ESP32 Thing Hookup Guide

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Resources and Going Further

The ESP32 Thing's design is open-source! You can download, view, and modify the Eagle files (PCB design), checkout the schematic, or suggest revisions on the ESP32 Thing GitHub repository.

The ESP32 is still in its infancy, but resources are popping up all over the place for the chip. Check out some of these links for more information, documentation, and examples.

You can also check out these links to go further.

  • ESP-IDF -- IoT Development Framework -- If you want to take your development environment up a step from Arduino, this should be your first step into ESP32 software development. Some notes on the IDF:
    • The IDF is well-documented. Check out the set up guides (for Windows, Mac or Linux) for help getting your environment set up. For help with the API's and data structures, check out esp32.info.
    • There are a handful of example applications, including a BLE Advertising example, which works as a proof-of-concept for the ESP32's Bluetooth support.
    • Use the ESP-IDF project template, once you're ready to start creating applications of your own.
  • Blynk -- Blynk allows you to control IoT development boards with an easily configurable iOS/Android app. And it already supports the ESP32!

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