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.
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.
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.
Embedded Computing featured a review of a couple of our boards, the chipKIT WF32 and Wi-FIRE in their April 30 blog post. “Digilent has released two interesting boards aimed at the much touted Internet of Things”, states the review, and later it sums up with some pretty glowing remarks as to their functionality. My favorite part: “I really like those two boards…No more need for a shield on top of the board!”
Aleph 1.0 is a remote-controlled robotic manipulator for biological or chemical probes. Its purpose is to allow scientists to safely manipulate and analyze biohazardous or toxic substances, or to simply observe or interact with small probes and/or devices that must be contained in controlled environments. Instructables user kovari_andrei provides a tutorial for doing just that. It uses the chipKIT Pro MX7, and we’re thrilled to see our products being used in such cool ways.