ThingPulse “ESP32 WiFi Color Display Kit Grande” is an IoT soldering kit based on the company’s ePulse Feather low-power ESP32 development board and a 3.5-inch 320×480 color TFT display with a capacitive touch interface.
The kit can be used for all sorts of touchscreen display applications, including an Internet-connected weather station or a Bluetooth-connected Windows, Linux, or Mac OS information display.
ESP32 WiFi Color Display Kit Grande content:
- ePulse Feather low-power ESP32 development board with 8MB Flash and 8MB SPRAM following Adafruit’s Feather form factor
- 3.5-inch 320×480 color TFT display (ILI9488 display controller) with capacitive touch Interface (FT6236 chip)
- Custom connector PCB to connect the ESP32 and the display
- Set of special pin headers to be soldered to the connector PCB
- On-off switch to be optionally soldered to the connector PCB
- Grove connector to be optionally soldered to the connector PCB
- 4x double-sided foam adhesive to secure the display to the PCB
ThingPulse provides a detailed guide showing how to solder and assemble the Color Grande Kit. You’ll also need to get a USB Type-C cable to power the kit. The guide also includes instructions to reproduce the Internet-connected weather station, also known as the “Weather Station Touch project”, as shown in the first image. They are working with the PlatformIO development environment in Visual Studio Code, and you’ll find the source code on GitHub.
Besides the weather station project, ThingPulse also ported an LVGL sample application to the platform and notes the hardware is compatible with the FreeTouchDeck project used for interfacing with Windows, macOS, and Linux using an ESP32 and a touchscreen display.
ThingPulse is selling the ESP32 WiFi Color Kit Grande IoT soldering kit on their online store for $39 plus shipping.
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