GIVEAWAY: Another chipKIT 32-bit board and Wifi shield

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Another chipKIT 32-bit Arduino-compatible board and Wifi shield to give away this week. Leave a comment on this post with a project idea, and these boards could be yours on Thursday.

The chipKIT uC32 is based on the popular Arduino open-source hardware prototyping platform and adds the performance of the Microchip PIC32 microcontroller.

The uC32 is the same form factor as the Arduino Uno board and is compatible with Arduino shields. It features a USB serial port interface for connection to the IDE and can be powered via USB or an external power supply.

The chipKIT uC32 is available for $34.99 and chipKIT Wifi shield for $49.99 from Digilent.

The chipKITWiFi Shield is an interface board designed for use with Digilent’s chipKIT line of microcontroller boards. The WiFi Shield makes use of the Microchip MRF24WB0MA WiFi module and provides chipKIT microcontroller boards the ability to connect to and communicate via IEEE 802.11 compatible wireless networks.

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  1. Greg says:

    My idea for a uC32 and wifi shield would be a portable wifi scanner with logging ability. Throw in a GPS unit and you would have a very useful wifi detector – a mini wardriving unit small enough to fit in your coat pocket.

  2. It could be used in a greenhouse to monitor environmental conditions such as temperature, solar radiation, humidity, and soil moisture in order to evaluate conditions conducive of plant disease and viral infection. It could store this data on the SD card and then transmit the information through wifi back to an offsite base station for remote data analysis. This is the basis of my graduate research project. I’m still in the process of selecting hardware and this board would make a great foundation for the project!

    Steve

  3. Peter Haban says:

    I’m currently sourcing parts for a new project and this would fit in very well. Project is to put solar panels on the garage I just rebuilt but I want to make my own controller to charge the battery bank. While I’m at it the same setup will also provide PIR, environmental data logging, facilities to turn consumers like lights and fans on/off remotely as well as with a local switch and display data on a LCD as well as feed it into my MySQL database. It’s likely that my brain comes up with more ideas on the way though…
    This looks much more suitable than the PICs I just attempted to solder onto breakout boards :)

  4. Crenn says:

    A robot! Always a wifi enabled robot :D

  5. Jon Jackson says:

    Using a GPS receiver in a window, I would create a local link (WiFi, Zigbee, or other) with GPS base station establishing an NTP server link to all devices in the local vicinity including the home control system, Nixie and other clocks, phones, fiducial time stamp overlay for video surveillance, etc. The system would be the home time reference point.

  6. pine says:

    A set of this could make a LED light and music effect controller in my favorite bar. Customers are given a private url and through the wireless router currently providing internet services, they can play with different led light effects, or type in their public announcement message, maybe even a marriage proposal message!

  7. Fábio Rico says:

    With this kit I would have implemented a skype phone over wifi and a extra shield with sepaker and mic

  8. ginpb says:

    So i’m working on a localization system (sort of GPS) using radio modules, zigbee for now, but would be great try to port the system to this little wifi module, this way you can use wifi APs as anchor nodes and make a localization system for indoor.

  9. chipres says:

    i like to connect to a camera and take pictures and tweet

  10. Ernie says:

    This would make a great wireless weather station. while having the capability to do environmental data logging to the SD card or to local news channels via wireless. I would also add solar panel and Anemometer for charging the batteries and wind speed. Could monitor the amount of sun per day from the solar panel voltage readings. A rain gauge is a must and a web interface.

  11. James Bowes says:

    My mom is deaf, and frequently home alone. I’d use this board and wifi shield to hook up to her doorbell, then pair it with an app on her hand-me-down android phone, to vibrate the phone whenever the doorbell rings.

  12. Rohit de Sa says:

    I’m building a bill-of-material display system. The factory where I work builds several different products. Parts for the products are stored in a central warehouse. There are some parts that are common to all products, but the quantities of the parts required varies from product to product. The system I’m building will have small LED displays below the part bins. You’ll be able to enter the product you’re building using an LCD touchscreen. Once you select the product, the host (Chipkit32) will instruct the appropriate LED displays to light up. Naturally, the BOM for each product will be stored on the host. The host will communicate with each display over a serial 2-wire connection. New BOM data or BOM updating on the host will be done over WiFi from a PC.

  13. The project will be a Wireless Home Automation system with light control , temperature , humidity, and Co2 measrements – the data will be readable and controlable from Smartphone & Tablet

  14. Kevin says:

    This would be a great fit for a project I am working on. I want to replace the electronics in my telescope, but keep the motors/mechanical portion. The WiFi would allow me to talk to a smartphone in order to make use of the GPS in order to know where the scope is in order to accurately point at celestial objects. This would also allow me to use the UI in the smartphone for selecting objects to point at, possibly integrating with something like Google sky. This would be in addition to my plans to use a Wii nunchuck controller for basic control of the scope.

  15. toru says:

    My project will be to put on the back of my dog and the board get a picture collected at some rate from his point of view. Data will be available on line though a web-interface. A gps module will provide a GIS localization in my backyard.

  16. ken says:

    windfarm data logger….wondering if the arduino is up to the task and power efficient enough…

  17. Andrew says:

    I’m still excited to get FASTSPI ported over to ChipKit. It will really kick ass for big LED visual displays!

  18. David says:

    Robot on Roomba chassis. Already have the chassis and wifi webcam with pan/tilt for vision, now need the brains. Wifi shield will make connectivity easy, and the chipkit32 should have enough IO for sensors,no problems with a web control interface, and hopefully some good path-finding/navigation code.

    D.

  19. RTGR says:

    I will use it for my Butler robot project, http://letsmakerobots.com/node/33972

  20. I’m planning a vehicle tracking application based on WiFi to be used for harbor operations, I’d use the ChipKit and the WiFi shield to build a prototype.

  21. Tom Price says:

    FREE BEER. I would like to build a data logging controller for my electric HERMS nanobrewery. Mash and liquor temperature will be subject to PID control using forks of Brett Beauregard’s PID and autotune libraries that I have ported to C. I am planning radio enabled thermometry using DS18B20/NRF2401 modules. A wifi connection would be ideal to log sensor data and actions directly to a website and tweet alerts when temperature/timer controls are reached or human intervention is required. Dangerous Prototypes personnel are welcome round for an ale or two. :)

  22. Ondronr says:

    I would build replacement cloth washing mashing control board for our broken machine. We could command it over wifi with smartphone :)

  23. Stijntjhe says:

    My idea is to make an universal web-application and use that to control the boards through wi-fi, then build a robot around it and connect it wirelessly to a docking station to communicate with it. Then you can build all kinds of awesome things with it, a lot of experimenting!

  24. Don Doerres says:

    My grand nephew and I are working on a series of weather stations for his junior year high school physics project, studying differences in weather across the city of Phoenis. This would assist in web-enabling one of the stations to communicate home and save a trip to pick up the logging data.

  25. Matthew says:

    I have wanted to have a go at building a whole home controller with one of these. Add in a small touch screen and battery pack and then use it to control various networked nodes around the house.

  26. John says:

    I would use it as the controller for an autonomous rover that I am building as a demo project for our local middle school robotics club. Currently it has an arduino with pre-programmed routes. I would like to add POV video capabilities and communication with the “home base”.

  27. Hilmi Iseri says:

    CROWD SOURCED JUKEBOX for bars & pubs! I’d hook this up to a mp3 shield + speakers, and everyone could “vote” for the next song from their phones. The wifi shield would host the server in this case, and it would be accessible through any browser.

    This could be a really fun party tool, where people crowd together to choose the next song and dance their hearts out.

  28. aeroengineer1 says:

    Here is to the automated sprinkler/gardening system!

  29. Werner says:

    A Wifi controlled Garage door opener – to be controlled by Iphone & Ipad / Android
    A special APP will be developed for the IOS models and distributed by Apple App store

  30. 32bit!! nice for an automated lights -wifi accessible- controller for a house, whit a PSP recicled LCD and a touchscreen as the HMI… An automated house that twitt if your sensors are activated

  31. Scott says:

    Best project ever:

    Learn something about PIC microcontrollers.

    I’ve puttered around with AVRs & MSP430s, now it’s time to try PICs.

  32. Noy says:

    I have an Chipkit UNO 32 already, but no wifi shield. I will try to build an quadrocopter with the chipkit and then i will control the Quadrocopter over wifi with my Motorola Defy…

    (after I have done my bachelor thesis…)

  33. Silencer says:

    a replacement for a broken coffee machine electronic with internet ordering page

  34. Iuri says:

    A acquisition system embedded in a electric car (college competition) for a lot of sensor monitoring and sending all data through WiFi to the team computer for diagnostic and log.

  35. Arsene Daniel says:

    Control my RC car with iphone, using TouchOSC. I realy need wifi control.

  36. Chris says:

    A “floating” voltmeter & low speed oscilloscope that can be viewed through a browser. This would let you scope those situations where the display must be electrically isolated from the point where the data is collected. Your smart phone, tablet, or laptop can be the display for a digital scope.

  37. Hector says:

    Home made telescope controller

  38. Daniel says:

    A home energy monitoring system with plc communication between a base station and the sensors, the sensors will have the hability to know the power consumed in a wall socket and the possibility to turn off the wall socket. the base station will have a web server so the user can controll all the wall sockets that have the sensor

  39. William says:

    One of my ideas is a Wireless LED Array controller either for at home or for DJ’s. Then you can put your RGB array anywhere and still be able to control it. For at home you could set it up to control it when you are away from home as well.

    • William says:

      The other thing I was thinking of was a wireless Sound level logger plus realtime audio meter. Which could also work with the RBG array. So you could check sound levels in different areas of a room.

  40. Arthur says:

    Upgrading an old project to use Wifi, the project in question is the WebSD.
    http://www.instructables.com/id/WEBSD/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skgRZzjWb58

    All the new code would be Open Source an a great tool to learn, as it has been with the webSD.

  41. Sudar says:

    Would love to use it to build my own home security system by hooking it up with sensors and send alerts by communicating to a web server which can be viewed from an Android phone.

  42. DjPierreD says:

    I have a project for my cousin who is a farmer. He wants a video camera capable to see his cows by night and day. He wants to be able to control the position and the zoom via an internet webpage. At the end, he will not need anymore to wake up during the night to check if all his cows are ok. This kind of product already exists but cost a lot: almost 5000€ and I think that with this kind of board, it is possible to built this system for almost nothing. Thanks

  43. Skappy says:

    Hi Ian,
    I would use the chipkit 32 bits for building a sunseeker. It would allows photovoltaic panel to be always facing the sun all along the day. It would allow to increase the energy production rate significally. The project take into account the variation of weather condition …

    Thank you very much

    Have a nice day

    Skappy

  44. Alfonso Alvarado says:

    I’m just thinking in a water putification system usin UV lights with some solar panels and sience it has wi-fi an e-mail notificaton will be nice to have in case of breaking down or just info the system status

  45. B says:

    I’d use it for building (simple?) home router from scratch since I want to learn as much as I can about networks.
    PIC’s 512k flash should be enaugh to implement routing protocols, dhcp, qos, basic firewall and maybe simple web server or ssh daemon allowing to reconfigure it.
    With this 80MHz it’d DoS fast with task to route whole network traffic, but it’d be still pretty good lesson for me and since it’s a prototyping platform I could use it for another project after building this one :)

  46. yggdrasilien says:

    A mod player for Christmas!!!!

    Store some mods (chip tune) on the SD Card, connect 4/8 channel relays to tinsels, setup open wifi and code a streaming radio.

    The device works like a physical audio visualizer.

    Now, decorate the Xmas tree with theses tinsels.
    Call your friends and wait for the night.
    Anyone connects his smartphone to this Wifi and a listen the radio.
    Press ON and watch the switching lights.

    Useless but lot of fun!

  47. Vladimir says:

    Wow, with WiFi! I will connect JPEG serial camera module to this board and program it to post images on instagram or somewhere. Pack it in a water-resistant box, add a battery, write some energy-saving code with RTC, idle mode and interrupts and i will get a device to leave it on a tree and get some awesome photos for the couple of weeks.

  48. Superfro says:

    I have an old giant led sign that was got at a hamfest. The controller board is dead, it would be nice to replace the guts with this and send commands to update it via wifi, maybe even web controlled!

  49. I think my last message was flagged as spam because it contains a link to my “Let’s build an open Source TCP/IP Networking Stack” tutorial which is under construction.
    I would need these two boards to test my open source TCP/IP stack on another architectures like PIC32 (so far i am using STM32 ARM Cortex M3) and the wireless module write drivers for it.
    So far my stack can use ARP, ICMP and basic UDP and i am using an ENC28J60 as ethernet controller.
    It would be nice to have an arduino-style test board with wireless capabilities to test my code. It goes back to the community anyway since the tutorial and the code are/will_be open source.

  50. matt says:

    Build a wifi webserver to serve test data remotely to QA engineers (and design engineers) desk from the production floor. Integrate with both scpi and gpib as well as basic a to d to read test data.

  51. Relaxe says:

    I would use this as a MP3 streamer. Programming the web-radios I like, and using a MP3 decoder shield and computer speakers. Just to avoid carrying the laptop around all the time…

  52. Stephen says:

    Trying my luck again with the previous giveaway. Haven’t got the luxury to invest in an alternate platform!

    I’ve been trying to create a airborne data logger, which will be launched with the aid of helium filled balloon. I’ve met problems with my wireless communication link from my cheap nrf24l01 radio modules, and have limited computation power for error correction on my existing ardunio.

    The Chipkit board seems to be a good drop in replacement for my design without major code changes, and the Wifi shield looks like a potential candidate for my wireless link. I might consider the ability of deploying multiple WiFi access points on the ground to increase my link coverage as well! Not to mention the microSD slot will be very useful to log the data sent, and be used to compare with the received data for debugging purposes.

  53. exapod says:

    Build a rocket to go on Mars ;)

  54. Hector says:

    Humidity control. Use the board to pick up data from several humidity sensors placed through the facility and strategically turn fans on/off according to the locations of humidity pockets, while at the same time saving energy if the outdoor humidity level is higher than the indoor. Humidity(indoor) fans enabled.

  55. Grapsus says:

    I would use it to build a remote music player, probably implementing RTP media transport over WiFi.

  56. Eric says:

    This would be a great foundation for an internet radio. Add an LCD and a few controls and its all software from there!

  57. kab says:

    This will be fine ‘server’ for my home sensors network (including: DHT-22 humidity and temp sensor, MAX44009 light sensor, china IR motion sensor and pressure MPL115A1 sensor from freescale).
    Right now all sensors (placed in 3 different points) linked with NRF24L01+ modules (controlled by simple STM chips) in network but have no ‘main server’ which accumulate their values together.
    ChipKIT uC32 will be fine ‘main server’ to accumulate all values and send them over WiFi to some public server, like Pachube (Cosm).

  58. SaakNeMah says:

    WiFi -> DMX converter, so I can control my ligthing over the web

  59. Jacob B says:

    I have been working on a large LED table which uses a FFT to display the room noise as well as other visualizations. This would allow me to do the calculations the Arduino cant easily handle and stream information from my computer all without wires. The micro-SD is really needed to store the different visualizations, saving code space.

  60. Nils says:

    You can’t win unless you try. so here are some ideas:
    Hack my Keurig (Might as well, getting a new one soon probably)
    Internet controlled addressable holiday lighting (for when I own a home)
    Build a Pip Boy (helping a friend who does prop design)
    Any number of mitmproxy projects.

  61. voidptr says:

    Cool !
    I will used both to power and control a little robot i just started ..

  62. Karl says:

    I’d use it for the traffic speed detector I’ve been thinking about. People drive too fast in the street outside here, in spite of there being kids (mine among others) around. A couple of reflective detectors will detect large moving objects (a.k.a. cars), the uC will calculate the objects speed, log to temp storage locally and then send via wifi to Postgres SQL server for persistant storage.
    Next steps would be a feedback indicator (flashing lights etc) to the drivers, investigate feasibility of using solar or other freely available energy source (maybe its possible to use the kinetic energy of the cars somehow.. A hose across the street, with the car-generated air pulse driving a small generator… Prob not…). Would love to take a picture of each speeder’s number plate too, I suspect there might be privacy concerns there though.. :)

  63. Mr Nobody says:

    I would use it for an EEG project.

  64. Alecs says:

    I would use the WiFi shield to control my quadcopter and stream images from a on-board camera to my computer.

  65. Hendrik Lipka says:

    I want to remotely control our heating system. In the winter, it should starting heating up our home when we leave work (which you can detect by going offline in Skype – so the ChipKit just looks whether we are online or not, and wen not it starts heating up).
    Also, I want to be alterted when the heating system fail. Last winter, we were on vacation for a week, it switched itself completely off, and the temperature in the house dropped to just above freezing point. Next winter, I want to get an email so I can alert my neighbors.

  66. andthen says:

    I propose to use these devices in my 2-meter wingspan powered-sailplane. It’s primary function would be datalogging, with secondary function as a short range locator. Expansion posibilities include, pan and tilt camera downlink, and pre-programmed flight manuvers.

  67. Knight says:

    As student i still trying to build first project homemade that is an NTP / GPS Alarm clock with fun multicolor 7 seg. A wifi module will be a key item in my design cause my goal is to have only 1 wire to power it.

  68. agerlier says:

    I could integrate this dangerous prototype in my (real) letter box.
    So the device send an email as soon as something touch the ground.
    Then I will add a humidity and temperature sensors.

    Geeking is not an option!

  69. Brent Bolen says:

    If I won this combination, I could build a small computer that monitored giveaways on dnagerousprototypes.com, and enter them automatically.

    Or I could build a home monitoring system and alarm.

  70. Jason says:

    I’d like to use the chipKIT uC32 and WiFi for OBD-II and GPS data logging while stored in my car. The uC32 could be used for data acquisition, storing temporary data (speed, RPM, location, etc) and other metrics on the SD card. Once the car stops for a certain duration, the uC32 could upload the data to a remote service via WiFi to be viewed later.

  71. Cristian says:

    I cloud use it to make a domotic application to my home, controlling the lights trough my smartphone or an web application.

  72. Arup Basak says:

    I don’t have any attractive project idea which can make me winner. I was not picked last week. No hope this time too I guess.

  73. johnklein says:

    I’d like to use the chipKIT to teach children how to program a small computer in a very “touchable” way with lessons where they would see direct results of their work. The final project will be to interconnect this board with their mobile phones, usualy kids are very receptive to this kind of things.

  74. aj34 says:

    A wi-fi controlled vacuum (I hate house cleaning so I want to automate it)

  75. Another idea… WiFi controlled energy measurement for my wind generator and a house intelligent controller… if the wind generation isn’t as good as possible, and the batteries are down, the controller will twit the status, and the user can shut down some loads to minimize the power consumption

  76. Mati says:

    paired with Texas Body Sensor can make nice ECG or EEG device

  77. Dr. CroW says:

    I moved to another city and now I work from Internet. I want to make some telepresence device to put in the office and interact with my coworkers!!! (and annoy them)

  78. lincomatic says:

    A network-connected J1772 multi-vehicle charging station for electric cars.

  79. tekdemo says:

    Convert my room into a giant crane game. Just hang a few rods on my ceiling and a few motors. Would making picking up those socks way more fun. Especially since I could attach a webcam make a web page so someone _else_ will do it. :3

  80. Pedro says:

    Use the uc32 to comunicate and read a multichannel 24 bit ADC for measuring of amplified transducer (photodiodes) signals. Automation of other periferals is also of high interest.

  81. Mazhar Hussain says:

    This Kit would be a replacement and enhancement in one of my recent on going project. Currently using Atmels EVK1100 kit hosting 32 bit controller and an Ethernet port. the setup include sensor ( for detection of alpha particles(radiation) ) an some DIY analog circuitry including a charge sensitive amplifier, shaping amplifier and peak detector. I am thinking to replace peak detector and use micro controller to get the waves and do the correct measurement and counting of Alpha particles.If i could get this kit then i could not only can logg the the data but also transfer it to computer using WIFI shield .
    On computer side a Program running LABVIEW2011 will acquire that data and present it in a nice graphical way.

  82. Sebastian Gula says:

    EEG Based Lucid Dream indicator, flashing in front of your eyes when REM is detected.

  83. Shang-Shang Chen says:

    Remote access anything… turn off lights, modify computer settings etc

  84. Melissa says:

    Without mod chip set up or any components variations that pose a fantastic possibility to your wii console.
    I suggest wii game titles go for like $fifty – $200 !

    Lots of of these mod chips on the current market are directed at the Nintendo
    Wii item line.

  85. Typical vibration analyzers and software are intended for monitoring machine condition over the longer term.

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