Installing Libraries in MPIDE

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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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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WF32 Pin Diagram

I’m a big fan of the chipKIT WF32. It’s a powerful little board with a WiFi card and SD card reader built in, but there’s a lot more to this board than meets the eye. There are a ton of communication lines, external interrupts, output compare pins, and more hidden in all those GPIO pins, but how do you tell what is what? That’s where the WF32 pin diagram comes in. I’ve compiled, color coded, and listed what each pin is capable of.

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A New Intern’s Experience Getting Started with chipKIT and Learn.Digilentinc!

Howdy! I’m the latest addition to the Digilent family, and I’m happy to make your acquaintance! As the newest member, my first task was to act as a guinea pig to test out our new Learn.Digilentinc webpage. After all, I was new to chipKIT, but I’m no fresh-faced newb (well… not much of a newb), I know my way around a microcontroller and this is hardly my first time blinking an LED, but I’m not a hardcore programmer or electrical engineer either, which was exactly what the Learn.Digilentinc website was created for. So I was asked to go through Digilent’s Learn site to familiarize myself with their hardware, and provide a little outside perspective on the tutorials. The following is a review of my experience with our Learn site, tutorials, and what sort of difficulties folks new to microcontrollers might have while learning the ropes on our hardware.

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