Cylon adaptor for the Spark core device

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Cylon.js For Spark

Cylon.js ( is a JavaScript framework for robotics and physical computing using Node.js

This module provides an adaptor for the Spark core device using the built-in Tinker protocol (

Want to use Ruby on robots? Check out our sister project Artoo (

Want to use the Go programming language to power your robots? Check out our sister project Gobot (

Build Status

Getting Started

Install the module with: npm install cylon-spark



$ cylon spark upload [access_token] [device_id] new_firmware.cpp

The cylon spark upload command can help if you want to upload new source code to your Spark Core.

For more information on how to program your Spark, please see Spark's examples.

You'll need your access_token and device_id to push new software to your Spark, and you can get both of these from Spark's Build tool.

  • access_token: In the Build tool, click on the Settings cog in the bottom-left corner to find your access token.
  • device_id: After you have your Spark Core registered to your account through the Tinker app, click on the Cores section (just above the Settings cog) on the Build tool. Then, click on the arrow next to your core's name to get its device ID.



var Cylon = require('cylon');

// Initialize the robot
  connection: { name: 'spark', adaptor: 'spark', accessToken: 'XYZPDQ123', deviceId: '123ABC456' },
  device: {name: 'led', driver: 'led', pin: 'D0'},

  work: function(my) {
    every((1).second(), function() {my.led.toggle()});


Cylon = require('cylon')

# Initialize the robot
    name: 'spark', adaptor: 'spark', accessToken: 'XYZPDQ123', deviceId: '123ABC456'

    name: 'led', driver: 'led', pin: 'D0'

  work: (my) ->
    every 1.second(), -> my.led.toggle()



We're busy adding documentation to our web site at please check there as we continue to work on Cylon.js

Thank you!


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  • Take care to maintain the existing coding style.
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Release History

Version 0.7.0 - Release for cylon 0.12.0

Version 0.6.0 - Release for cylon 0.11.2, Add support for server side events, user defined functions, variables and a firmware upload cli command

Version 0.5.0 - Release for cylon 0.11.0, refactor into pure JavaScript

Version 0.4.0 - Release for cylon 0.10.0

Version 0.3.0 - Release for cylon 0.9.0

Version 0.2.0 - Release for cylon 0.8.0

Version 0.1.0 - Initial release


Copyright (c) 2013-2014 The Hybrid Group. Licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.

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