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ESP32 dev kit includes touchscreen and optional thermal imaging

Oct 15, 2022 — by Giorgio Mendoza 1,003 views

GroupGets recently featured the gCore development kit designed for portable GUI-based applications. The dev kit is also compatible with an expansion board and a Teledyne FLIR Lepton FS to obtain thermal imaging capabilities.

The MCU found on the gCore is the ESP32 WRover-B from Expressif Systems. This ESP32 module features two cores with an adjustable clock frequency ranging from 80-240MHz along with 16MB of PSRAM and 16MB of Flash. For external storage, the dev kit includes a MicroSD slot with 4-bit mode data interface for high data transfer. 


gCore block diagram
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The display is a 3.5” TFT LCD (480 x 320) with resistive touch support. The gCore also includes a high-speed SPI bus to 8-bit parallel interface which enables the LCD controller with fast refresh rate. There is also a dimmable backlight controller to adjust the brightness of the LCD.

gCore specs
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Other peripherals found on the gCore are a true USB power-bath Li-ion battery charger, a USB-UART bridge with intelligent charging, a 3.3V boost-buck converter, and a soft power control button. Additionally, the dev kit has battery voltage detection and charge state detection features.  

gCore capabilities demo
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Documentation including Arduino examples, STL enclosure files, etc.  can be found in this GitHub repo. There is also a Hackaday page with additional information related to the gCore development.  The GUI library is based on the open-source LVGL graphics library.

The gCore is also compatible with the tCam-Mini Rev4 (expansion board) and a Teledyne FLIR Lepton FS camera. The developer company also pledged to provide source code demonstrating the thermal imaging feature. 

 Specifications listed for the gCore Dev Board include:

  • Processor System:
    • ESP32 WRover-B MCU, 2-cores (up to 240MHz)
  • Memory/Storage:
    • 16MB PSRAM
    • 16MB Flash
    • 1x MicroSD card reader
  • Display:
    • TFT 3.5″ 480×320 Touchscreen
  • Camera:
    • Teledyne FLIR Lepton FS (optional)
    • Teledyne FLIR Lepton 3.5 (optional)
  • Connectivity:
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth 4.2 
  • USB:
    • 1x USB Type-C
  • I/O Peripherals:
    • 1x Qwicc I2C expansion 
    • Expansion header
  • Other Features:
  • Software:
    • Arduino 
    • Espressif IDF
  • Dimensions:
    • 95 x 69 x 11mm

 Further information

The gCore campaign was launched very recently on GroupGets and it’s available for $159.0. The tCam-Mini Rev4 is listed for $79.99 while the Teledyne FLIR Lepton FS is available for $109.0. There is also a FDM enclosure which costs around ~$29.99 but the enclosure STL files are also available in the GitHub repo provided.

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One response to “ESP32 dev kit includes touchscreen and optional thermal imaging”

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