Tokymaker – microcomputer

Tokymaker is a microcomputer.  You may wonder: Well, what does this mean?

There are 4 main components that make up any computer:

  1. The Processor – this is usually a small chip inside the computer, and it’s how the computer processes and transforms information. Has anyone heard of the term “CPU”? CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. You can think of the processor as the Brains of the computer – the faster the processor, the more quickly the computer can think.
  2. The Memory – this is how the computer remembers things. There are two types of memory:
    • RAM (random access memory) – you can think of this as the computer’s short-term memory
    • Storage (also referred to as the “hard drive”) – this is the computer’s long-term memory, where it can store information even when power is turned off
  3. Inputs – this is how a computer takes in information from the world. On humans, our input comes in through our senses, such as our ears and eyes. What are some classic Computer Inputs? Keyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen, Camera, Microphone, Game Controller, Scanner.
  4. Outputs – this is how a computer displays or communicates information. On humans, we communicate information by using our mouths when we talk. What are some examples of communication that don’t involve talking? Blushing, sign language. What are some examples of classic Computer outputs? Monitor/Screen, Headphones/Speakers, Printer.

But Tokymaker is not a classic computer. Why? Because the Inputs and Outputs are very different and interesting! Keep reading.

 

Inputs and Outputs

Tokymaker’s inputs are Sensors, like light, sound, movement, temperature, acceleration, humidity, magnetic field, tilt, touch, level of water, rotation, and much much more. All of them receive information from the environment.
The Outputs are the actuators: speakers, motors, screens, lights, water pump, vibrators and more. 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 tech projects. Something you can not do with a classical computer

So this microcomputer allows you to do physical tech projects that you can’t do with a classical computer!

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 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 a set of analog inputs. These pins can read the signal from an analog sensor like a rotation sensor and convert it into a value that can be read by the Tokymaker.

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, dots,…

10.Outputs
The Tokymaker has a set of outputs. You can program these pins so an actuator like a servo motor, a speaker or a light can react on that value.

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.

Step by Step

Step 1: POWER UP YOUR TOKYMAKER.
The Tokymaker automatically draw power from the batteies 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 Chrome
  • Windows 10 throught this software: link
Step 3 : BLUETOOTH AND WIFI
Make sure that the Wifi and Bluetooth of your tablet / computer / smartphone is on
Step 4 : CODE!
Go to the website : www.create.tokylabs.com
This website is the IDE of the Tokymaker. Here we can program it.

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 you can write “Hello”.
If you are done click on the Bluetooth button at the top bar of the screen, select your Tokymaker and click connect.
Compile afterwards by clicking on the Play button.
Now your Tokymaker is “compiling…” Wait until you see “Sent 100%”
When this is done there should be “Hello” on the screen of your Tokymaker.

In the video above, you can see it as well.

If you want to learn more. Go to “Downloads” and select on “Tokylabs Lessons” to get a course with the basics. The workbook is for student and the teacher tutorial has the answers to the lessons.

To explore fun projects from the community, simply click on “Community” and enjoy 🙂

Have fun and send us an email to hello@tokylabs.com  if you have any question!