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Arduino Esplora Controller Board

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About this product

Overview

  • Start your electronics and coding projects with the user friendly, open-source Arduino Esplora
  • Socket for a LCD TFT screen readily available
  • Powered directly from micro USB

Product overview

• Start your electronics and coding projects with the user friendly, open-source Arduino Esplora
• Socket for a LCD TFT screen readily available
• Powered directly from micro USB
• Great range of various components already built in
• Using Arduino has never been easier, with thousands of tips, tricks and guides readily available online

Reasons to pick the Arduino Esplora
The Arduino Esplora, based on one of the most commonly used Open-Source Arduino bards. Start any electronics or coding projects readily available online in the huge Maker community, or design a project yourself. The Arduino Esplora provides many of the much needed inputs and outputs to be used immediately as the remote for any of your electronics projects. Prebuilt into the Arduino Esplora are: an Analogue joystick, 4 buttons on the right hand side, a microphone and a buzzer, among many components.

The best bit about the Arduino Esplora is that where it comes so readily prepared and resembles a standard games controller. You can plug the Esplora board into your computer and use it as a gamepad or controller, or you can even snap in a screen, upload a readily available script, and start gaming!

Connections and Expansion
Where the board lacks in shield compatibility, it makes up for in what is already provided, as well as still offering TinkerKit Input and output connections, as well as a socket for an LCD TFT. Should you choose to use the Arduino Esplora with an LCD TFT, you can make use of the built in Lux sensor, enabling you to automatically dim the display, or brighten it up depending on the light levels.

Tinkerkits are "Ready to Go" components, avoiding the need to use breadboards, breakout boards or soldering to connect them, so all you have to do is snap them in, and set up the relevant code so the Arduino Esplora knows what’s plugged in and how to control them. You can view a range of the TinkerKit components for the Arduino Esplora here.

What will you make?
With the ever expanding range of tutorial guides available, you can start by telling a single LED to flash, or control a stepper motor’s speed and direction. Using coding languages called C/C++, these skills easily translate to most general software languages, so with this you’ll be learning a lot more than electronics.

With the gamepad like structure of the Arduino Esplora, you can plug it into your computer and use it as a normal game control pad, or even plug in an LCD TFT and play pong on the go. The LCD TFT for the Arduino Esplora has many capabilities, using the screen modules built in MicroSD socket, you can store photos to view back, and scroll through using the analogue joystick. You may choose to use the Arduino Esplora to control other external devices, like a PTZ I.P. Camera, and utilise the buttons as a "Take Picture" button.

Ease of use
With the ever expanding range of tutorial guides available, you can start by telling a single LED to flash, or to tell a thousand LEDs to draw you a picture. Using coding languages called C/C++, these skills easily translate to most general software languages, so with this you’ll be learning a lot more than electronics.

Using the Arduino IDE Software, it will allow you to very easily update your Arduino board with the code you’ve prepared, making the transfer seamless, it will even let you know whether your code makes sense and will work before you even upload it.

Examples
Start by;
using the Ardiuno Esplora to replace your computers mouse,
snap in a LCD TFT and play Pong!
you can fly around using google earth,
or even make your own wirelessly controlled robot with camera.


Arduino IDE software is needed to program an Arduino, it’s not in the box. Download from here: http://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
Works on Mac, Windows and Linux based computers including Raspberry Pi's Rasbian software

Arduino's site.
http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/HomePage
http://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/HomePage
http://playground.arduino.cc/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Projects/"

Specification

Specifications
Processing
Micro Controller ATmega32u4
CPU Clock Speed 16 MHz
Power
Operating Voltage 5
Input Voltage 5
Connections
Digital IO/PWM 9/2
Analogue In 1
ICSP 1x6
UART 0
IDE
Programming interface USB
USB Serial Controller USB-Micro
Other
Flash Memory 32 KB-(4 KB Occupied)
Board Version (if applicable) N/A
Special Features Analogue joystick
4 push-buttons
Linear potentiometer slider
Light sensor
Light sensor
Temperature sensor
Buzzer
RGB LED
Connectivity x2 TinkerKit Inputs
x2 TinkerKit Outputs
TFT LCD connector
Size
Dimensions 165.1 mm x 60.98 mm

Does this connect to an Arduino Uno or does it completely replace it and connect directly to a computer through the USB connector?

Asked by: arfer
This would connect via the Uno.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2015-07-17
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