from Elector: Esplora

Andre Kesteloot andre.kesteloot at
Fri Dec 14 10:45:33 CST 2012

  New from Arduino: Esplora

Publication date: 13 December 2012

Regarding Arduino, it can't really be easier. Every time the Arduino 
team is about to release a new board, we expect something great in terms 
of better specs, more I/Os, a faster processor, maybe more memory... or 
well, just something to "fill the gap", such as small-scale versions. 
But we wouldn't expect something even easier. Wait... here comes "Esplora"!

  The brand new Esplora consists of a gamepad shaped development board 
including an Arduino-compatible ATmega32u4, a light sensor, a 
temperature sensor, an accelerometer, a joystick, some pushbuttons, a 
slider, an RGB LED and a buzzer. A quick look to the wide range of 
gaming applications made with the different Arduino products over the 
World makes easy to understand the target of Esplora. It is provided as 
a ready-to-use solution for those who don't want to deal with soldering 
or prototyping by means of discrete components. In fact, it comes 
pre-programmed with a controller script, so we will only have to connect 
it to the PC, download the free game "Super Tux Cart", and have fun. 
Besides, an additional color LCD will be released soon in order to 
create our own portable console. The only flaw is that standard Arduino 
shields cannot be connected directly, mainly because of space 
limitations, but the board itself includes enough features to make it 
interesting already.

  Esplora seems like a pretty complete way to implement a controller for 
almost any application we could think of. In our case, I'm sure it will 
bring back nice memories when we were too young for the soldering iron, 
but not for the gamepad!

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