Buy buy buy! This is a great board, packed full of features including 2 micro metal motor encoder connectors, speaker output, and built-in Raspberry Pi Pico W providing wireless access.
Inventor 2040 W
The Inventor 2040 W is the new board from Pimoroni. It has a host of features and connector making it easy to turn your ideas into real world contraptions.
Here are a list of the features:
- Raspberry Pi Pico W Aboard
- Powered and programmable by USB micro-B
- 2.4GHz wireless
- 2 JST-SH connectors (6 pin) for attaching motors
- Dual H-Bridge motor driver (DRV8833)
- Per motor current limiting (0.5A)
- Per motor direction indicator LEDs
- 2 pin (Picoblade-compatible) connector for attaching speaker
- JST-PH (2 pin) connector for attaching battery (input voltage 2.5V - 5.5V*)
- 6 sets of header pins for connecting 3 pin hobby servos
- 6 sets of header pins for GPIO (3 of which are ADC capable)
- 12 x addressable RGB LEDs/Neopixels
- User button
- Reset button (built in Captain Resetti!)
- 2 x Qw/ST connectors for attaching breakouts
- Unpopulated headers for adding a Breakout Garden slot
- Fully assembled
- No soldering required (unless you want to add the Breakout Garden slot).
Perfect for robotics projects
This board was designed with the robot maker in mind, with 6 servo header pins, 2 motors connectors and a bunch of RGB LEDs for indicating status or just to make some cool lighting effects. The 2 QW/ST connectors mean its really easy to add additional sensors, and the Breakout Garden header at the front of the board makes it simple to add a laser range finder to the front to enable your robot to detect objects.
The board also has a JST-PH connector for attaching a battery, such as the Galleon battery, or any other battery pack with this common connector type.
- Great for getting started with robotics
- One board that has everything you need
- Great price for the functionality
- Documentation is excellent, with examples
- 2 motors may not be enough connectors for some projects
- The motor connectors are proprietary, a screw terminal option would have been nice too
- Requires the Pimoroni branded MicroPython build to access the boards features