multi-gadget / development platform
Retro games, IoT, STEM, education and fun
open source, portable, modular, Arduino IDE compatible
for IT geeks, retro game fans, makers
[ explore ] [ create ] [ learn ] [ code ] [ play ]
with AppStore and community support
The ESPboy STEM project is designed to help enthusiasts learn/improve IT/IoT skills and promote engineering creativity.
An interesting hobby for you and your children, an opportunity to learn/improve programming, neo-retro game development, MCU and IoT technologies, electronics and digital devices creation.
Support ESPboy project development or order the ESPboy1/ESPboy2 device as described below.
Hack the planet, have fun!
Regards, Roman S.
Secure PayPal payment for assembled and tested device, loaded with LGE games and AppStore, ready to play, but need to screw the casing panels to feel the DIY spirit. Payment includes a logistics fee. Shipment within 3 days provided with tracking number. Feel free to ask questions: discord chat, project forum or e-mail.
Secure PayPal payment for fully assembled and tested device, loaded with LGE games and AppStore, ready to play. Payment includes a logistics fee. Shipment within 3 days provided with tracking number. Feel free to ask questions: discord chat, project forum or e-mail.
APPSTORE & WEBAPPSTOREtry WebAppStore using Chrome browser and then AppStore on your ESPboy device connecting to WiFi with a huge quantity of games and apps
ATTACHABLE MODULESfull keyboard, weather station, MP3 player, FM radio, LORA messenger, GSM phone, GPS navigator, DAC player, and more and your own...
GAME-DEV & PLAYLittle Game Engine web IDE, ZX spectrum 48k, GameBoy, Chip8/Schip, Arduboy, Gamebuino-META, ANARCH - 3D Doom-like game.
IoT & ONLINE SERVICESWiFi-IoT.com, mysensors.org, mydevices.com, thingspeak.com, cloudmqtt.com, cloud.google.com, hivemq.com...
PENTESTING & OFFENSIVE SECURITYWiFi attacks, BadUSB, RFID/NFC, SUB-1Ghz transceiver, iButton, InfraRed
MOBILE PHONE INTEGRATIONblynk.io, remoutexy.com, virtuino.com
EXTENSION CONNECTORi2c, SPI, UART, ADC, i2s, LED out, MCP23017 GPIOs
SPECIFICATIONESP8266, 80/160Mhz, 4/8Mb, WiFi, LCD 128х128, LCD brightness DAC, RGBled, HQspeaker, 8 buttons, 600mAh battery, 30x70х17mm
ESPboy2 - improved and glamour
ESPboy - DIY look and spirit
What to do with ESPboy
Explore the Open Hardware and Software
Make hardware research, understand the schematic, and improve it. Use as a platform for fast prototyping.
With ESPboy you have everything you need to quickly prototype your idea
100% Arduino IDE and Arduino libraries compatible, display for the UI, buttons to control, speaker and RGB led for alarming and indication, WiFi for communication, battery for standalone operation, extension port for connecting external sensors or servos, compact size for portable use
Code Arduino IDE, VS code/PlatformIO, MicroPython, LUA, Basic, Scratch
Learn to code. You don’t need to make low-level code, just take the right library from the huge Arduino community. Check all the ESPboy open-source Arduino software. Write your own applications easily in standard IDEs using a wide range of compatible libraries.
Visual programming & firmware constructors
If you are new in coding, but full of ideas, try to draw your first program or use an online program constructor just selecting options or moving blocks: scratch.mit.edu, visuino, fl-prog, wifi-iot, mysensors.org
Try online AppStore and WebAppStore
Update the firmware in a minute, using WiFi and selecting the App from the list right on the ESPboy. No programming, buggy libraries, compilation, fighting the bugs, and wires.
With the WebAppStore, you can upload apps to your ESPboy using the Chrome browser.
Indie neo-retro games rapid development
Make your first game in a few hours using online web Little Game Engine IDE with the help of community, documentation, and samples.
Use extension connector & gadget modules
All useful interfaces on the expansion connector: I2C, SPI, I2S, UART, ADC, few MCU GPIOs and additional GPIOs of the MCP23017 GPIO expander.
Connect and control anything you want. The ideal prototyping mobile platform to test and improve your digital ideas.
Turn your ESPboy to the fully functional gadget in a minute with a standard expansion module or make your unique. MP3 player, GSM phone, FM radio, GPS navigator, LORA messenger, DAC AY38910 player, radiation meter, weather station. Play with it, understand the hardware, software, protocols, interfaces, create another one.
Do pen-testing and offensive security
Research the protocols and make penetration tests of communication networks and security systems. WiFi attacks, storing your office cards RFID/NFC with it's reading and emulation, storing iButton keys, remote control of the 433Mhz barriers, and garage doors, use as a universal IR remote control all of your devices, use as U2F security token and play with BAD-USB payloads.
Learn Internet of things, online services & mobile phone integration. Make your home smart
Learn the world of IoT. Connect the home automation sensors and actuators. Control them all or make the ESPboy one of them. Using WiFi onboard, get the data from the net, provide remote wireless control and monitoring of your home, send telemetry data to the online databases and services like www.thingspeak.com, www.cloudmqtt.com, cloud.google.com, www.hivemq.com
There is WiFi onboard. But connecting the attacheble modules to expansion connector, you can use any trasiever: HC-11 for UART 433Mhz (excellent to control your robot or rover), CC1101 for 315/433/868Mhz (for controlling garage doors and barriers), NRF24le01 for 2.4Ghz, HC-06 for bluetooth, LORA modules and so on. The great thing that there are a huge quantity to open-source libraries for Arduino IDE so you can compile the included example and test the module just after the connection. No need to learn datasheet and then do low-level programming.
ESP8266 microcontroller (80/160Mhz 32bit Tensilica Xtensa CPU and 4-16Mb RAM)
1,44'' TFT 128х128 color display
MCP23017 GPIO extender
MCP4725 DAC to smoth control TFT backlit
RGB WS2812B LED
20pin extension header (DC, I2C, SPI, UART, ADC, MCU & MCP23017 GPIOs)
450mAh battery keeping high run for about 8 hours and years in sleeping mode
Modules and Software
Connect the original module to the ESPboy's extension header, update the software through WiFi, and get the fully functional gadgets in a minute. Or build your own, explore, how it works.
Already tested modules
433mhz sub-1Ghz inspector, GSM phone, GPS navigator, LORA messenger, Weather station, MP3 player, DAC player, IR remote, FM radio, Full layout keyboard, RFID/NFC reader-writer, CW Radio beacon, Radiation meter, Digital thermometer, Digital ruler, Pulsometer
Under development modules
Air quality monitor, Health monitor, OBDII car scanner, iButton reader/writer/emulator, Signal generator, Energy monitor, Arduino firmware uploader, Bad USB payloads, Оscilloscope, Thermovisor, photo camera
WiFi deauther, WiFi analyzer, Pinger, Packet sniffer, PT3 chiptune player, CHIP8/SCHIP emulator, ZX Spectrum 48k emulator, Little Game Engine, Arduboy2 lib port + about 100 games already ported, GameBoy emulator, ANARCH - 3D Doom like game, Gamebuino META lib port + about 20 games already ported, ESP8266AUDIO library mod to utilize internal ESPboy speaker
IoT and online services
The core of ESPboy is ESP8266 MCU widely used in IoT and supported by all of the infrastructure
Code, connect and explore
Arduino IDE compatible and all its libraries. More over, there are wide range of supported development platforms
Check ESPboy in action on Youtube :)
Make yourself the ESPboy multigadget in 30 minutes
Bill of materials for minimal breadboard configuration
Speaker 50 Ohm (50 Ohm is important!)
ANARCH - 3D Doom-like game
Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator
Little Game Engine
To play Little Game Engine games online, choose the game, then in LGE IDE press "compile" and "play" icon. You can check the source code of these games, learn LGE C-like script and then program your own first game in a few hours! With the help of ESPboy community in forum and chat.
To try game online: select one below, press "Compile" button and then "Play" icon