We’ve already seen ESP32 platforms with a color display such as M5Stack, but MorphESP 240 is kind of cute with a 1.3-inch color display, features the more recent ESP32-S2 WiFi processor, and supports battery power & charging.
MorphESP 240 specifications:
- Wireless Module – ESP32-S2-WROOM with Espressif Systems ESP32-S2 single-core 32-bit Xtensa LX7 microprocessor up to 240 MHz with 128 KB ROM, 320 KB SRAM, 16 KB SRAM in RTC, 4MB SPI flash, 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity
- Display – Onboard 1.3-inch ST7789 display with 240 x 240 resolution, connected over SPI
- USB – 1x Micro USB port for power/charging and programming
- Expansion – 16-pin and 24-pin headers with GPIO, I2C, UART, SPI, USB, and power signals
- Misc – WS2812B RGB LED connected to IO16, Reset button, boot mode switch, battery on/off switch
- Power Supply
- 5 V to 3.3 V regulator to feed additional modules
- JST connector for a battery plus a USB charging module
- Dimensions – 89 x 28 x 6 mm
- Weight – 20 grams
MorphESP 240 can be programmed with the Arduino IDE and CircuitPython, and as an open-source hardware board, the KiCad design files (schematics, PCB layout, etc…), the DXF, STL, and Solidworks files to laser-cut or 3D print the acrylic enclosure, and an Arduino sample code can all be found on Github.
Morpheus expects the board to be used for IoT gateways, sensor networks, test and measurement equipment, wireless input devices, radio communication platforms, media streaming appliances, imaging technologies, and prototyping projects.
While the eventual goal of the company is to sell 10 million units (and clearly achieve world domination!), they’ve set a smaller $9,500 target on Crowd Supply. MorphESP 240 is offered for $39 on the crowdfunding platform. Shipping is free to the US, and $9 to the rest of the world with delivery scheduled for the end of March 2021. They’ve also defined stretch goals with a free breadboard-friendly adapter if they reach 1,000 backers, and a free acrylic enclosure with over 2,000 backers.
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