Reminiscent of the SNES & PS Gamepad without the casing the Esplora board features an analog joystick on the left and four pushbuttons on the right.
The is a microcontroller board based on the Arduino Leonardo. The in unique to previous board from Arduino as it has built in onboard sensors for you to utilise without make additional purchases. The best thing out the is that it is designed for everyone from complete novices to seasoned veterans. Getting you first project off the ground should take minutes rather than days.....hopefully
The uses an Atmega32U4 AVR microcontroller with 16 MHz crystal oscillator, which is the same as the Leonardo board, plus a micro USB connection capable of acting as a USB client device, like a mouse or a keyboard in included.
- Analog joystick with central push-button
- 4 push-buttons laid out game console style.
- Linear potentiometer slider
- Light sensor
- Temperature sensor
- Three-axis accelerometer
- Buzzer can produce square-waves.
- RGB led bright LED with Red Green and Blue elements for colour mixing.
- 2 TinkerKit Inputs to connect the TinkerKit sensor modules with the 3-pin connectors.
- 2 TinkerKit Outputs to connect the TinkerKit actuator modules with the 3-pin connectors.
- TFT display connector connector for an optional colour LCD screen, SD card, or other devices that use the SPI protocol.
- Microcontroller: ATmega32u4
- Voltage: 5V
- Flash Memory: 32KB of which 4KB is used by the bootloader
- SRAM: 2.5K
- EEPROM: 1KB
- Clock Speed: 16MHz
Schematics & Reference Design
- EAGLE files: Attach:arduino-esplora-reference-design.zip
- Schematic: Attach:arduino-esplora-schematic.pdf
- View the using CadSoft EAGLE
Fancy trying out the Esplora for FREE in exchange for a product review - Enrol in our latest RoadTest before the 5th August
Edit: Are you based in the UK? Arduino Esplora is now available from CPC