Happy Fourth of July!

Happy 4th of July! This is a short post to let you know that the Digilent office will be closed over the next couple of days. The Digilent Blog will be posting once a day. Our offices (and regular blogging schedule) will resume on July 6. In the meantime, have an Instructable or two!

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Happy Father’s Day!

This Father’s Day, we would like to take a moment to appreciate all of the dads out there who inspire us to do our best. Whether new or experienced, our fathers are there to support us as we learn and grow. So what can we do for them to show our appreciation?

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Summer of Digilent

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.

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Controlling LED strips with chipKIT

A few weeks ago, we found ourselves in the Digilent Makerspace tinkering with some fantastic LED strips, the WS2811 / WS2812. If you haven’t played with these yet, you really ought to. I grew up loving colored lights. Some kids threw the baseball, while I made amusing shapes on a Lite-Brite and begged to put Christmas lights in my window in mid-September. That being said, you can see how giving a weirdo like me a strip of individually-controlled LEDs, each supporting 24-bit color, would be like giving matches to a madman.

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