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The gCore, short for Gadget Core, is a high-end ESP32 development board designed to be a platform for portable graphics and GUI-based designs. It was designed by Dan Julio to scratch his own itch for a board to support his tCam and other projects. He wanted a development board that could be used for general purpose projects, but with advanced features often only found on commercial products. Just because it's a development board, doesn't mean you should skimp on features or functionalities.
Rather than wiring together several development modules, LCD displays, and power management circuitry, Dan has solved that problem with gCore's comprehensive set of features that you won't find anywhere else! Other development boards seem lack a lot of power related features that you would expect such battery power, sophisticated power management and monitoring, power up and down through firmware, and automatic low power shutoff.
Dan also wanted the best performance for graphics on the LCD and reading/writing to the local filesystem on a Micro-SD card. As a result, gCore became a sophisticated piece of hardware with a rich feature set and high performance. With gCore, users can focus on their application rather than worrying about the hardware. gCore is well suited for developers looking to greatly speed up development time for GUI based projects whether it's a personal project or for business.
The gCore is an open source project and its GIT repository can be found at https://github.com/danjulio/gCore.
A great way to try out gCore without having to configure any environment or compiling code is to use gCore's Serial Programmer. There are many pre-compiled demos that are included to help you get started right away!
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The possible applications are endless. Any application that needs to display information locally or wants a touchscreen display as the user interface can benefit from gCore's feature set. In addition, it's been designed for devices that can be portable or run on battery power making it great for projects that require the device to be mobile. Here are just a few of the projects that the gCore has been used for already.
Combine gCore with tCam-Mini and the tCam firmware for a full feature thermal imaging camera.
How about a lighting system remote control that turns on automatically when you pick it up?
Parsing and decoding a mjpg stream using gCore's dual CPUs and high performance display.
A video game emulator with 60 FPS graphics.
Explore your backyard using a remote controlled tank with video streaming.
Do all the math in hex or decimal with a programmer's calculator.
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One gCore ESP32 GUI development board
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Get the tCam-Mini to combine with your gCore to make a handheld thermal imager! tCam-Mini is a small wireless streaming thermal imaging camera designed by Dan Julio to make it easy to get and use radiometric data from a FLIR Lepton 3.5 sensor.
To connect to gCore a 2-pin jumper, 10-pin male header, and 8-pin female header are included.
*Thermal imaging also requires a FLIR Lepton, sold separately.
Part Number: 500-0771-FS1
Lepton FS is a non-radiometric 160 x 120 resolution micro thermal camera module with reduced thermal sensitivity, reduced scene dynamic range, and up to 3% inoperable pixels but the lowest price ever for a factory Lepton.
Part Number: 500-0771-01
The radiometric Lepton 3.5 is the latest addition to FLIR’s micro thermal camera family and brings with it some unexpected surprises such as an increased operating temperature range to +80˚C and a massively extended scene dynamic range from -10˚ to +400˚C in low gain mode. Leverage 19,200 (160x120) pixels worth of calibrated radiometric output from this tiny yet mighty microelectronic masterpiece.
This is the world’s first radiometric thermal camera module with a 95-degree field of view (FOV), 160 x 120 resolution, and a scene dynamic range of up to 400 degrees Celsius.
A 3D printed enclosure for the gCore.
Get this 3D printed enclosure if you plan to use gCore for thermal imaging with tCam-Mini rev4!
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