ESP32 Thing Motion Shield Hookup Guide

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The ESP32 Thing Motion Shield is a versatile addition to our ESP32 Thing. Small movements can be detected with the tried and true LSM9DS1 IMU, large movements and time can be detected with the addition of a GPS sensor. There's a port for the GP-20U7 module, and breakout pins for any serial device. Data can be easily logged by adding a microSD card to the slot. And did I mention there's a general purpose LED? It works quite well to display GPS lock state!

SparkFun ESP32 Thing Motion Shield

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Required Materials

To fully follow this hookup guide, you would will need the following materials. You may not need everything though, depending on what you have and what you want to do. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary depending on what you would like.

Note: This list doesn't include the Motion Shield. It is all of the accessories used to complete this guide.

Recommended Tools

You will need a soldering iron, solder, and general soldering accessories.

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Soldering Iron - 30W (US, 110V)

Soldering Iron - 30W (US, 110V)


Suggested Reading

If you aren't familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.


How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

Working with Wire

How to strip, crimp, and work with wire.


GPS Basics

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is an engineering marvel that we all have access to for a relatively low cost and no subscription fee. With the correct hardware and minimal effort, you can determine your position and time almost anywhere on the globe.


Gyroscopes measure the speed of rotation around an axis and are an essential part in determines ones orientation in space.

Accelerometer Basics

A quick introduction to accelerometers, how they work, and why they're used.


Installing Arduino IDE

A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.


How to interpret hex numbers, and how to convert them to/from decimal and binary.

ESP32 Thing Hookup Guide

An introduction to the ESP32 Thing's hardware features, and a primer on using the WiFi system-on-chip in Arduino.