Ten-pin modules: Fully supported plug-and-play modules.

 Accelerometer

Detect orientation and movement of your Tessel by measuring gravity / acceleration.

Control by tilt!

  • 3-Axis Digital Accelerometer
  • 12-bit resolution
  • Selectable ±2g/±4g/±8g scales

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 Ambient Light + Sound

The Ambient sensor can detect ambient light and sound levels.

Clap to turn on the TV (paired with infrared) or know from a webapp if the lights are on at home.

  • The microphone is optimized for detecting the ambient noise level in a room or building a sound-activated device.
  • The ambient light sensor and can be used for detecting fine-grain brightness in a room.

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 Climate

Detect humidity and temperature from your environment.

Monitor your plants or exotic pets. Pull weather data from the internet and replicate a climate by hooking up relays to fan/heater/humidifiers.

  • Measure 0 to 70 °C (32 to 160 °F) with ±1° accuracy
  • Measure 0% to 80% relative humidity

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 DIY Module

Build your own module!

This single- or double-wide module comes with a guide showing you how to connect anything to a Tessel.

  • Protoboard module exposes SPI, I2C, UART, and GPIO
  • Ground and 3.3V rails make it easy to power components
  • For larger projects, available in a double-wide size (like the RFID module)

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 GPS

Detect your global position.

Helps you figure out where you are– and where you're going!

  • Up to 1.8m accuracy
  • 66 search channels, 22 tracking channels, -165dBM sensitivity
  • Max 10Hz update rate

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 Infrared

The Infrared (IR) Module can send and detect IR signals.

Use a Tessel as a remote for your TV, radio, or even another Tessel.

  • Transmits and receives from 30+ feet (line of sight)
  • Detects max 38kHz
  • IR Receiver
  • IR LED

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 Relay

Control high-current devices, such as power cords and appliances.

Turn your coffee maker on when the Ambient module detects light, or based on input from an app.

  • Rated for 240V and 5A
  • AC or DC current
  • Secure and remove wires with the help of a ballpoint pen. No more loose wires or screwdrivers.

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 RFID 13.56 MHz

Read RFID cards.

Have your pet door automatically open when their RFID-tagged collar approaches, or connect to the unique IDs of your and your friends' public transit cards for customized interactions!

  • 13.56 MHz
  • Support CharlieCards, ClipperCards, and other metropolitan cards
  • Comes with an RFID card

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 Servo

Control up to 16 hobbyist/RC servos.

Make it move! Control locks, wheels, cords, or anything else you can think of.

  • Standard PWM output is compatible with servos of all sizes
  • Takes a separate barrel jack power connection (included with US shipments)
  • Comes with anES3001 YinYan Servoand a 5V external power jack (US-style plug)
  • Can also be used as an LED driver.

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USB Modules: Tessel 2 runs Node natively, so works with existing Node libraries for off-the-shelf USB components.

Submit a USB module you've discovered or created via pull request to modules.json in the tessel/hardware-modules repo.





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USB Audio

USB Audio Module for Tessel 2.

Camera, webcam, video, audio, and still images all wrapped up and supported in one. Should work with any USB webcam and/or USB speakers.





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USB Camera

USB Camera Module for Tessel 2.

Camera, webcam, video, audio, and still images all wrapped up and supported in one. Should work with any USB webcam and/or USB speakers.

USB Bluetooth Low Energy

USB Bluetooth Low Energy Module for Tessel 2.

USB 3G

USB 3G Module for Tessel 2.

Use Tessel anywhere.

USB Storage

USB Storage Module for Tessel 2.

Extra storage space on tessel, SD and Flash

Community-created modules: Community contributed npm libraries for these third-party add-ons make it easy to add capabilities!

Submit a module you've created via pull request to modules.json in the tessel/hardware-modules repo.



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npm install tessel-gpio-button
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Button

Add a button to your Tessel. Press and release events; add several buttons if you want!

Author: Kelsey Breseman

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npm install rgb-tcs34725
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Color sensor

This RGB Color Sensor is like an eyedropper tool for the real world. Find the red, green, blue, or clear levels of anything you point it at. The API gives you access to the raw RGBC data, color temperatures, and lux intensity.

Author: Jon McKay

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npm install apds-gesture
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Gesture sensor: APDS-9960

A gesture sensor. It can detect swiping motions in 4 directions. Also has an RGB sensor; Can detect near and far gestures

Author: Jia Huang

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npm install tessel-matrix-keypad
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Matrix keypad

Take basic keyboard input over Tessel for new interactions. Press and release evernts.

Author: Nathan White

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npm install trellis-tessel
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Trellis keypad

Adafruit's Trellis 4x4 backlit keypad. This module provides a simple interface to the HT16K33 RAM Mapped LED driver that is the heart of the Adafruit Trellis system. Straight-forward button/LED access with row-column coordinates; Button press and release events; Brightness and blink control

Author: nmoadev

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npm install backpack-ht16k33
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Led backpack-ht16k33

8x8 Matrix LED Display. Small LED matrix display. Intuitive API makes it easy to see outputs.

Author: Amos King

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npm install lego-ir
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Lego

If you have a Tessel infrared module, you can use this software module to connect to LEGO infrared control! Works with the LEGO Power Functions infrared receiver. Control your LEGO creations from the internet!

Author: Andrew Cashmore

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Motion detector

Detect motion– know when something's happening. Infrared-based technology; Events fired on motion

Author: Kelsey Breseman

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npm install motor-driver-tb6612
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Motor driver tb6612

Drive one or two small motors with Tessel. Use bigger motors than the Servo module is meant for.

Author: Jon McKay

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RGB LED lights

Use Adafruit's individually addressable LED lights easily with this abstracted library. Easily create animations; Getting-started examples included; Works best with LED strips

Author: Kwyn Meagher

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npm install tessel-digole12864
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OLED Display

OLED is a relatively new display technology, the same used in OLED TVs. Emits bright light (no backlight needed). 128x64px

Author: Mobile Flow LLC

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npm install proximity-hcsr04
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Proximity Sensor HCSR04

Sense distance in centimeters with the ultrasound proximity sensor. Control volume with a wave of your hand. Great for robotics projects; Extremely intuitive interaction

Author: Jon McKay

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npm install tessel-sen10737p
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Proximity Sensor SEN10737p

Sense distance in centimeters with the ultrasound proximity sensor. Control volume with a wave of your hand. Great for robotics projects; Extremely intuitive interaction

Author: Mitch Denny

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npm install pulsesensor
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Pulse sensor

Sense your pulse and fire events with each heartbeat. Non-invasive; Easy setup; Great way to get started with biosensing

Author: Kelsey Breseman

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npm install tessel-nokia5110
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Nokia Screen

A basic graphic LCD screen, this cheap display lets you add UI to your Tessel project. 48 rows x 84 columns; Black and white; Connection instructions included

Author: Kevin Sidwar

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npm install emic2
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Text to speech Emic2

Text to speech with a simple JS API.

Author: Carlos Martin

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npm install tessel-thermalprinter
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Thermal printer

A thermal printer, also known as a receipt printer. Print text, barcodes, bitmap graphics, and QR codes. Black and white.

Author: Zac Colley

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npm install thermocouple-max31855
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Thermocouple

A thermocouple for getting precise temperature, including immersed in liquids.

Author: Tim Ryan

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