Monthly Archives: June, 2015

FPGA
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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.

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Guide
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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.

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As you may have surmised from Jesse’s post earlier, we have a new product, the fantastic Nexys Video! To learn more, I talked to Sam Bobrowicz, one of the people at Digilent who worked very hard to get this product released.

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FPGA
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As someone who has a vested interest in audio and video technology, I find our new board, the Nexys Video, very exciting. It has HDMI input and output ports as well as a standard 24-bit audio codec, which, along with the massive DDR memory, make it ideally suited for handling audio and video signals.

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Recap
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We don’t know about you, but we’re about to go through a heat wave here. Know what else is heating up? The Digilent Blog! Between ASEE, a new product launch, and all the projects people are working on, this summer promises to be a scorcher. With that being said, stay cool and enjoy your weekend!

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Guide
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When perusing our site, you’ve probably noticed the section entitled programming solutions, or looked through our…

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Guide
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Have you ever looked at some of our images on Instagram and wondered how we compose them? Well, now you can learn how to take “Digilent style” photos with Quinn’s handy guide!

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Learn.Digilent
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It may have been a few weeks, but we’re back with the final chapter in Richard Wall’s chipKIT Pro series. The last project focused on using the chipKIT Pro MX7 to control a DC motor. This project expands on that by teaching how to determine the speed of a DC motor by measuring frequency.

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FPGA
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By now, you’re probably familiar with the ZYBO board. You’ve seen the ZYBOt, a tutorial for using embedded Linux with ZYBO, and how to tweet webcam photos with a ZYBO. Thanks to one intrepid Instructables user, you can now learn how to make a digital oscilloscope with a ZYBO.

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Announcement
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For those of you who frequented our Flickr page, you may have noticed that despite the stellar imagery, actually navigating to the page itself could be somewhat of a pain. Well, I’m proud to announce that those troubles are over.

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Digilent Design Contests
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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.

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Recap
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Are you all enjoying your summer? Things are picking up here, and so get ready for a bunch of new content from Digilent’s Blog! ASEE was a lot of fun, and we’ll have updates for you soon. In the meantime, enjoy your weekend and some blog posts.

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New Product
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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.

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Projects
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This Father’s Day, we would like to take a moment to appreciate all of the dads out there who inspire us to do our best. Whether new or experienced, our fathers are there to support us as we learn and grow. So what can we do for them to show our appreciation?

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Pmod
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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.

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Community
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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.

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Digilent Makerspace
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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.

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Events
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We love robots so much, we want you guys to help us make more awesome robots. You can already check out some of the items tagged Digilent from Repables and Thingiverse, and there are a bunch of great robot components already. But we want your help to make more robot parts for everyone to use.

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Recap
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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.

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