Oct 242014
 

Using a chipKIT Pro MX7, Sam from Digilent has created a Temperature-Sensing Coaster! As he mentions in the post, now you can hit that perfect “Goldilocks” temperature; coffee that is not too hot, not too cold, but just right!

To find out more, visit Digilent’s blogpost.

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Oct 232014
 
chipKIT DP32 Pin Diagram by Jay Weeks

chipKIT DP32 Pin Diagram

If you’ve never checked out the chipKIT DP32 board, you now have a good reason. The truth of the matter is that the DP32 is a hidden gem in the collection of chipKIT boards because of its low price and its built-in breadboard.

To explore this little gem visit the tutorial on Instructables (or click the image above), and you’ll find all you need to get started!

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Oct 222014
 
Digilent Design Contest 2014 Worldwide Finals group picture

Digilent Design Contest 2014 Worldwide Finals group picture.

Congratulations to all the talented students who participated in the 2014 Digilent Design Contest Worldwide Finals, held in Shanghai this past August. The first prize was awarded to Eugene Babkin, Bijan Bayat Mokhtari, and Angjelo Kuka of the New York City College of Technology for their tele-operated bi-manual augmented system (TOBiAS), a humanoid robot based on the chipKIT™ embedded platform. Read more about the finals in this blog post by Alex Wong of Digilent.

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Oct 212014
 

Whether it’s for the quickly approaching Halloween, or for some other event, it’s not too late to make ghoulish soundtracks or a creaky old door sounds with chipKIT.

Check out this Hackaday simple mini polyphonic synth demo for more info! Also, if you plan on using PWM, you’ll be happy to know there’s already a library written for that! Check out the PWMAudio Library for chipKIT on GitHub.

Happy Sound Making!!

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Oct 212014
 

Congratulations to Guido Bonelli for his successful Dr Duino Kickstarter Project!

In this EETimes article, Max Maxfield says that chipKIT Uno32 is compatible with Dr. Duino, a very versatile shield whose purpose is to provide debugging capabilities. This little board is stackable, it comes with switches, LEDs, pots, and much more all conveniently accessible outside of the standard Arduino footprint (not hidden away underneath the stacks of shields), and its open cutout in the center provides access to the board attached below it.

Read more about this neat little board at the two links above and at drduino.com.

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Sep 302014
 

With this fun Instructables tutorial by jolliFactory, you can learn to use chipKIT Uno32 to drive a set of LED Matrix Displays that will display text sent over Bluetooth, for example from an app on your Android phone.

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Sep 292014
 
chipKIT Uno32 with USB Host Shield

chipKIT Uno32 with USB Host Shield

Oleg Mazurov and Andrew Kroll have ported the Circuits@Home USB Host Shield 2.0 Library to chipKIT. This is the library that inspired Google to create the Android ADK (Accessories Development Kit)! With this library you can add USB Host capabilities to chipKIT Uno32 (which has none) or to chipKIT Max32 with a Network Shield, allowing for either a second USB Host port or both a USB Host and USB Device port.

Find out more about it here.

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Sep 172014
 

If you’ve ever wanted to view and change parameters on a board without plugging into a PC and making the changes, PONTECH’s new Android app makes this possible for chipKIT boards with USB hosting capabilities. PONTECH just released this Property Viewer Android app, as their own Quick240 product is chipKIT-based. To read more about it, visit PONTECH’s post!

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