Jul 312015
 
This chipKIT battlebot is ready to attack! Photo courtesy of Chris Mathews

This chipKIT battlebot is ready to attack! Photo courtesy of Chris Matthieu

This past Saturday, a large group gathered at HeatSync Labs in Mesa, AZ to celebrate International NodeBots Day. In case you haven’t heard, NodeBots is a Javascript-based protocol for remote control of mechatronic devices. NodeBots works with JohnnyFive and Firmata to create robots based on Arduino-compatible boards. Microchip donated 25 chipKIT Uno32 boards for the event.

Attendees displayed plenty of creativity as “weapons” and other intimidating features were added to the standard robot chassis provided. It was all in good fun, even if some parts were left in the arena after several contests. The highlight of the day was a concluding “Battle Royale”, in which the surviving contestants teamed up in an attempt to defeat the evil Centibot (a wireless, hybrid machine comprised of three chassis linked together.) As the struggle continued, the Centibot’s six drive wheels were disabled one by one, until a truce was finally called.

It was a fun day, and attendees took their creations home (leading no doubt to some interesting encounters with the family pet!)

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Jul 302015
 


Congratulations to Eusebiu Burlacu and Sebastian Pascu from Gheorghe Asachi University of Iasi, Romania, for their tie for first prize in the Digilent Design Contest Europe 2015. Their chipKIT WF32 based Health and Security Cloud System was designed to process a patient’s ECG signal, as well as monitor patient activity, and transmit this information to a doctor via Exosite’s cloud-enabled data platform. Learn more about it on Instructables.

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Jul 292015
 
PIC32USB Hardwired Android App

App auto-launch option when PIC32-based boards is connected

Darryl is at it again, with a new Android app called PIC32USB, providing OTG-supported phones/tablets with a hardwired communication to a PIC32 microcontroller. Use any of the 24 buttons to send messages to the PIC32 device, customize any button to change the string sent to the device, and send/recieve data to/from the device using a chat-like interface. Check out his sample code to test it out on your OTG-supported mobile device and your supported PIC32-based board. Darryl has successfully tested this app with the chipKIT Fubarino SD, chipKIT Fubarino Mini, and his very own MAKEmicro32 board.

Good luck, and have fun out there!

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Man Cave Sign – chipKIT with Bluetooth App Control

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Jul 142015
 

HC-05 or HC-06 Bluetooth Module

As a follow-on to a previous post about the “Man Cave Sign,” we wanted to share with you the portion that used Bluetooth and Android Apps. This tutorial by Darryl Gardner will show you how you can use the two apps he wrote (on the Google Play Store) along with an HC-05 or HC-06 Bluetooth module and a chipKIT-based device to transmit and receive data to and from the Bluetooth Module and the PIC32 MCU device. He also provides some sample sketches to get you up and running!

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chipKIT WF32 Control from a Networked Computer

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Jul 132015
 
Controlling a chipKIT WF32 from a networked computer

In this blogpost and this Instructable from Digilent, check out how you can control your chipKIT WF32 from a remote computer with internet access. Your chipKIT WF32 must be connected to a network, but other than that, all you need is an SD card for your WF32. Check out the tutorial for all the details to make your chipKIT WF32 a host webserver that allows access to the WF32 pins from a web page.

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Man Cave Sign – Stepper Motor Control with chipKIT

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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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