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 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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chipKIT-Driven LED Matrix Displays Text Sent via Bluetooth


With this fun Instructables tutorial by jolliFactory, you can learn to use chipKIT Uno32 to drive a set of LED Matrix Displays that will display text sent over Bluetooth, for example from an app on your Android phone.

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Android App Property Viewer for chipKIT


If you’ve ever wanted to view and change parameters on a board without plugging into a PC and making the changes, PONTECH’s new Android app makes this possible for chipKIT boards with USB hosting capabilities. PONTECH just released this Property Viewer Android app, as their own Quick240 product is chipKIT-based. To read more about it, visit PONTECH’s post!

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Easy Wireless Networking with chipKIT

Easy Wireless Networking of chipKIT Boards
Keith hard at work

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!

Easy Wireless Networking of chipKIT Boards
Networked chipKIT boards with stacked shields
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Bluetooth low energy for ChipKit

I have successfully ported the Bluetooth low energy SDK for Arduinoto the ChipKit. I started with the Bluetooth low energy API for Arduino. The ported sketch and library is available from my box account as a zip file. (unfortunately there does not seem to be a way to attach files to this post) https://app.box.com/s/v6ubqa6ta56klcmikm8n  (ble-sdk-chipkit.zip  460.7 KBytes) More details are present in the readme files and documentation in the download.   The shield that I used is here http://www.makershed.com/Bluetooth_Low_Energy_BLE_Shield_for_Arduino_2_0_p/mkrbl1.htm http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/bluetooth-40-low-energy-ble-shield-v20-p-1631.html The code has been tested with an UNO32 and the shield with nRF UART (free app to send and receive data over BLE). Apple iOS (nRF UART): https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/id614594903?mt=8 (iPhone 4S or later, iPad 3 or later, iPad mini or later) Google Play (nRF UART): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nordicsemi.nrfUART (Samsung S3) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nordicsemi.nrfUARTv2 (Android 4.3 and later)  
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