As smart homes are becoming more and more de rigueur, Instructables user skorpyon1992 created a timely project, the FPiDroid House. This project is still in beta testing, but has shown a lot of potential so far. By using the Nexys 3 (or any of our FPGA boards), you too could connect a lot of your devices to monitor and control your very own smart home.
Monthly Archives: June, 2015
I recently published an Instructable on how to use I2C in LabVIEW using LabVIEW MakerHub LINX, chipKIT WF32, and PmodGYRO as an example. Digilent sells a both LabVIEW Home Bundle and chipKIT WF32 in the LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit. In this Instructable, I go over how to read the data sheet to find what you’re looking for and how exactly to code what you find. This guide also details how to set up pull-up resistors for successful I2C communication.
One of the teams in the Digilent Design Contest 2015 designed the “Keep Close to Me” robot. It was created to make life easier for seniors and other mobility-limited groups. It can fetch pills or carry a glass of water by moving within a specified environment. This innovative project is in its first iteration but shows a good deal of promise.
We have a new product, and it’s terribly exciting! We’d like to welcome the LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit to our lineup. As we’ve mentioned before, LabVIEW is a graphical programming platform used for data acquisition and analysis, instrument control, prototyping and more. The LabVIEW Home Bundle makes this affordable for makers and students. What if you want to bring this portability and functionality to fruition in the physical world, though? That’s where the LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit comes in.
I was recently inspired to try out by Hamster’s own Colour Invaders project. As the name suggests, this project is similar in design to the classic Space Invaders game or (more similarly) the Casio’s Number Invaders on the calculator. The idea behind the game is that different colored “invaders” start marching down the LED strip and you have to fire missiles that match the color of the oncoming invader. Naturally, as you successfully destroy more of the attackers, the faster they come towards your base. Here is what you need to get started.
As most of you know, we have our own Forum where anybody can go post questions and projects involving Digilent products: FPGAs, microcontrollers, any of our scopes, National Instruments products like the LabVIEW Home Bundle, Pmods, programming solutions, you name it. With this wide variety of products and an even wider variety of potential questions, the Forum can be a little daunting to navigate. This post will help first-time Digilent Forum users get the best experience out of the Digilent Forum.
As the school year comes to an end and people and families prepare for their vacations, their minds begin to relax. To keep those minds sharp and focused, it may be time to start a summer project. Going through the Internet to find such a project can be tedious and time-consuming. If you don’t want to spend time going through thousands of Instructables, then maybe we can help. Let’s take a look at some of our projects and products that could help fill those lax summer hours.
It’s been a gorgeous (and desperately hot) summer out here so far, and we can’t think of a better way to spend an oppressively hot day than to switch on fleet of oscillating fans, pile on some ice packs, and enjoy some of the latest events and projects that Digilent’s blog has to offer! We’ve also been harnessing the seemingly infinite energy of a few new interns to aid us in the prep for ASEE, so be sure to check back for updates on the conference later next week.
We recently published a video about a simple Theremin built using the Analog Discovery and the Analog Parts Kit. A Theremin is an electronic musical instrument which essentially turns the user into a variable capacitor. The user can then adjust the frequency of the sound produced by the instrument by moving their hand in relation to an antenna. As the distance to the antenna changes, the capacitance also changes, thus changing the signal frequency. In the Theremin showcased in this video, a recycled soda can is used as the antenna.