Drag, Drop, Build.

It is absolutely magical to build electronics projects but it is incredibly difficult. What if you didn’t need hundreds of hours of experience or training to build them? It is 21st century and pretty much everyone have smartphones or tablets. While many other domains has been rethought in terms of mobile, hardware hacking and prototyping are still pursued on PCs. We want to transition this on to mobile.

Introducing GraspIO part hardware and part software with drag and drop way to program electronics using iPhone, iPad or Android. GraspIO is a smart development board that makes building electronics projects easy, fun and accessible. The big problem it solves is bringing the joy of building electronics and programming to kids and others who think technology is too difficult for them. It is a Wi-Fi enabled wonder that supports sensors, motors, displays, Arduino, camera, SD Card, Audio and more for the hacker in all of us.

Best of all GraspIO is ready for Internet of Things. Our GIO Cloud enables users to connect, build, deploy and control GraspIO devices over the internet right from smartphones or tablets.


Whether you are a self-learner getting started with electronics and programming, a DIYer curious about new tools, an educator who wants to demystify engineering, a Pro-Maker building robots, working on next connected project, or an entrepreneur with “maker to market” mindset, GraspIO is the platform that you can pick up and start programming instantly.

Boards like Arduino and Raspberry Pi are good but they still require knowledge of electronics and programming. With GraspIO plug-in boards for Arduino and Raspberry Pi we want to bring the same drag and drop programming interface to these devices making them accessible from smartphones and tablets.

We envision GraspIO as a platform to bring potential makers into the world of being creators, regardless of their age, gender, technical know-how. Robotics, sensor monitoring, Internet of Things or any other interactive project, building all these is now going to be simple and easy. Let’s engage in the hands on, innovation setting that leverages new tools, platforms and services to take ideas from dream to prototype to reality, thus enabling Maker Movement a DIY Renaissance.

Technical Specifications
GraspIO is based on two ATMega328 an 8-bit 16MHz controllers, each having 32KB of Flash, 2KB of SRAM, 14 digital I/O pins and 6 analog input pins. Many of its pins are mapped to ports for sensors, motors, displays etc. An on-board USR-Wi-Fi232-G module connects GraspIO to mobile devices wirelessly and is capable of playing the dual role of client and server through AP and STA modes respectively. Switching to STA mode connects it to the GIO Cloud, automatically enabling users to access it from anywhere over a secure environment, bringing the Internet of Things to the GraspIO.

A sensor that provides voltage output can be connected to any of the 3 Input ports, and it currently supports IR, temperature, moisture, light, flex, pot, switch and 11 touch electrodes. There is also a provision in the app to add custom sensor blocks. GraspIO has 8 ports for 5V Servos and two DC motor ports interfaced with a L293 dual full-bridge driver. It can drive the DC motors, controlling the speed and direction of each one independently. Big terminal blocks are also provided to easily hook up DC motor wires. Ports for 16*2 LCD, TFT LCD, serial camera, audio jack, SD card slot and the DC jack to power it are included. The board itself can be powered either by 6 AA batteries, or a 9V 1000mA AC Adapter.




GraspIO App




Shanmugha T S

Director - CEO

Kishore Varma K

Director - Hardware

GraspIO’s Co-founder and CEO, Shanmugha, embarked on his Maker journey during his college days when he participated in robotics competitions that garnered him various awards and recognitions. With a passion for sharing his knowledge, he started organizing Maker workshops on robotics at various educational institutions across India. This is where he met his co-founder Kishore, a pro maker. In the span of a year they trained more than 5000 students together. During these workshops they observed that many students with non-tech background were interested in electronics, robotics and interactive projects but were ignoring it because they lacked technical concepts.  

This led Shanmugha and Kishore to the idea an electronics platform that could be used by everyone – easily – regardless of age, gender or technical ability. With this mindset they started to build a mobile robot, but during the development phase they realized that it could restrict users creativity and imagination by limiting them to fixed functionalities. Later they decided to use the mobile-based technology to build development board resulting in GraspIO - Graphical Smart Program for IO.