Making a Spy Rover

With the growth of computer science and cybernetics, the first mobile robots debuted during World War II. In the decades since, further advancements have made it possible to create a wide range of mobile robots, all with varying purposes and capabilities. But now, Instructables user MarioaraR explains how to make your very own Spy Rover with a chipKIT Wi-FIRE.

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Fast and Powerful MCUs: Embedded Computing Reviews chipKIT WF32 & Wi-FIRE

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!”

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Back to School and Looking Forward: A Letter from Clint Cole

After 15 years, we’re still hard at work building better tools for engineering education. We’re working more closely than ever with leading companies like Xilinx, Analog Devices, Texas Instruments, and Linear Technology, and our shared mission is the same — to create tools and technologies that give students access to the most relevant technologies. And I can honestly say that we’re all still loving our jobs! Since joining with National Instruments almost two years ago, we’ve gained access to a larger group of world-class engineers and improved our manufacturing processes, but we’ve maintained our laser-focus on producing the best, lowest-cost teaching and learning kits for engineers.

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The Making of the Wi-FIRE, Digilent’s First MZ chipKIT

In December 2013, Digilent received a cold call from Imagination Technologies. They loved our WiFi-enabled WF32 — but what if it had the latest PIC32 MZ-architecture processor instead of the MX processor that other chipKIT products have? After all, the MZ not only show-cased Imagination’s IP core (the way the processor is put together), but it was the ideal processor to run FlowCloud, their internet of things (IoT) solution. So, they asked, “Would it be possible to have 1000 of the retooled product by March?” It was with this seemingly out-of-the-blue call that the development of the chipKIT Wi-FIRE began!

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