chipKIT Wi-FIRE: An EDN Hot 100 Product of 2015

EDN's Hot 100 Products for 2015

Extra extra! Read all about it! The EDN online community has named chipKIT Wi-FIRE one of their Hot 100 Products of 2015 in their Wireless and Networking category! Although they had posted a glowing review of the chipKIT Wi-FIRE back in February, we were pleasantly surprised to have stayed in their good graces. They said, and we quote “Digilent’s chipKIT WiFire board is an awesome little beastie. Powered by Microchip’s latest 32-bit 200 MHz MCU, the Wi-Fi equipped Arduino-compatible platform has been paired with Imagination Technologies’ Flow Cloud service development tools in an effort to make creating cloud-powered embedded applications practical for the average developer.”

Check it all out on the EDN Hot 100 Wireless and Networking Products of 2015!

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chipKIT Wi-FIRE – 1 of 5 Newest Arduinos Named

chipKIT Wi-FIRE Development Board
chipKIT Wi-FIRE Development Board

Check out this list of the five newest, high-performance Arduino® boards, published by IHS Electronics360. We’re very proud to say that the list includes the chipKIT Wi-FIRE, boasting a 200MHz Microchip PIC32MZ MCU. You don’t have to take our word for it anymore that the chipKIT Wi-FIRE is one of the fastest Arduino-compatible boards out there right now!

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chipKIT WF32-based Health and Security Cloud System


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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chipKIT Text-Message-Enabled Sign and Music Light Box (Man Cave Sign)



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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chipKIT Murum Lux Wall of Light: LEDs, Human Interface, and Ethernet


This weekend at the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, the chipKIT Platform will be showcased at the Microchip booth (located in the Expo Hall in Zone 2, booth 2510, east most side of the hall).

One of the items you’ll see at the booth is the Murum Lux (or Wall of Light), which uses PIC32 32-bit microcontrollers via the chipKIT Wi-FIRE and the chipKIT Fubarino Mini to create what Josh Ian Linsday calls “Murum Lux” (Latin for “Wall of Light”). Using a Sabrewing Development Board from Microchip for gesture control, he created an e-field box, then using IPLogika’s Ethernet modules, he connected the e-field box to the RGB LED matrix panel to control the content displaying on the “wall of light.” This stuff is way too cool to reduce down to a small paragraph!

You’ll have to check out Josh’s blog post to see how he put this all together!

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ASU Polytechnic Hackathon 2014

PSoC Capacitive Touch Sense Pad connected to PSoC board
PSoC Capacitive Touch Sense Pad connected to PSoC board

If you didn’t get a chance to check out last weekend’s Hackathon, held at ASU Polytechnic campus, check out Vageesh’s summary! Using a chipKIT uC32 and capacitive-sensing technology, his team began developing a hand-held object modeler/scanner. Read more about it on his blog!

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Open-Source Science Tricorder with chipKIT Max32


Did you ever watch Star Trek and wish you had your very own Tricorder? Well, even if you can’t buy one right now, you can at least find solace in the fact that it exists as an open-source project. Peter Jansen believes in a world where we can learn and care about our environment by using such tools, so he put together the Arducorder, an Arduino-compatible sensing device (Tricorder), using a chipKIT Max32 and a collection of sensor boards, along with Arduino-compatible libraries.

So if you didn’t catch it on Hackaday, check it out now!

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Kickstarter: Remote Automation with Arduino-compatible Connect-Pi

Connect-Pi System: Remote Automation for Arduino-type systems
Remote Automation for Arduino-type systems

Another cool Kickstarter is under way! It’s called Connect-Pi, and it combines a Raspberry Pi web server and a responsive, mobile web application to create an automation system, allowing the user to control and monitor Arduino-type systems from anywhere in the world. Connect-PI allows you to connect up to 10 devices out of the box but you can add more devices by simply configuring the IP addresses of the new devices. Currently, Connect-PI libraries are tested for Arduino Uno boards, but they are portable to any microcontroller-based platform (including the chipKIT platform)!

Why not check it out?!

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Octoblu IoT with chipKit Uno32 + Motor Shield

Octoblu IoT Cloud Platform - chipKIT Uno32 + Motor Shield Omni-Wheeled Robot
Octoblu IoT Cloud Platform – chipKIT Uno32 + Motor Shield Omni-Wheeled Robot!

chipKIT boards have a new option for building IoT applications: the Octoblu platform! In this hackster.io tutorial, Andrew shows you how to get up and running with Octoblu using a chipKIT Uno32 and a chipKIT Motor Shield… oh, and of course, a few other things including omni wheels, to make a cool robot! Give it a gander and “respect” this project 😉

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