- The Arduino Esplora is a micro-controller board derived from the Arduino Leonardo.
- The Esplora differs from all preceding Arduino boards in that it provides a number of built-in, ready-to-use set of onboard sensors for interaction.
- It’s designed for people who want to get up and running with Arduino without having to learn about the electronics first.
- For a step-by-step introduction to the Esplora, check out the Getting Started with Esplora guide.
- The Esplora has onboard sound and light outputs, and several input sensors, including a joystick, a slider, a temperature sensor, an accelerometer, a microphone, and a light sensor. It also has the potential to expand its capabilities with two Tinkerkit input and output connectors, and a socket for a color TFT LCD screen.
- Like the Leonardo board, the Esplora uses an Atmega32U4 AVR microcontroller with 16 MHzcrystal oscillator and a micro USB connection capable of acting as a USB client device, like a mouse or a keyboard, in addition to a virtual (CDC) serial / COM port.
- This has other implications for the behavior of the board In the upper left corner of the board there is a reset pushbutton, that you can use to restart the board.
There are four status LEDS :
- ON [green] indicates whether the board is receiving power supply
- L [yellow] connected directly to the micro-controller, accessible through pin 13
- RX and TX [yellow] indicates the data being transmitted or received over the USB communication
- The board contains everything needed to support the micro-controller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable to get started.
The Esplora has the following on-board inputs and outputs :
- Analog joystick with central push-button two axis (X and Y) and a center pushbutton.
- 4 push-buttons laid out in a diamond pattern.
- Linear potentiometer slider near the bottom of the board.
- Microphone for getting the loudness (amplitude) of the surrounding environment.
- Light sensor for getting the brightness.
- Temperature sensor reads the ambient temperature
- Three-axis accelerometer measures the board’s relation to gravity on three axes (X, Y, and Z)
- Buzzer can produce square-waves.
- RGB led bright LED with Red Green and Blue elements for color 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 color LCD screen, SD card, or other devices that use the SPI protocol.
- In order to utilize the total number of available sensors, the board uses an analog multiplexer.
- This means a single analog input of the micro-controller is shared among all the input channels (except the 3-axis accelerometer).
- Four additional micro-controller pins choose which channel to read.
|Flash Memory||32 KB of which 4 KB used by bootloader|
|Clock Speed||16 MHz|
- Robot remote control
- PC control like a keyboard or mouse
- play games on PC
Package Included: 1x Arduino Esplora (Micro Usb not Included)