An ESP32 Version of the TWANG LED GameDesigned by Bart Dring, Ships from United States
What is it? This is a carrier board for the ESP32 (NodeMCU-32 type) that makes building a TWANG32 super easy and robust. TWANG32 is a ESP32 version of regular TWANG, which is Arduino Mega based. Th...Read More…
This is a carrier board for the ESP32 (NodeMCU-32 type) that makes building a TWANG32 super easy and robust. TWANG32 is a ESP32 version of regular TWANG, which is Arduino Mega based. The TWANG games are LED strip games inspired by the original Line Wobbler by Robin Baumgarten. This product includes all the unique hardware items you would need.
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Partial Kit Details
Not Included Items
The 3D printed parts
The ESP32 (NodeMCU-32S)
An LED strip
Assembly Instructions can be found here. (post published soon)
Game Play: At this time the game play and levels are virtually identical.
Which micro controller are you more comfortable with? With the partial kits you need to upload firmware via the Arduino IDE. You may want to upload newer firmware in the future or add new levels and features yourself. If you are more comfortable with the Arduino or ESP32, that might be a good reason to choose one or the other.
Audio: The ESP32 audio can be set a little louder than the Arduino version, but the Arduino version has an external audio jack. The ESP32 version may get real digitized audio sound effects in the future.
Wireless Features: The ESP32 version has Wifi and Bluetooth. Currently it features a wifi access point where you can adjust parameters like brightness and audio volume from a smartphone or computer. You can also access play statistics. Future uses of Bluetooth could come via firmware upgrades.
Stability: The ESP32 tools are a little less mature than the Arduino Mega. The documentation is not as good on the ESP32. The Arduino Firmware has more testing on it. (I expect to find a few bugs for a while)
The LED Line games are amazingly fun and challenging. They are a huge hit at parties and events. The game is easy to learn and very hard to master. My first one was hand wired and soldered. It worked great, but it was messy and prone to problems. I made the shield to make it super robust.
It is very easy to build. You don't need an electronics or soldering skills. All soldering is already done. The board is clearly labeled and so are the wires.
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