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.”
In this blogpost and this Instructable from Digilent, check out how you can control your chipKIT WF32 from a remote computer with internet access. Your chipKIT WF32 must be connected to a network, but other than that, all you need is an SD card for your WF32. Check out the tutorial for all the details to make your chipKIT WF32 a host webserver that allows access to the WF32 pins from a web page.
In preparation for the Microchip MASTERs Conference in Phoenix next week, Keith Vogel and Gene Apperson of Digilent are preparing two classes. Gene will teach the Introduction to chipKIT class and Keith will teach the more advanced class, which features an overview of wireless networking protocols and includes hands-on lab exercises with the chipKIT uC32, WiFi Shield, and Basic I/O Shield.
Digilent provides an open source networking stack as well as a robust http server sketch. Attendees will learn how to use this free software to add wireless networking to their designs quickly and easily. Hope to see you there!