[Johnny-Five](http://johnny-five.io/) is an Open Source Robotics and IoT platform based on the [IO-Plugin protocol](https://github.com/rwaldron/io-plugins). Released by [Bocoup](https://bocoup.com/) 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.
The on-line Experiment Guide for the J5IK (that will be released when the kit starts shipping) contains step by step instructions of how to connect each circuit with the included parts. Full example code is provided and explained and even includes troubleshooting tips if something goes wrong.
The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for anyone comfortable learning new programming languages or if you are looking for an alternative to the original SparkFun Inventorâ€™s Kit.