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If you've never programmed before at all, there are some walk you through the basics of how to program an Arduino. There are also examples specific to the Esplora that demonstrate the use of the onboard peripherals. Try to open and upload them, and see how they work.

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If you've never programmed before at all, there are more examples included with the IDE to show you some of the basic programming structures. Note that these examples will need to be modified a bit to work with the Esplora, however. You'll need to include the Esplora library by choosing Import Library... -> Esplora from the Tools menu, and you'll need to change the general Arduino inputs and outputs for the Esplora inputs and outputs. For more on this, see the Guide to using Esplora with the Arduino Examples

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Note: If you do not see the EsploraBlink example, you may need to update the Esplora library. To do this, quit the Arduini IDE and download this .zip file. When you unzip it, you'll have a folder called Esplora. Look in your Documents folder (on OSX or Ubuntu) or My Documents folder (on Windows) for the Arduino sketches folder. It will be called "Arduino" and there should be a folder inside called "libraries". If not, create a libraries folder inside the sketches folder. Move the Esplora folder into the libraries folder. Then re-start the Arduino IDE. Now you should be able to open the EsploraBlink sketch as described above.

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Note: If you do not see the EsploraBlink example, you may need to update the Esplora library. To do this, quit the Arduino IDE and download this .zip file. When you unzip it, you'll have a folder called Esplora. Look in your Documents folder (on OSX or Ubuntu) or My Documents folder (on Windows) for the Arduino sketches folder. It will be called "Arduino" and there should be a folder inside called "libraries". If not, create a libraries folder inside the sketches folder. Move the Esplora folder into the libraries folder. Then re-start the Arduino IDE. Now you should be able to open the EsploraBlink sketch as described above.

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A few seconds after the upload finishes, you should see the yellow LED "L" on the board start to blink. If it does, congratulations! You've gotten Esplora up-and-running.

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A few seconds after the upload finishes, you should see the yellow RGB LED on the board start to blink, changing color from red to green to blue to yellow to cyan to magenta to white. If it does, congratulations! You've gotten Esplora up and running.

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Now that you've verified that the Esplora can connect to your computer and you can upload code, it's time to try a few of its functions.

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Now that you've verified that the Esplora can connect to your computer and you can upload code, it's time to try a few of its functions. The Esplora has input sensors, which you get information from using read commands, and output actuators, which you control using write commands. The RGB LED and the buzzer are the two main output actuators. The joystick, linear potentiometer slider, microphone, accelerometer, temperature sensor, and pushbuttons are the input sensors. You can also add your own inputs and outputs using the TinkerKit input and output connectors.

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Copy the code below, and paste it into the Arduino IDE. Make sure you have the right serial port and the Esplora board selected, as you did previously. Plug your board in and upload the code. Once it is uploaded, you should see the lights flashing.

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The sketch below is similar to the EsploraBlink example, but controls the LED in a slightly different way. You can either use the Esplora.writeRGB() command, and give it red, green, and blue values like so:

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Inputs on the Esplora give you values between 0 and 1023. The LED output ranges from 0 to 255. To get the value from the input to scale to the value for the output, you'll divide the input by 4. This new number will be the brightness level of the LED.

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Inputs on the Esplora give you values between 0 and 1023, except the pushbuttons, which give you 0 or 1. Outputs don't have the same range, however. The LED output ranges from 0 to 255. To get the value from the input to scale to the value for the output, you'll divide the input by 4. This new number will be the brightness level of the LED.

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There are a number of example sketches in the File -> Examples that walk you through the basics of how to program an Arduino. There are also examples specific to the Esplora that demonstrate the use of the onboard peripherals. Try to open and upload them, and see how they work.

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There are a number of example sketches in the File -> Examples -> Esplora that show you more of what you can do with your Esplora. They're divided into examples for programming Beginners or Experts. If you're just getting started in programming, or you want to see how to use one input or output at a time, start with the Beginners examples. If you're an experienced programmer, then the Advanced examples will give you some more ideas.

If you've never programmed before at all, there are some walk you through the basics of how to program an Arduino. There are also examples specific to the Esplora that demonstrate the use of the onboard peripherals. Try to open and upload them, and see how they work.

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Note: If you do not see the EsploraBlink example, you may need to update the Esplora library. To do this, quit the Arduini IDE and download this .zip file. When you unzip it, you'll have a folder called Esplora. Look in your Documents folder (on OSX or Ubuntu) or My Documents folder (on Windows) for the Arduino sketches folder. It will be called "Arduino" and there should be a folder inside called "libraries". If not, create a libraries folder inside the sketches folder. Move the Esplora folder into the libraries folder. Then re-start the Arduino IDE. Now you should be able to open the EsploraBlink sketch as described above.

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Note: If you do not see the EsploraBlink example, you may need to update the Esplora library. To do this, quit the Arduini IDE and download this .zip file. When you unzip it, you'll have a folder called Esplora. Look in your Documents folder (on OSX or Ubuntu) or My Documents folder (on Windows) for the Arduino sketches folder. It will be called "Arduino" and there should be a folder inside called "libraries". If not, create a libraries folder inside the sketches folder. Move the Esplora folder into the libraries folder. Then re-start the Arduino IDE. Now you should be able to open the EsploraBlink sketch as described above.

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Open the Blink example

Open the LED Blink example sketch: File > Examples > 1.Basics > Blink.

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Open the Esplora Blink example

Open the LED Blink example sketch: File > Examples > Esplora > Beginners > EsploraBlink.

Note: If you do not see the EsploraBlink example, you may need to update the Esplora library. To do this, quit the Arduini IDE and download this .zip file. When you unzip it, you'll have a folder called Esplora. Look in your Documents folder (on OSX or Ubuntu) or My Documents folder (on Windows) for the Arduino sketches folder. It will be called "Arduino" and there should be a folder inside called "libraries". If not, create a libraries folder inside the sketches folder. Move the Esplora folder into the libraries folder. Then re-start the Arduino IDE. Now you should be able to open the EsploraBlink sketch as described above.

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With the Esplora, you can write software that takes information from the inputs and use that to control the outputs on the board, or control your computer, just like a mouse or keyboard would.

This will take you through the process of connecting the Esplora board to your computer and uploading an Arduino program, called a sketch.

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With the Esplora, you can write software that takes information from the inputs and use that to control the outputs on the board, or control your computer, just like a mouse or keyboard would.

The Esplora is different from all previous Arduino boards, in that it has inputs and outputs already connected to the board. This means that you don't need to know how to connect electronic sensors or actuators to use it as a result. As a result, programming for it is a bit different than for other Arduino boards. It has its own library that makes it easier to read from the input sensors and write to the output actuators. You'll see how to use the library in this guide and in the Esplora library reference pages as well.

This guide will take you through the process of connecting the Esplora board to your computer and uploading an Arduino program, called a sketch.

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You also need a proper Micro-USB cable ("A" plug to "Micro-B" plug type). Some mobile phones or portable music players use this kind of cable to transfer data to/from the PC, so you might already own one of them.

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You also need a proper Micro-USB cable ("A" plug to "Micro-B" plug type). Some mobile phones or portable music players use this kind of cable to transfer data to/from the PC, so you might already own one of them. This is different from a USB-Mini cable in that it's a slimmer connector. You can see the differences here (the connector you need is the one on the left in this photo.

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Get the latest version of the Arduino IDE from the download page.

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Get the latest version of the Arduino IDE from the download page. You'll need version 1.0.3 or later of the Arduino IDE.

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The text of the Arduino getting started guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. Code samples in the guide are released into the public domain. \\

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Now that you've verified that the Esplora can connect to your computer and you can upload code, it's time to try soem functionality that is specific to the board.

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Now that you've verified that the Esplora can connect to your computer and you can upload code, it's time to try a few of its functions.

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The Esplora has a number of inputs right on its surface. In this example, you'll use the linear potentiometer (the slider at the bottom of the board) to change the brightness of the RGB LED.

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The Esplora has a number of sensors right on its surface. In this example, you'll use the linear potentiometer (the slider at the bottom of the board) to change the brightness of the RGB LED.

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This tutorial is for the Arduino Esplora. If you have another board, read the corresponding Getting Started guide.

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This tutorial is for the Arduino Esplora. If you have another board, read the corresponding Getting Started guide for that board.

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You should look at the Esplora reference pages for using various sensors and actuators with the Esplora library. You can see more examples on the examples page.

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You should look at the Esplora library reference pages for using various sensors and actuators with the Esplora library. You can see more examples on the examples page.

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The Arduino Esplora board, is a board that has a micrcontroller ( a tiny computer) and a number of inputs and outputs. At first glance you'll notice that it looks like a console gamepad. For inputs, there's a joystick, four buttons, a light sensor, a slider, a microphone, a temperature sensor, and an accelerometer. For outputs there's a buzzer and a three color LED.

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The Arduino Esplora is a device that has a tiny computer called a microcontroller, and a number of inputs and outputs. For inputs, there's a joystick, four buttons, a light sensor, a slider, a microphone, a temperature sensor, and an accelerometer. For outputs there's a buzzer and a three color LED. At first glance it looks like a videogame controller.

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Instructions for Mac OS X

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Instructions for Mac OS X

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Instructions for Windows

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Instructions for Windows

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Instructions for Linux

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Instructions for Linux

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Open the Blink example

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Open the Blink example

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Configure Arduino for Esplora

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Configure Arduino for Esplora

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Select the right USB port

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Select the right USB port

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Upload the program

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Upload the program

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6 | Change the RGB LED

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6 | Change the RGB LED

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7 | Inputs changing outputs

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7 | Inputs changing outputs

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5 | Launch the Arduino application

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5 | Programming the board

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6 | Open the blink example

Open the LED blink example sketch: File > Examples > 1.Basics > Blink.

7 | Configure Arduino for Esplora

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Open the Blink example

Open the LED Blink example sketch: File > Examples > 1.Basics > Blink.

Configure Arduino for Esplora

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8 | Select the right USB port

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Select the right USB port

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9 | Upload the program

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Upload the program

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10 | Going further

There are a number of example sketches in the File -> Examples that walk you through the basics of how to program an Arduino. Among the examples there is a section specific to the Esplora, that demonstrates the use of the onboard peripherals. Try to open and upload them, and see how they work.

If you have problems, please see the troubleshooting suggestions.

You might also want to look at the Esplora reference for using various sensors and actuators with the Esplora library. You can see more examples in the examples page.

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The Arduino Esplora board, is a board that has a micrcontroller ( a tiny computer) and a number of inputs and outputs. At first glance you'll notice that it looks like a console gamepad. For inputs, there's a joystick, four buttons, a light sensor, a slider, a microphone, a temperature sensor, and an accelerometer. For outputs there's a buzzer and a three color LED. You can write software that takes information from the inputs and use that to control the outputs on the board, or control your computer.

This document explains how to connect your Esplora board to your computer and upload your first program, called a sketch.

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The Arduino Esplora board, is a board that has a micrcontroller ( a tiny computer) and a number of inputs and outputs. At first glance you'll notice that it looks like a console gamepad. For inputs, there's a joystick, four buttons, a light sensor, a slider, a microphone, a temperature sensor, and an accelerometer. For outputs there's a buzzer and a three color LED.

With the Esplora, you can write software that takes information from the inputs and use that to control the outputs on the board, or control your computer, just like a mouse or keyboard would.

This will take you through the process of connecting the Esplora board to your computer and uploading an Arduino program, called a sketch.

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The first time you see The Arduino Esplora board, you can notice that it looks like a console gamepad. There are a joystick, four buttons, a color LED, a light sensor, a buzzer, a slider, a microphone, a temperature sensor and an accelerometer.

This document explains how to connect your Esplora board and upload your first sketch.

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The Arduino Esplora board, is a board that has a micrcontroller ( a tiny computer) and a number of inputs and outputs. At first glance you'll notice that it looks like a console gamepad. For inputs, there's a joystick, four buttons, a light sensor, a slider, a microphone, a temperature sensor, and an accelerometer. For outputs there's a buzzer and a three color LED. You can write software that takes information from the inputs and use that to control the outputs on the board, or control your computer.

This document explains how to connect your Esplora board to your computer and upload your first program, called a sketch.

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Get the latest version from the download page. When the download finishes, unzip the downloaded file in any directory. Make sure to preserve the folder structure. Double-click the folder to open it. There should be a few files and sub-folders inside.

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Get the latest version of the Arduino IDE from the download page.

When the download finishes, unzip the downloaded file in any directory. Make sure to preserve the folder structure. Double-click the folder to open it. There should be a few files and sub-folders inside. If you're on a Mac, the zip folder contains just the application.

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Connect the Arduino board to your computer using the USB cable. The green power LED (labelled ON) should go on, and the yellow LED marked "L" should start glowing. After about 8 seconds, the LED should start blinking on and off.

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Connect the Arduino board to your computer using the USB cable. The green power LED (labelled ON) should go on, and the yellow LED marked "L" should start glowing. After about 8 seconds, the yellow LED should start blinking on and off.

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The following instructions are relative to Windows 7. They are valid also for Windows XP, with only little differences in the dialog windows.

  • Plug in your board and wait for Windows to begin its driver installation process. If the installer does not launch automatically, navigate to the Windows Device Manager (Start>Control Panel>Hardware) and find the Arduino Esplora listing. Right click and choose Update driver.
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The following instructions are for Windows 7. They are valid also for Windows XP, with small differences in the dialog windows.

  • Plug in your board and wait for Windows to begin its driver installation process. If the installer does not launch automatically, navigate to the Windows Device Manager (Start>Control Panel>Hardware) and find the Arduino Esplora listing. Right click and choose Update driver.
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  • In the next screen, choose "Browse my computer for driver software", and click Next.
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  • In the next screen, click the Browse... button. Another dialog appears: navigate to your Arduino 1.5.0 (or later) installation. Select the drivers folder an click OK, then click Next.
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  • Click the Browse... button. Another dialog appears: navigate to the folder with the Arduino software that you just downloaded. Select the drivers folder an click OK, then click Next.
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  • You will receive a notification that the board has not passed Windows Logo testing. Click on the button Continue Anyway.
  • After a few moments, a window will tell you the wizard has finished installing software for Arduino Esplora. Press the Close button.
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  • You will receive a notification that the board has not passed Windows Logo testing. Click on the button Continue Anyway.

  • After a few moments, a window will tell you the wizard has finished installing software for Arduino Esplora. Press the Close button.
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Double-click the Arduino application. (Note: if the Arduino software loads in the wrong language, you can change it in the preferences dialog. See the environment page for details.)

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Double-click the Arduino application. (Note: if the Arduino software loads in the wrong language, you can change it in the preferences dialog. See the environment page for details.)

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Since the Arduino IDE is used for many different Arduino boards, you need to tell it that you're working the Esplora. So, in the Arduino IDE, open the Tools > Board menu and choose the Arduino Esplora item.

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Since the Arduino IDE is used for many different Arduino boards, you need to tell it that you're working with the Esplora. Open the Tools > Board menu and choose Arduino Esplora.

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Now, simply click the "Upload" button in the environment. Wait a few seconds - you should see the RX and TX leds on the board flashing. If the upload is successful, the message "Done uploading." will appear in the status bar.

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Now, simply click the "Upload" button in the environment. Wait a few seconds - you should see the RX and TX leds on the board flashing. If the upload is successful, the message "Done uploading." will appear in the status bar of the software.

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There are a number of example sketches in the File -> Examples to let you understand how to program an Arduino sketch. Among the examples there is a section specific for Esplora, that demonstrate the usage of the onboard peripherals. Try to open and upload them, and see how they work.

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There are a number of example sketches in the File -> Examples that walk you through the basics of how to program an Arduino. Among the examples there is a section specific to the Esplora, that demonstrates the use of the onboard peripherals. Try to open and upload them, and see how they work.

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Guide to the Arduino Esplora

To connect the Arduino Esplora to your computer, you'll need a Micro-B USB cable. This USB cable provides power and data to the board. When programming the Esplora, you must choose Arduino Esplora from the Tools > Board menu in the Arduino IDE.

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Getting started with Arduino Esplora

The first time you see The Arduino Esplora board, you can notice that it looks like a console gamepad. There are a joystick, four buttons, a color LED, a light sensor, a buzzer, a slider, a microphone, a temperature sensor and an accelerometer.

This document explains how to connect your Esplora board and upload your first sketch.

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Differences from the Arduino Leonardo

In general, you program and use the Esplora as you would the Leonardo board. There are, however, a few important differences.

Onboard devices vs. pin availability

The Esplora board differs from other Arduino boards in that it provides a complete set of already-available devices, but this comes with an expense: there are only two digital input/output pins and two analog inputs available for free use. These pins are detailed on the hardware page.

Single USB power supply

Differently than most Arduino boards, the Esplora can be powered only from the USB connector.

Installing Drivers for the Esplora

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1 | Get an Arduino Esplora and USB cable

This tutorial is for the Arduino Esplora. If you have another board, read the corresponding Getting Started guide.

You also need a proper Micro-USB cable ("A" plug to "Micro-B" plug type). Some mobile phones or portable music players use this kind of cable to transfer data to/from the PC, so you might already own one of them.

2 | Download the Arduino environment

Get the latest version from the download page. When the download finishes, unzip the downloaded file in any directory. Make sure to preserve the folder structure. Double-click the folder to open it. There should be a few files and sub-folders inside.

3 | Connect the board

Connect the Arduino board to your computer using the USB cable. The green power LED (labelled ON) should go on, and the yellow LED marked "L" should start glowing. After about 8 seconds, the LED should start blinking on and off.

4 | Install the drivers

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Windows (tested on Windows 7)

The process for Windows XP and Windows 7 is similar. These screenshots are from a Windows 7 installation.

  • Plug in your board and wait for Windows to begin its driver installation process. If the installer does not launch automatically, navigate to the Windows Device Manager (Start>Control Panel>Hardware) and find the Arduino Esplora listing. Right click and choose Update driver.
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Instructions for Windows

The following instructions are relative to Windows 7. They are valid also for Windows XP, with only little differences in the dialog windows.

  • Plug in your board and wait for Windows to begin its driver installation process. If the installer does not launch automatically, navigate to the Windows Device Manager (Start>Control Panel>Hardware) and find the Arduino Esplora listing. Right click and choose Update driver.
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5 | Launch the Arduino application

Double-click the Arduino application. (Note: if the Arduino software loads in the wrong language, you can change it in the preferences dialog. See the environment page for details.)

6 | Open the blink example

Open the LED blink example sketch: File > Examples > 1.Basics > Blink.

7 | Configure Arduino for Esplora

Since the Arduino IDE is used for many different Arduino boards, you need to tell it that you're working the Esplora. So, in the Arduino IDE, open the Tools > Board menu and choose the Arduino Esplora item.

8 | Select the right USB port

The Arduino IDE needs to know which of your USB ports the Esplora is connected to. The Tools > Serial menu lists the available ports:

  • if only one item is shown, click on that one;
  • if two or more are shown, you can disconnect the Esplora and re-open the menu; the entry that disappears should be the Esplora board. Reconnect the board and select that serial port.

9 | Upload the program

Now, simply click the "Upload" button in the environment. Wait a few seconds - you should see the RX and TX leds on the board flashing. If the upload is successful, the message "Done uploading." will appear in the status bar.

A few seconds after the upload finishes, you should see the yellow LED "L" on the board start to blink. If it does, congratulations! You've gotten Esplora up-and-running.

10 | Going further

There are a number of example sketches in the File -> Examples to let you understand how to program an Arduino sketch. Among the examples there is a section specific for Esplora, that demonstrate the usage of the onboard peripherals. Try to open and upload them, and see how they work.

If you have problems, please see the troubleshooting suggestions.

You might also want to look at the Esplora reference for using various sensors and actuators with the Esplora library. You can see more examples in the examples page.

The text of the Arduino getting started guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. Code samples in the guide are released into the public domain.

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Windows (tested on XP and 7)

The process for Windows XP and Windows 7 is similar. These screenshots are from an XP installation.

  • Plug in your board and wait for Windows to begin its driver installation process. If the installer does not launch automatically, Navigate to the Windows Device Manager (Start>Control Panel>Hardware) and find the Arduino Esplora listing. Right click and choose Update driver.
  • If prompted to search for drivers online, choose "No, not this time". And click Next
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Windows (tested on Windows 7)

The process for Windows XP and Windows 7 is similar. These screenshots are from a Windows 7 installation.

  • Plug in your board and wait for Windows to begin its driver installation process. If the installer does not launch automatically, navigate to the Windows Device Manager (Start>Control Panel>Hardware) and find the Arduino Esplora listing. Right click and choose Update driver.
  • In the next screen, choose "Browse my computer for driver software", and click Next.
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  • When asked to install automatically or from a specific location, select "Install from a list or specific location" and press Next
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  • In the next screen, click the Browse... button. Another dialog appears: navigate to your Arduino 1.0.1 or later installation. Select the drivers folder an click OK, then click Next.
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  • Choose "Search for the best driver in these locations", and check the box "incude this location in the search". Click the Browse button and navigate to your Arduino 1.0.1 or later installation. Select the drivers folder an click OK
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  • You will receive a notification that the board has not passed Windows Logo testing. Click on the button Continue Anyway.
  • After a few moments, a window will tell you the wizard has finished installing software for Arduino Esplora. Press the Close button.
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  • Click Next
  • You will receive a notification that the board has not passed Windows Logo testing. Click on the button Continue Anyway

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  • After a few moments, a window will tell you the wizard has finished installing software for Arduino Esplora. Press the Finish button
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There is no need to install drivers for Ubuntu 10.0.4

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There is no need to install drivers for Ubuntu 12.04.

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Getting started with the Arduino Esplora

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Guide to the Arduino Esplora

November 07, 2012, at 03:49 PM by Davide Gomba -
November 07, 2012, at 03:45 PM by Davide Gomba -
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