ML)
  6. Network Attached Storage (NAS)
  7. Media Server for your home media
  8. Security Camera System
  9. Autonomous car or robot brain
  10. Interactive Installation brain

In my next post, I will explain in more detail about the first 3 use cases on this list. Stay tuned!

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