Jun 222015
 

Man Cave Stepper Motor Control with chipKIT

As a follow-on to a previous post about the “Man Cave Sign“, today’s post shares Darryl’s tutorial for how he put together the stepper motor portion of the Man Cave Sign. Note that stepper motor PCBs vary, but he assures you that they function in the same way. Check it out for all the details!

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chipKIT WF32 and LabVIEW LINX – Local Weather and Location

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Jun 162015
 

Here’s a cool instructable for displaying your local weather and location using a chipKIT WF32 and LabVIEW with LINX. Sudharsan put this Instructable together giving you the tools you need to put this together, and sample code to make it run! Check it out for all the details :)

LabVIEW LINX Demo with chipKIT WF32

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chipKIT DP32 – 3D Printable Bumper

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Jun 122015
 
chipKIT DP32 with 3D printed bumper

chipKIT DP32 with 3D printed bumper

Remember the iPhone bumper?? Well, this bumper is 3D printable and it’s for your chipKIT DP32! Some might say that’s even cooler!! 😛 Now you can mount your DP32 to your design via the screw holes or protect it from shorting with something on your desk. To download and print it for yourself or a dear friend, check it out on Repables!

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Jun 052015
 



Using our DIY chipKIT-board tutorial, Darryl Gardner, a student of the University of South Florida, created something he calls the “Man Cave Sign” for his MakeCourse. This techie sign not only displays messages (via 5 LED dot matrices), reacts to playing music, and lights up in different colors (via 2 LED light strips), but is also controllable via Text Message or Android Apps (which he wrote) that allow the user to do many things like change the display message, control the stepper motor, the color of the light strips, and even make your phone talk out loud!

His PIC32BLUE(+) Android App and PIC32BTN Android App allow you to connect to your microcontroller using a Serial Bluetooth Module and do various things like send messages/commands to/from your Android phone and control things like servo motors, LED matrices, RGB lights, LCD screens or anything you’d like. He incorporates other technologies as well, like a microphone to adjust the light strip colors according to sound fluctuations in the room, a stepper motor to rotate a USF Bulls logo, and he powers it all with a 10,000mA battery for a battery life of over 10 hours.

In this Instructable, he provides more details along with a YouTube playlist of some Arduino tutorials he referenced for the project. Keep an eye out for more details on the various portions of this project! 😀

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May 292015
 



If you haven’t seen this yet, you’ll likely be impressed. RetroBSD (Unix) running on a chipKIT Fubarino SD? Yes, you heard that right :) Hackaday featured this post referencing Serge Vakulenko’s post, where he provides instructions for how you too can run RetroBSD on your Fubarino SD and then compile and assemble away on your mini computer!

Have fun and enjoy!

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Visual Programming for chipKIT

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May 282015
 
Drag-and-drop visual programming for chipKIT using ArduBlock

Drag-and-drop visual programming for chipKIT using ArduBlock

Newbie programmers, have you ever wanted to program visually by dragging and dropping your “code” instead of tediously writing lines and lines of it? If so, ArduBlock is for you! And Tayeb, of RedAcacia blog, has posted a tutorial to get ArduBlock up and running with your chipKIT board! To get started, you’ll need one of the following: chipKIT Uno32 (or chipKIT uC32), chipKIT Basic I/O Shield, breadboard, light sensor LDR, 10KOhm resistor, and buzzer.

What are you waiting for! :)

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chipKIT LED Graduation Hat

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May 272015
 

If you are graduating or you know someone graduating, help friends and family find the graduate in a crowd by making a unique graduation hat! This “Instructable” guides you through the process to create a hat that will make you stand out in a crowd of boring graduation hats. This tutorial uses a chipKIT uC32 and WS2812 LED (neopixel) strips!

Have fun! And congratulations to all the graduates!

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May 222015
 
IPLogika's P401 Ethernet Module

IPLogika’s P401 Ethernet Module

You may have already seen previous posts about the Murum Lux (Wall of Light) including a post about the human interface portion. Today’s post refers to the Ethernet portion that Josh wrote about. Using two P-401 Ethernet modules by a Spanish company named IPLogika (one on-board his “e-field” box, and one on-board the Panel/Display board) he created a network by which he communicated the human interface gestures from the gesture panel on the E-field box to the Display.

P.S. Keep an eye out for his tip on using one module to aid in debugging!

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Murum Lux Human Interface: chipKIT Fubarino Mini and Hover Gesture

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May 212015
 
Microchip GestIC MGC3130 Sabrewing Evaluation Board

GestIC Sabrewing Evaluation Board

As a follow-on to a previous post, today’s post is about the human interface portion of the Murum Lux (Wall of Light) that Josh Ian Lindsay built. In his Overview post, Josh explains how he built the e-field box by using a chipKIT Fubarino Mini and Microchip’s MGC3130 GestIC on-board the Sabrewing Development Board. (He notes that he used the Hillstar Development Kit during development, which also contains the MGC3130 GestIC device). With the Hover Arduino library as a base, which he greatly improved (see Github), he’s created a demo that showcases the usefulness of human interface!

Why not have a gander!

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