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Arduino Esplora

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Arduino Esplora
Arduino Esplora

Arduino Esplora

This is a controller shaped board with onboard inputs and outputs that lets you explore

Now $39.99$59.99 USD

Product #: MKSP19

The Arduino Esplora is a ready-to-use, easy-to-hold controller that lets you explore the infinite possibilities you have in the world of Arduino, without having to deal with breadboards or soldering. Shaped like a game controller, it's designed to be used out of the box without extra parts since it comes with many sensors and actuators already attached.

The Esplora combines an Arduino-compatible processor with a light sensor, a temperature sensor, a 3-axis accelerometer, a joystick, a set of pushbuttons, a slider, an RGB LED, and a buzzer. It can emulate a mouse or keyboard, allowing you to create your own controller for musical software, 3D modeling tools, or even a word processor. It even comes pre-programmed with a game controller script, so you can plug it into your computer and start playing as soon as you open the box (requires the free Super Tux Cart videogame).

There is no limit to the applications you can program  amusing, educational, useful. You can even add a couple of extra sensors and actuators if you need them. The Esplora is 100% Arduino software compatible but doesn't provide Arduino Shield connectors (i.e. it can't be used with Arduino Shields directly).

The Esplora also features support of a future color LCD module that can used to create your own video game console!
Analog joystick
4 pushbuttons
Linear potentiometer
Microphone
Light sensor
Temperature sensor
3-axis accelerometer
Piezo Buzzer
2 TinkerKit inputs and outputs
TFT Display Connector
The Arduino Esplora is a microcontroller board derived from the Arduino Leonardo. The Esplora differs from all preceding boards in that it provides a built-in, ready-to-use set of onboard sensors, targeted for user interaction.
Like the Arduino Leonardo it has a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a micro USB connection, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable to get started.
The Esplora has built-in USB communication, therefore it can appear to a connected computer as a mouse and keyboard, in addition to a virtual (CDC) serial / COM port. It also has other implications for the behavior of the board; these are detailed on the getting started page.
Technical specifications:
  • Microcontroller ATmega32u4
  • Operating Voltage 5V
  • Flash Memory - 32 KB of which 4 KB used by bootloader
  • SRAM - 2.5 KB
  • EEPROM - 1 KB
  • Clock Speed - 16 MHz