Andruino, Intel – Node.js in Robotics, microcontrollers and Real Time communication with hardware

Real-time applications are novelty on the web (also in case web programming). Node.js thanks to its architecture (it is a platform and not the framework) allows you to create applications that allow to deliver information immediately. Here are some of the possible applications:
– Vehicle navigation systems (e.g. google map navigations)
– communications with I/O devices (e.g.: systems for smart homes, medical devices for diagnosis of patients)
– robotics and microcontroller
In this artice I’sgier-johnny-fivem going to focus on microcontrollers and robotics. Node is good at this and not just for web, but also other I/O heavy applications. Acronym for a this types of applications Node is designed as DIRT (Data Intensive-Real Time Applications). Node itself is very lightweight on I/O and it allows a server to hold open a number of connections while handling many requests and keeping a small memory footprint.
A very good example of a DIRTy application is Johnny-Five project created for Real Time solutions to applications in robotics, microcontrollers ( The Johhny-Five project uses Node for robotics applications, using event emitters to control Arduino microcontrollers.

Johnny-Five is the original JavaScript Robotics programming framework. Released by Bocoup in 2012, Johnny-Five is maintained by a community of passionate software developers and hardware engineers. Over 75 developers have made contributions towards building a robust, extensible and composable ecosystem. (source:

But not only Arduino microcontroller uses node.js. Giant computer hardware – Intel is seriously committed to research and work on microcontrollers to the cooperation with node.js ( The Intel® Galileo board is a microcontroller board based on the Intel® Quark SoC X1000 application processor, a 32-bit Intel® Pentium® brand system on a chip (SoC). It is the first board based on Intel® architecture designed to be hardware and software pin-compatible with shields designed for the Arduino Uno* R3.

Another projects involved in microcontrollers & node.js:

  • BeagleBone Black (
  • Tessel. (
  • Rasberry Pi (

Additionally, above-mentioned projects use Engine V8 as JS Runtime.


December 6th, 2015

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