Rejoice! A new chipKIT-based board is born! Dr. Mathias Wilhelm describes his brilliant design, the HelvePic32, a board to which he’s obviously given a lot of thought. This board incorporates the PIC32MX250F128B MCU and uses the chipKIT DP32 bootloader. However, the HelvePic32 expands on the through-hole concept and provides more components and headers, so it makes for a sort of expanded DP32 board. The pinouts are organized for convenient use and he explains all of this and more in his beginner-friendly tutorial. Check it out, and see Dr. Wilhelm describe why he selected the 32-bit chipKIT embedded platform for his HelvePic32 board.
In a previous post, you may have seen Marc’s version of a line-following robot using a chipKIT Uno32 and an Arduino Motor Shield (among other things), but if you haven’t had enough of robots or you’re new to robotics, check out this other line-following robot by Jay from Digilent using a chipKIT DP32! This example is particularly nice because it’s perfect for robotics beginners as it is quite inexpensive to build. The robot chassis is actually made of cardboard (so it doesn’t get much cheaper than that), no motor shield is required either, and instead of buying line sensors, you can make your own.