Arduino Esplora comprehensive dev kit geared toward beginners

Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 in Arduino, open source by the machinegeek

Beginners to the MCU scene may want to check out the Arduino Esplora. This new board design is open source and based on the Arduino Leonardo. The Leonardo’s ATmega32u4 is augmented by the inclusion of a number of on-board peripherals, including a microphone, LDR, accelerometer, potentiometer, analog joystick, temperature sensor and sound and light output interfaces. The design is rounded out by two Tinkerkit input and output connectors along with a socket for a color TFT LCD screen.

The board is designed to be simple to use, and detailed instructions are available to help newcomers to MCUs and the Arduino platform learn and develop programming skills without the need to solder or find and install compatible peripherals. All this comes at a list price of $58 for the Esplora, which will initially be sold only through Radio Shack. (We could find no listing on their website.)

For more information, view the Esplora getting started page.

Via the Arduino blog.

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