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 LED Graduation Hat


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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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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Light Painting with chipKIT uC32 and WS2812 LEDs

Light painting with chipKIT uC32 and LED strip
Light painting with chipKIT uC32 and LED strip

You have to admit, light painting is WAY cool, even if you’ve just done it low-tech style with a flashlight. But on Digilent’s blog, you can learn how to light paint in a more “high-tech” way, if you will, with an LED strip (WS2812 LEDs) and a chipKIT uC32! Check it out!

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chipKIT Cmod + PmodOLED Light Sensor


Need to add light sensing to your code? Here’s a head start. Larissa at Digilent gives you the code and the instructions for wiring up a light resistor to a chipKIT Cmod and a PmodOLED Peripheral Module. As you can see in the video, the value on the OLED displays the change in light and darkness.

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chipKIT Fubarino Mini Blinky “Ugly” Sweater


If you haven’t attended all your ugly sweater parties this winter, you might have time to do this last-minute Blinky Sweater Project to have the “coolest” ugly sweater at your next party 😛 It uses a chipKIT Fubarino Mini, one of the smallest chipKIT boards out there!

To make this simple and fun project yourself, head to Instructables!

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