Getting Started with chipKIT WF32 and LabVIEW

After about a month of working with the chipKIT WF32 using LabVIEW, it came to my attention that the process to get all of the required software installed and working is not the easiest task in the world. That’s why I decided to create an Instructable that goes over how to get your chipKIT WF32 up and running with LabVIEW using LabVIEW MakerHub LINX, a package that is used to interact with common embedded platforms like Arduino, chipKIT, and myRIO. My Instructable also contains some resources to help you with the basics of LabVIEW coding.After about a month of working with the chipKIT WF32 using LabVIEW, it came to my attention that the process to get all of the required software installed and working is not the easiest task in the world. That’s why I decided to create an Instructable that goes over how to get your chipKIT WF32 up and running with LabVIEW using LabVIEW MakerHub LINX, a package that is used to interact with common embedded platforms like Arduino, chipKIT, and myRIO. My Instructable also contains some resources to help you with the basics of LabVIEW coding.

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SPI with chipKIT WF32 and LabVIEW

I have recently been working on SPI and I2C with the chipKIT WF32, LabVIEW Home Bundle, and various Pmods. Using LabVIEW MakerHub LINX, I was able to have the WF32 interface with the different Pmods and LabVIEW. I wrote an Instructable here about how I got the PmodALS (ambient light sensor) to interface with the WF32 which also includes a section on how to read the data sheet to find what you’re looking for. This Instructable was made as a guide so that others can understand how to read the data sheet in order to find the information required to use SPI for various sensors themselves.

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Display Weather and Location Using the chipKIT WF32 and LabVIEW

After getting used to the chipKIT WF32, I wanted to do something interesting with it that didn’t require any additional hardware. With that in mind, I created this simple program using only the LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit which contains LabVIEW Home Bundle and the chipKIT WF32. The on-board buttons on chipKIT WF32 and basic LabVIEW blocks are utilized to display the outside temperature in your area or your current location depending on which button is pressed. Using LabVIEW MakerHub LINX, the WF32 can be controlled using LabVIEW.

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I2C in LabVIEW

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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