M5Stack Color Sensor RGB Unit (TCS3472)


M5Stack Color Sensor RGB Unit (TCS3472)



M5Stack Color Sensor RGB Unit (TCS3472)

COLOR is color recognition unit integrated with TCS3472 chipset. As the name says, COLOR is able to detect color value and return RGB data as response.

Identify color principle: The TCS3472 chipset integrated with 3*4 array of filtered photodiodes and a 16 bit analog-to-digital embedded converters. Out of the 12 photodiodes, 3 have red filters, 3 have green filters, 3 have blue filters and 3 have no filter (clear), which gives a total range of RGBA (RGB + Transparency)

When detecting the color of an object the TCS3472 returns data from four channels: red(R), green(G), blue(B) and clear(C)(non-filtered). The response from the red, green and blue channels (RGB) can be used to determine a particular source’s chromaticity coordinates (x, y).

Chromaticity Calculation Process Overview:

When we get coordinates (x, y), please reference the below figure so as to get the recommended color.

This Unit communicates with the M5Core via the GROVE A interface(I2C). Address is 0x29.

Product Features

  • Detection range: -40?~85?
  • GROVE interface, support UIFlow and Arduino
  • Two Lego-compatible holes


  • 1x COLOR Unit
  • 1x Grove Cable


  • Product Color Verification
  • Color tracking robot


Resources Parameter
IC TCS3472
Workingtemperaturerange -40°C~85°C
Communication protocol I2C?0x29
Net weight 4g
Gross weight 17g
Product Size 32.2*24.2*8.2mm
Package Size 67*53*12mm


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