Tokymaker – microcomputer

Tokymaker is a microcomputer compatible with the analogic sensors.

A microcomputer is a small computer with a microprocessor as its central processing unit (CPU). It includes a microprocessor, memory, and minimal input/output circuitry mounted on a single printed circuit board.

Inputs and Outputs

We have Inputs this are the sensors. They get information from the environment.
The Outputs are the actuators. They create an action based on your code. It is the way to interact with the world!
Tokymaker has the easiest approach to include electronics in your projects.

Board description

In this chapter, we will learn about the different components on the Tokymaker

1.Power USB
Tokymaker can be powered by using the USB cable from your computer or USB charger. All you need to do is connect the USB cable to the USB connection (1).

2. Other Power Supply
Tokymaker can be powered from batteries

3. Power Button
With this button we can turn the Tokymaker ON or OFF.

4.Inputs
The Tokymaker has 3 analog inputs. These pins can read the signal from an analog sensor like a rotation sensor and convert it into a value from 0 until 100 that can be read by the microprocessor.

5.Button A and B
You could connect a button to any of the Inputs, but Tokymaker has already two physical buttons embedded.

6.Sonar sensor
Tokymaker also have a input connection for a Sonar Sensor. This Sonar Sensor can read a distance between the sensor and a object.

7.Onboard LED
Without light we aren’t able to see. So that’s why there is a on-board LED included in the Tokymaker. It can show every colour that you want.

8.Touch Pad
Tokymaker also counts with three touch pads that act as a button in the same way as Buttons A and B.

9.Screen
The integrated screen can show text, lines, dotes,…

10.Outputs
The Tokymaker has 3 analog outputs. You can program these pins so an actuators like a servo motor can react on that signal (0-100).

Programming

Learn to code your own prototypes using the simple visual coding interface on our website.
The programming is created by drag and drop of blocs!
The uploading is done with the Web Bluetooth Technology. This means we don’t need a cable and plug-in anymore!
Furthermore we are cross-platform.

Installation

After learning about the main parts of the Tokymaker we are ready to set up the programming. Once we learn this, we will be ready to upload our program on the Tokymaker.

Step 1: Power up your board.
The Tokymaker automatically draw power from either, the USB connection to the computer or an external power supply.
The power Button is selected with a jumper, a small piece of plastic that fits left to the power supply.

Step 2 : Compatibility
The uploading to your Tokymaker is only compatible with the following combinations :

  • Mac AND Google Chrome
  • Every device of Android version 6.0+ AND Google Chroome
  • Windows 10 (if you install the extensions) AND Google Chrome

Step 3 : Bluetooth & WiFi
Make sure that the Bluetooth of your tablet / computer / smartphone is on

Step 4 : Programming
Go to the website : www.create/tokylabs.com
This website is the IDE of the Tokymaker. Here we can program our Tokymaker.

Let’s try :
Drag a “Loop” block place in in the middle of the screen. Drag and drop 3 blocks : Screen: clear, Screen: print and Screen: display.
In the Screen: print block jou can write “Hello”.
If you are done click on the Bluetooth emblem, connect with your Tokymaker and click connect.
Compile afterwards by clicking on the Play emblem.
Now your Tokymaker is compiling.
When this is done there should be “Hello” on the screen of your Tokymaker.

In the video on the left, you can see it as well.

 

If you want to learn more. Go to “Downloads” Tapblad and sign in with the passsword : “IMAKESTUFF” and download the Block Index.

Amazing gadget! I got it as a present from a friend and I’m still amazed. It only took me about an hour to assemble, and now I’m experimenting with its possibilities. Kudos! Héctor

Maker in Residence at Zer0 Lab, Hackacademy