GIVEAWAY: chipKIt Motor shield, chipKIT WF 32, chipKIT DP 32, and chipKit Cmod

Microchip and Digilent handed over a  chipKIT WF 32, chipKIt Motor shield,  chipKIT DP 32, and chipKit Cmod to give away this week.  Leave a comment on this post with a project idea, and one of  these boards could be yours on Friday.

The chipKIT WF32 is based on the popular Arduino™ open-source hardware prototyping platform and adds the performance of the Microchip PIC32 microcontroller.
The WF32 is the first board from Digilent to have a WiFi MRF24 and SD card on the board both with dedicated signals.

The chipKIt Motor shield is available for $29.99chipKIT WF 32 for $69.00chipKIT DP 32 for $23.99, and chipKit Cmod for  $29.00  from Digilent.


The chipKIT™ Motor Shield is an expansion board for use with the chipKIT Uno32 and chipKIT uC32. It provides additional circuitry and connectors for the Uno32 and uC32 to drive various motors types.
The chipKIT Motor Shield is designed to drive DC motors, servo motors, and stepper motors.


The chipKIT DP32 is a chipKIT/MPIDE compatible prototyping and project development board from Digilent. It combines the power of the Microchip® PIC32MX250F128B with a wire wrap prototyping area, provision for an EEPROM non-volatile memory, and analog temperature sensor, a potentiometer, buttons and LEDs in a single board. The mounting hole footprint on the board is designed to fit in the Hammond 1591XXSSBK project box.

chipKIT CMOD-obl-600

The chipKIT Cmod is a chipKIT/MPIDE compatible board from Digilent. It combines a Microchip® PIC32MX150F128D microcontroller with a convenient 600-mil, 40-pin DIP package and two Digilent Pmod connectors. Digilent’s Cmod boards are ideally suited for breadboards or other prototype circuit designs where the use of small surface mount packages is impractical.

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    1. Interactive lighting and sound for my room, bluetooth connected so I can pair my phone and play whatever music I have on there. And hooked into the RGB lighting I have in my room, so the music can react to the sound. Also a music control module sitting next to my bed, so I can hit a few buttons to chnge volume and song instead of having to get up and find my phone.

  1. I have been building a weather station that will ultimately be for the roof of my office building. We have wifi up there, but I’m not sure if we’d be able to get a cabled connection (I’m sure we won’t be allowed to drill holes, and I’m thinking the wifi router is inside). The WF32 board would be able to fill that gap (and free up my BBB) to allow me to get rainfall amounts, temperature, and humidity from the roof of the building.

  2. I’d use it to create a home automation system. Automatically switch on/off outside lights based on time/light levels. Use the WiFi to receive GPS coords sent from my phone to switched on inside lights when nearing home. Incorporate the irrigation system into it. Monitor status of gates, doors, windows to determine which are left open. Perhaps even motorise the bedroom shades so that they open when the sun rises… Just my idea ;)

  3. Lots of I/O on the WF32. Could be used as a Domotics controller, with WIFI. I’d like to try that one.
    And the motor shield could be perfect for my homemade CNC pcb router project.

  4. The chipKIT WF 32 would be a great standalone weather station with data logging capabilities (sd card). I’m designing a basic solar-powered system and having more functionality built into the board would simplify the setup.

    The motor shield would be perfect for some Christmas-themed animatronics to fascinate my 17 month old!

  5. I would attach a temperature and humidity sensor to the WF32 and send the results to a webservice to be recorded. It should be possible to calculate the dew point on the board.
    The real time clock, sleep mode and timers of the PIC32 microcontroller should come in useful too.

  6. We would use the chipKIT WF 32 for the kids robot so they will be able to control it without a long ethernet cable (60% more or less done). Ofcourse their Dad will play with it too! :-). We will give away the arduino uno + ethernet shield to someone else that could use it and doesnt have a big money bag for it..
    If we are lucky to recieve the motorshield we will try to buy the Uno32 (or Uc32) and create a new Robot from scratch..

    The chipKIT DP32 would be used in the terarrium to measure the temps and to change it if neccesary. Could build the light/moister sensors on it too. Same goes for the chipkit CMOD but then we will have to use a breadboard with it.

    Any part that would be replace by one of these goodies will be given away for free to other people at the hobby club (we all have a tight budget to spend)..

    Everyone good luck with the giveaway contest!

  7. I would use it to make a motor driven gopro stick that could be controlled by your phone :)

  8. On board wifi, lots of I/O, SD card. Definitely a nice brain for wifi enabled 6 by 6 foot droping water display. Make like 4 or 5 rows and and light them in sequence to get effect of normal display. Put it on top of a building and watch your movie in water definition.

  9. Any would be great but the WF32 would be perfect for my new robot project. I am doing a 3rd remake and this time using ROS. I always always wanted to use the Chipkit series. It has a lot of potential and room to do so much.

  10. I would put the motor driver into either my rover project or my segway project. I haven’t worked with PIC controllers since my days building solar charge controllers around the (then new) 12 bit A/D PIC16F series came out.

  11. Id use the DP32 to make a CHipKit version of a Retro-Inspired Cynare Drum Synth( ADSR with variable exponential attack, LFO’s included) and some additional features ( Modulation related Like phaser, flanger and some basic reverb and delay- This through an additional memory chip to allow some leverage in the chips memory limitations). More: My intention would be to open source all my work, so that anyone can( hopefully) learn from my experience trodding the path for such a project ! I love PIC32’s and never had the chance to try Diligent’s boards , tbh ! This would come handy, as i been looking into the DIP version of the pic32’s for this same project i been preparing for some while.
    Now that would be luck!! ;)

  12. I could use the set for a remote controlled model inter-modal container crane i am building in HO-scale.

    The small processor boards could go into the remote control or the crane, the large one with the motor controller board would be best for the crane control (anti swing controls!) since there would be feedback on the traverse and lift actuators.

  13. I would like to make a wifi enabled jukebox using the chipKIT WF 32

    1. The SD card would store the mp3(s) and the current selection of songs in a text file.
    2. The Microcontroller would store the list of mp3(s) and would be responsible for triggering playback.
    3. A webserver running separately, would post the new order of songs to the microcontroller, the moment a user makes a song selection.
    4. The mp3 decoding would be accomplished using a VS1053 IC

  14. My robotics society could really use the WF32 as a communication and control node for this years mobile robotics project. We’re hoping to create a robot that will be a ground tender for rc aircraft so that we can explore automated aircraft servicing. We’d also be able to use the motor shield as part of that.

    The robot would tow aircraft out to the startup area and get the engine turned over till it runs. Then leave. After landing it would go and recover the aircraft and tow it back to the shut down area. This would allow takeoff and landing to continue without having to wait while the aircraft is recovered or deployed by a human.

  15. I would use a WF32 as a door lock that opens with an USB key. It would communicate with a computer that would permit or not access based on the USB ID.

  16. I would use the WF32 as a nano server to pull request from our server and prepare them for dispatching to Kobo readers so that I know what are the repair requests we have to process in our lab.

  17. Because I’m a beginner, I would use the chipKIT WF 32 to controll my radio controlled power sockets and then I would try to make some more house automation.

  18. I will use chipKIT DP32 in my university project gantry robot design and control. Using webcam as feedback on top of it with opencv it can be used for automatic picking and placing (moving) picked object. I could add touchscreen control interface for manual control too.

  19. I would use the WF 32 to build a door sentry for students living in rez. Each door can sent an email once it’s opened

  20. I’d love to put the WF32 into a project I’ve been scheming about for quite a while- I want to built an automatic 3d copier- ie put a device into a 3d scanner, and a 3d printer will create said device.

  21. i would use the WF 32 to check the filling of the oiltank of my heater in the cellar log it make some statistics and get the data per wifi and/or per internet for to go.

  22. Would love to use the WF32 or motor shield for a robot project for the kids and the other chipKITS are great for keeping the terrarium (frogs) at a good temp and control the light and moisture for them.

  23. I have some ancient “motorized” Christmas lawn decorations that I have been rebuilding with 3D printed parts — having a WF32 would expand the scope of that project :-)

  24. I have been VERY slowly working on a telescope pointer for a while now. The motoSheild would be a great help.

  25. I would use it for a wireless thermostat and temperature logger. I already have a windows service running which is a multi-client TCP server which logs and monitors some sensors. Currently this is Ethernet based and I would love to move to wireless

  26. I’m finishing up converting my turbine powered minimoto to electronic control, next is my turbine powered minivan. I would use all of this to be able to control the addressable LED strips and effects I plan on adding to this as well as monitor/control and interlock the existing system electronically. It’s all relays now it would be sweet to automate the whole process and maybe run it off my cell phone or lappy! I do industrial controls for a living and have an awesome coder. I can make mountains move w a ttl signal, +- 10 volts, pwm I got it! The van puts on a good show but i need to automate it and add sound n more pyro.

  27. A home automation system to control motor controlled windows opening based on humidity and CO2 level in the whole house …
    The project status will when started be published in detail on a weekly basis in the Linkedin group
    “Connected Home Networking” – 13.000 members

  28. I would use it as the main board of my “Control System Trainer Module” idea. This module would be used to learn about different control systems techniques and theories and if everything goes well I will post videos explaining those theories using the module.

  29. WF32 looks Nice, comes just after just stuffing up an almost identical PCB (I’m getting too old for prototyping with 0.5mm pitch!), anyway I may do a bit of cheating!

    Has an ICSP connection too so can use a decent IDE :-)

  30. WF32 looks like a prime candidate for a remote location weather station / solar power system automation controller.

  31. I would use the WF32 with the motor shield to create a wireless stepper motor jukebox. Use the SD card to store midi tracks and the wifi to upload tracks and select which track to play.

  32. The chipKIT WF 32 would be great for a web enabled beer vending machine. It’s always handy to know the quantity on hand while out shopping.

  33. Project Project Project. Well, my current project is a 3D milling machine. I’ve started the frame and hardware but have yet to decide on a controller for it. This pic32 looks like an ideal device for such.

  34. Hi!,
    I would use chipKIT WF 32 to make motorbike telemetric system.
    ChipKIT has only 12 ADC I would probably use some small expansion board with MCP2515 and a few PIC18F25K80 CAN microcontroler boards (with a protocol – f.ex. CANOpen). Distributed system would be faster, more fail-proof and more flexible. I would like to catch data from the engine (RPM, throttle position, intake pressure, few point temperature), drive chain (gear, speed from front and rear wheels) and custom built sensors (suspension deflection, brake fluid pressure). The data will be stored on a SD card, WiFi would allow to view data in real time. In the future I would also include GPS localization, gyroscope and accelerometer (with live Kalman filter). I want to develop this system and in the future maybe not only observe but also drive some features (with the engine at the end ;)).

  35. I would port my Mobot Library( on these boards to be able to have an easy differentially driven mobot powered by PIC32. This would allow me to do more than just line following but perhaps basic image processing.

    At the moment my library can run on Arduino, Pinguino, and Philrobokit.

  36. I’m building a chicken coop for my daughters’ to raise chickens. If I win the chip kit hardware I would like to add automation to the entrance to open and close at sunrise and sunset with sensors and timers to correlate. Temp, humidity and air quality sensors to monitor indoor and outdoor conditions and controlled servos to open ventilation with variable speed controlled fans using the motor controllers. I’d add a led strip to scare away predators at night maybe a proximity sensor with piezo alarm.

    This win could make our simple coop plans into a real resort for our hens.

    Thank you for sharing these with giveaways.

  37. i plan on using the chipKIT WF 32 to enable parts of rotatable monitor and locally connected web server for a arcade cabinet. this would also handle the leds and the buttons on the cab.

  38. We are building a house on a 3 acre plot of land. The house will be about 100 yards away from the mailbox. Even before this give-away, I’ve been daydreaming about building a smart mailbox. Not only would it notify me when the box had been opened (so I could know when to go out and pick up the mail), but I would also have it snap a picture every time the box was opened in order to catch mail thieves. I am also considering adding a keycode or wireless fob detector so the mailbox locks after the mail has been dropped off so only I can open it to retrieve it. And since I was dreaming, I also thought of putting a LED light inside the box so I could, on demand, take a picture of what it looks like, so I could know if the mail was mostly junk mail or if that box from ebay arrived or not.

    The ChipKit WF32 would have more than enough range for my application, and it would have more than enough horsepower to do the jpeg image compression.

  39. I’d use this to make an intelligent “standing desk” treadmill system. The system would provide motor drive/elevation control as well as remote telemetry and control via WiFi.

  40. With christmas coming this would be great for controlling a small (interactive?) nativity scene. with lots of blinking leds^Wstars and playing a christmas tune. Also, who can not help but love little animated jesus?!

  41. The WF-32 would be perfect for developing my configurable generic IoT node.
    But since most of the guys eager to have this board I think I could have a good use of the DP32 board or the Cmod board. Both of them seems perfect for finally realize and prototype the universal alarm clock and music player project promised to my daughters.

  42. I would use the WF32 to redesign my current project – an interface to help those with physical disabilities (specifically Huntington’s at this point, because it also helps with lack of speech) increase their quality of life. Originally it was for a friend who has lost most motor control and the ability to speak play his favourite board game but as we add more features and are thinking about ramping it up for other disabilities I’ve been thinking avout switching to a 32 bit platform anyway. I’ve recently received the Bus Pirate and I’m already using it to try and make a difference in someone’s life. Hopefully with the WF32 I could start to make a prototype to make an even bigger impact on someone’s life.

    Thanks again for all your hard work and the awesome giveaways DP!!!

  43. Hi

    I‘ve just bought a house. Of course, a hobbyist will always want to know how hot or how high the humidity in his new kingdom is; (amongst other things).
    I’ve been thinking for a long time about how I can implement the system
    So a chipKIT board with wifi would be an ideal base station.
    My idea is to take a few nRF24L01 modules and place them by the windows and doors on every floor of my house to measure the temperature and then have the results sent to the base station. (These boards with NRF24L01 and a PIC18F are already finished.) An alarm mode is also planned so that if the temperature is too high, or too cold, an email and an SMS is sent to my mobile phones.
    The base station will provide the data that I will publish on my web site.

  44. l’ll use the chipKIT DP32 board to try to port the Scratch protocol, in order to teach my daugther to program in Scratch and see the results in this board. I want to do something similar like S4A (scratch for Arduino) but with this platform. This allows to use these microcontrollers in an educational environment. Thanks!!

  45. I have a project on mind involving a SPI camera (VC0706) and a RF module (Si4330), the idea is that images are saved to SD card at the maximum speed it supports, and images are sent at lower rate over RF link. The final approach is to mount all this on a quadcopter.
    I have a prototype with a PIC18F14k50 and I was looking for a good PIC32 prototype board that can support the processing speed needed.
    I think chipKIT WF32 is an amazing board for this project, and wifi make it suitable for other home automation projects after this one.

  46. I’ll use the chipKIT WF 32 and an IMU to build a motion logging device for my motorbike. This device will first log the sensor data into the local SD card, and then automatically dump the sensor data into my home server over my home WiFi network. The data collected will used for analysis of safe riding habits, and also log the time when the bike is back home.

  47. I have an ROV project I’m involved with, and we are looking for options to drive the motors, the motor shield would be a nice fit for that project.

    Either the DP32 or the WF32 would mesh well in a new sensor network I’m building too. The DP32 would be a great prototyping tool for the remote sensor nodes (Some of which will have a large number of sensors attached and interacting with each other) and the WF32 would make a fantastic controller for the entire network. This network spans multiple sites and controllers require Wifi connectivity to the internet as well as Datalogging for periods of time where internet connection is not available (Sites are mobile). Controllers and nodes communicate with each other over a mesh PAN.

    The PIC32 would be a powerful chip to work with.

  48. The ChipKit is a powerful platform and I am consistently impressed by the design quality of Digilent’s feature-packed boards. With wifi and an SD card, the WF 32 is ideal for a remote data logger or web server. The motor shield makes for mobility and easy actuation. Mounted on a quadcopter and interfaced with a GPS, it will make a roving sensor that can travel within battery range before returning to a solar recharging station to report its findings and retrieve new commands over the internet. With a long-range high temperature infrared sensor it is a woodland safety drone that can distinguish a BBQ from a forest fire.

  49. I would like to use chipKIT WF 32 for my “Smart Desk Project”. The main goal of the project is physical notification of important emails,social updates & events. By utilizing the on-board WiFi capability of chipKIT WF 32 all the data can be pulled together, processed according to priorities and displayed on a bright LED matrix panel. There would be buzzers for very urgent notifications.

  50. Got a few project ideas…
    I would like to create a piece of LED wall art, using an array of RGB LEDs, 16Hx32W.
    * In one mode, the panel will display a static image or animation.
    * In the other mode it would display VU scales/FFT of music being played. The panel(s) would connect to my PC/phone/stereo via Bluetooth or an xBee radio to display track info when the track changes or then the user changes the volume.
    * In the final mode, the panel(s) could be used as an RGB ‘mood light’, settable to a single colour, or fading between colours.
    If multiple panels are used, they could be sync’d together using an xBee module.

  51. I’m thinking of making a wifi-based air quality moniter, updating a feed ti the internet as well as storing backup information on an SD card

  52. I’d like to use it to build an intelligent house thermostat, which would be able to grow into sensing temperature remotely in other rooms, checking the weather, etc… to plan heating and cooling better.

  53. The WF32 would be perfect for my ipcamera project, i’ve been experimenting with long range video in urban enviroments using some rather gueto ideas for a multipoint video using android phones and wifi routers, having the ability to really use a dedicated plataform for this project would be fantastic.

  54. Well, how about a fun little project I’ve been putting off too long..
    Building a Pandora client on the WF32 to remotely access the internet, using the DSP board to do some nice audio and perhaps leverage the motor shield into a driver for a really nice LED light organ..
    It could be all self contained, portable and automatically start up whenever it found a WiFi access point to talk to..

    I’ve always wanted to build a light organ again.. did it once back in the 70’s, mostly transistors, etc.. time to do it now using a web based client music source, and LEDs for the effects.. :)

  55. We are living in a valley surrounded with hills over 2000m high. Up on one of them local hamradio club owns a small shellter for makeing DX QSO up to 1000km on VHF and UHF. Energy is comming out from 50W solar cells and that is not enough to runn all system constantly. So first we need to build a power controller to control battery system of 5 x 7Ah Pb Accu and monitor them. Controller should also switch on and off linux system which is responsible for Wi-Fi connection to club and SDR receiver.
    WF32 looks perfect to do the job.

  56. I would build a pressure profiler for espresso machines. The motor controller would control a valve that shunts water around the pump. Using pressure sensors a closed loop would enable specific pressure profiles to be achieved.

  57. I would use chipKIT DP32 Prototyping Platform to develop an automated pet feeder. But most important, I’d involve my 2 daughter actively into development to jumpstart their passion for creating smart stuff.

  58. To measure exact heat circulated in a house by water pipes going out (and returning to) furnace, I would like to measure difference of heat but also the water flow within the pipes (without cutting them). I would like to use the method proposed by and a ChipKit DP32 or a ChipKit CMOD: their MCU has the Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) essential to this operation. Data would be made available to a Raspberry PI for display either through the USB cable or a Digi XBee.

  59. I’m working on OpenSource library to provide *efficient* cross-MCU API to develop embedded apps. So, it’s like Arduino/Wiring API, except it’s efficient (~Assembler level), so you can develop prototype and then move into “production” without rewriting it from scratch. You can also switch among MCUs based on features, cost, availability, changing personal prefs, etc. AVR, MSP430, Cortex-M are currently supported. I’d really like to support MIPS/PIC32 too. Even the smallest board like chipKIT DP32 will help.

  60. Well well well, now wouldn’t this make an excellent backbone for the world’s geekiest home alarm system! Oh an NO tweeting of intruders, lets just stick with email alerts :)

  61. I would use chipKIT WF 32 module to build experimental IoT node with use of MQTT, CoAP protocols to get a deeper knowledge. The other modules I would use to build an intelligent accu battery analyzer which is tightly integrated with battery module and observes process of charging/discharging and estimates amount of remaining energy including temperature measurement and self discharge effects.

  62. I am building a replacement controller for a mobility scooter the ChipKit WF 32 and motor shield would allow me to control the brake and drive motor while using the wireless conection to monitor and update parameters.

  63. I’m working with a local university to monitor water usage in urban vegetable gardens. They’re currently using expensive hugh current data loggers to count pulses on water meters. The team must visit the loggers each week to download all the data over a serial port with a laptop.

    I’m looking for a low cost, power managed platform with wifi so we can pair the unit with the homeowners wifi and email the data off each day.

  64. My application is monitoring temperature, humidity, light and pH in soil in our garden. Data are used to make better conditions for growing vegetables in the garden. Now data are stored on CF for analyzing only , but with WF32 we can add online connection and alarm trigers in case of overheat or underheat.

  65. I would take the WF32 revision and create a central processing hub for all the automation I’m planning on installing in the house. I already started by installing an arduino controlled garage door opener. I’ll be making car transponder soon to automate the door when a car comes in or leave the house.

    I also want to be able to toggle wirelessly the backyard lights so I don’t need to get back inside the house to light them up. I also have plans for automatic blind management.

    All this would be much more streamlined with a central hub that could take all the inputs of all the small systems scattered around the house. Making it wifi would allow me to place it in the center of the house where there are no network free network cables.

  66. Hello. I am arun from india. To be honest never worked with any microchip product. I am tempted towards arduino style pic mcu.. I will use the wireless module and replace my current projects which i use avr. Arduino. Stm32. Etc. Currently i am about to work on animal monitoring network in local zoo.. It will help me so much.
    Thank you

  67. would make a good controller for a underwater UOV
    with the processing power of the chipkit and a guidance and location system, the uov would be able to explorer and take photos of the underwater world !

  68. I would like to Wf32 to create some system to which i can offload my downloads and at the same time gather informations from sensors connected to be an IoT device.
    I would like to use motor shield to control doors and other mechanical parts as a automating system.

  69. A home automation system using motors to open and close doors to help balance air temp and to mess with the cats.

  70. So many possibilities, I don’t know where to start…Would be great for automatic blinds / lighting system.

  71. The WF 32 would be perfect for my garage door control using Arduino. I can check the status (open/close), remotely open or close it.

  72. WF32 for remote controlled universal 3-axis platform – CNC, 3D printer, laser cutter/engraver, gingerbread impressing and so on :)

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