Monthly Archives: July, 2015

NI Week
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Here at Digilent, we have been very busy getting ready to head down to the lovely city of Austin, Texas, to attend National Instruments NI Week conference. Check out the NI week website to get more information about the event.

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Microcontrollers
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As you all probably already know, MPIDE is a programming environment that I, and many other people, use to program Digilent’s chipKIT line of microcontrollers. Well, along with the pre-loaded libraries and examples that you can find when you download MPIDE, you can also upload your own libraries.

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Community
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What is documentation? What constitutes good documentation? Miranda has some answers and resources here.

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Projects
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Overheated and under-financed? No sweat! We have curated some of the best D.I.Y cooling solutions, just for you and your’e biologically fragile body temperature.

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FPGA
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FPGA or microcontroller? Do I have to choose? We’re here with some of the differences between the two and appropriate times to use each.

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Recap
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What do you have planned this weekend? We’re getting ready for NI Week, when half our team will be down in Austin for a time of educational fun. We’re also extremely excited about our Robotics Open Hardware Initiative!

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Community
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I am a learner. I love robotics, but I’m still fumbling my way through it, learning as much as I can and doing my best to pass that knowledge on. That’s why it wasn’t really surprising to me when my Motor Controllers for Cheap Robots tutorial on Instructables started getting some comments that pointed out how badly designed my circuit was. What was surprising was how helpful that feedback proved to be!

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Projects
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Music is one of the more delightful aspects of being human. Listening to it provides such a thrill, but creating it — that takes real work. But what if there were a way to simplify that? Of course there is!

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Recap
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What do you have planned this weekend? Things have cooled down here, so it seems like a good weekend to get outside! For those of you who have indoor activities planned, consider looking at our guide about 3D printing in Repables. There are almost no limits to what you can come up with!

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Projects
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During the summer, gardens abound — so many people are keeping an eye out for their sun-ripened, home-grown tomatoes or for that lovely hydrangea that’s just the right shade of blue. But summers are also a very hectic time. So how do you maintain that garden and make sure it receives the care it needs? One of the projects created for the Digilent Design Contest 2015 is a smart irrigation system intended to work with an Android device to see to it your garden gets the moisture it craves.

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Tutorial
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Is your inability to accurately identify coin cell batteries negatively impacting your life and affecting your loved ones? Nate is here to help!

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