While there are many ESP32 dev boards on the market, we here at Morpheans found ourselves lamenting the scarcity of such boards for the new ESP32-S2. So we decided to build one. Introducing MorphESP 240, an easy-to-use, Arduino- and CircuitPython-compatible, open hardware ESP32-S2 dev board with a built-in high-resolution, IPS-color display.
Our target was minimalism with room to grow, and—after squeezing the following specs into a 20 g, 89 x 28 x 6 mm package—we believe we’ve hit the bullseye:
Whether you’re a student, a maker, or a product designer, MorphESP 240 provides an affordable, versatile, fully-integrated platform with Wi-Fi connectivity. Learn, experiment, and create while avoiding overpriced, proprietary hardware with limited functionality.
The world of possible applications for MorphESP 240 includes IoT gateways, sensor networks, test and measurement equipment, wireless input devices, radio communication platforms, media streaming appliances, imaging technologies, and prototyping projects for just about anything.
MorphESP 240 is open source to its core. Please help yourself to our schematics; our KiCAD project source; and the DXF, STL, and Solidworks files you’ll need if you want to lasercut or 3D print yourself an enclosure. And if you want to fabricate your own dev shield, have at it! We only ask that you let us know if you make any improvements.
MorphESP 240 is fully compatible with both Arduino and CircuitPython, so you can take advantage of (and contribute to!) the collective work of C++ and Python developers around the world. Whether you’re learning or creating, you’ll be able to reuse thousands of pre-made tools and libraries with very little adaptation.
We invite you to help us deliver a cool, all-in-one device with fully transparent source materials: code, 3D models, project files, Gerbers, and anything else we happen to write down on our way to production. We’re looking to build a community of makers who are passionate about this platform, and we very much hope you’ll be a part of that community. We’ve been rowing hard, and we’re almost home, but we need your hands on an oar if we’re going to bring this ship to port.
|LCD Display||1.3", 240 x 240, IPS color||2", 320 x 240, IPS color||8-bit parallel RGB, 8080 & 6800 interface|
|Weight||20 g||176 g||252 g|
|Dimension (mm)||28 x 89 x 6||50 x 20 x 10||77 x 111 x 58|
|Enclosure||Optional open-frame enclosure||Included||None|
The MorphESP 240 dev shield has everything you need to accelerate your prototyping work: all GPIO and grouped (I²C and SPI) connectors—naturally—but also an on-PCB 868/916 MHz UHF antenna and an RFM95 LoRa® transceiver footprint so you can easily test long-range IoT applications.
We designed the above laser-cut acrylic, open-frame enclosure to protect your MorphESP 240 from the dangers inherent in your pocket, your shoulder bag, and your benchtop. While we are not currently selling the enclosure, we invite you to make one yourself!
Please visit us on GitHub! And, if you have a question or a suggestion, you can join our community on Facebook (which is already 3,000 members strong!) or reach out through the Ask a technical question link on our campaign page. For additional technical information about MorphESP 240, you can find the ESP32-S2 WROOM specs and the specs for our IPS color display online.
We expect to have all crowdfunding orders at Mousers’ warehouse—and ready for fulfillment to backers—less than three months after the end of the campaign. Broadly speaking, our manufacturing plan involves five steps:
Crowd Supply’s fulfillment partner, Mouser Electronics, will handle shipping to backers. You can learn more about Crowd Supply’s shipping process in the Crowd Supply Guide. And remember to keep your shipping address updated in your Crowd Supply account!
As with any venture, this one involves a few risks, but our design is extremely stable at this point, so our main concerns are possible sourcing, logistics, and shipping issues. Fortunately, this project is our team’s primary focus, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that manufacturing and fulfillment both go according to plan. We will communicate any delays clearly and promptly through regular project updates.
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