[TinyPICO/ESP32] TinyPICO is live and available for purchase!

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[TinyPICO/ESP32] TinyPICO is live and available for purchase!

Post by mattyt » Fri May 10, 2019 2:59 am

Hi folks,

A couple of months ago I announced that Seon and I were starting a Crowd Supply campaign for the TinyPICO, a small ESP32-based development board we've been working on. Well, the board is ready and the campaign just went live!

https://www.crowdsupply.com/unexpected-maker/tinypico

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It's worth mentioning that MicroPython is a first-class environment for this board - after all this is the ESP32 MicroPython development board that we have wanted! We will be providing drivers for all the peripherals used by the shields and we've been working with Damien and Espressif to work through some issues with the ESP32 port. For example, there are already patches in the port that came about because of our investigation into deep sleep on the ESP32 for this board.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback for the board, it was much appreciated and the TinyPICO is all the better for it.

Please do let us know if you build something interesting with one, we'd love to hear about it! :)

Regards,
Matt and Seon

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Re: [TinyPICO/ESP32] TinyPICO is live and available for purchase!

Post by uCTRL » Fri May 10, 2019 3:46 am

What's special about this board , yes somewhat tiny but only 14 pins broken out and very pricey at $26 ???
looks like another custom cult following for fan boys.

Obviously can't compete with volume products from China.
Mini TTGO board with all pins broken out for $4.66.
With shipping you still get 4 boards for less than $25.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3284535 ... c193c7aabc

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Re: [TinyPICO/ESP32] TinyPICO is live and available for purchase!

Post by seonr » Fri May 10, 2019 4:58 am

uCTRL wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 3:46 am
What's special about this board , yes somewhat tiny but only 14 pins broken out and very pricey at $26 ???
looks like another custom cult following for fan boys.

Obviously can't compete with volume products from China.
Mini TTGO board with all pins broken out for $4.66.
With shipping you still get 4 boards for less than $25.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3284535 ... c193c7aabc
Sure, but it also has no extra PSRAM, no RGB LED, a 2D antenna (so poorer wifi), it's not breadboard friendly at all with dbl row pins, and most importantly it's got poor battery "all on" current, and terrible deep sleep current... I know, I have one.

If you want to just compare IO count, well, ok it wins, but not every project needs so many IO.

So it really depends on what you are looking for in a Micro.

And according to your argument, Adafruit, Sparkfun and a bunch of others would have been out of business years ago.

Regards,
Seon
Unexpected Maker

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Re: [TinyPICO/ESP32] TinyPICO is live and available for purchase!

Post by OutoftheBOTS_ » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:23 pm

I see people have started to make add on boards for the tinypico, here's a VGA board https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGzUhgsmJL4

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Re: [TinyPICO/ESP32] TinyPICO is live and available for purchase!

Post by mattyt » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:33 am

Yeah, it's pretty cool to see! Bitluni's work outputting VGA from an ESP32 is pretty awesome.

There's also Brian Lough's shield to connect a TinyPICO to an RGB Matrix display.

I'm also aware of a couple of other boards being developed for the TinyPICO, I'll post here when they're ready!

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Re: [TinyPICO/ESP32] TinyPICO is live and available for purchase!

Post by seonr » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:55 am

Yeah, there are quite a few people working on shields, though I am not sure if/how they will all be released.

The ones I know of include:
- Temp/Humidity/Proximity
- Music/Audio/FX
- Power management

The design files for TinyPICO and the shields we make are all open source and are available here.
https://github.com/tinypico

Cheers,
Seon
tinypico.com

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