Using a chipKIT WF32 and a Raspberry Pi to set up fan control for XBOX

Fan Control Using WF32 and Raspberry Pi
Fan Control Using WF32 and Raspberry Pi

Has your XBOX ever overheated due to excessive use? If so, have you ever wondered what you can do to stop it?

In a fan-control project–developed by Austin Stanton after his XBOX 360 died–this is exactly the issue he is trying to correct. Once he finished grieving for his lost gaming system, Austin was able to focus on how to fix the problem so that his next system doesn’t die. After doing some research, he suspected his entertainment system was the culprit, not allowing enough heat to escape.

Austin decided that the best way to regulate the temperature was to regulate the airflow, which he achieves by using two fans and a servo; the servo was positioned so it would open a door (to increase airflow). A chipKIT WF32 monitors temperature and operates the fans, while a Raspberry Pi was controls the WF32 over Wi-Fi by means of two switches.

Pretty good sleuthing on Austin’s part, I’d say! You can check out the details on the Digilent blog, where his project is broken down into two posts. The first one describes how to set up fan control using LabVIEW, and the second one describes how to add a Raspberry Pi to the whole thing.

Good luck with all your DIY life hacks!

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chipKIT WF32 Tutorials for Projects in LabVIEW LINX

Connect your LabVIEW™ projects to the real world! LINX from LabVIEW MakerHub is a free, open-source add-on for LabVIEW software. In this series of video tutorials, learn how to use LINX with the Digilent LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit in projects based on the chipKIT WF32™ board.

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Plug and Play Pmods with chipKIT and LabVIEW

Plug and Play Pmods with chipKIT and LabVIEW

Extend the capabilities of chipKIT boards by using Digilent’s series of Pmods™, small I/O peripheral interface module boards. In this Instructable, you’ll learn how to connect these Pmod boards to a chipKIT WF32™ board and program with LabVIEW™ MakerHub LINX.

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chipKIT WF32 and LabVIEW LINX – Local Weather and Location

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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LabVIEW: LINX and chipKIT

LabVIEW Interface for chipKIT
LabVIEW Interface for chipKIT is now LINX

Do you use LabVIEW? Well even if you don’t, you might decide to try it once you hear what’s in store for those who do. A relatively new LabVIEW interface called LINX actually supports the chipKIT platform, though support really isn’t such a new thing. As you can see in this post from a year ago, LINX actually started out as LIFCK (LabVIEW Interface For chipKIT).

In more recent news, this post provides a brief summary for how LabVIEW’s LINX and chipKIT together provide students and hobbyists a low-cost DAQ (Data Acquisition) or Control System.

For “Getting Started” material and support, please visit: labviewhacker.com/linx.

Tell us about your data acquisition and measurement projects in the comments!

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