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Microchip chipKIT contest for hackerspaces
« on: September 05, 2012, 07:24:14 AM »
We were approached by Microchip/Digilent about this contest they're holding: http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en_us/promo/chipKIT/

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The Contest will be a three-tiered competition as follows:
Level 1 Challenge ($2000 in prizes):
Develop an original application using a chipKIT Platform, existing, known working shield and, existing, known working libraries.
 
Level 2 Challenge ($3000 in prizes):
Develop an original application using a chipKIT Platform and existing shield where associated libraries are modified to exploit specific features of the chipKIT Platform's PIC32 device and associated peripherals.
 
Level 3 Challenge ($5500 in prizes):
Develop an original shield along with associated libraries and supporting documentation (tutorials, examples and user's guide) that will highlight the additional functionality of the PIC32 devices populating the chipKIT Platform.

More info at the link above.  I went ahead and filled out their form to request a kit.  Time to put our thinking caps on, and I don't see why we couldn't compete at all of the levels.

Let's do it 8)

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Re: Microchip chipKIT contest for hackerspaces
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 02:16:04 PM »
I'm on board. We can probably etch a board on the Zen with enough effort.

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Re: Microchip chipKIT contest for hackerspaces
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2012, 09:45:48 AM »
So the development kit arrived.  They've provided us with a ChipKit Uno32, a Basic I/O Shield, and a Proto shield.

Now, what do we make with it? 8)

This platform is basically an Arduino compatible board that runs at 5 times the speed of a regular Arduino and with 4 times the resources (flash, RAM, etc.).  It is software compatible, to some extent, and they provide a modified version of the Arduino IDE.

Here's a post on Hackaday about the platform: http://hackaday.com/2011/05/27/chipkit-uno32-first-impressions-and-benchmarks/

I think a valid approach, at least for the Tier 1 contest, is to think of an application that uses the Arduino already and then make it "better" by taking advantage of the additional hardware resources.

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Re: Microchip chipKIT contest for hackerspaces
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2012, 02:31:26 PM »
Maybe a realtime problem of some kind would be good. I know the rocket stuff needs really quick readings, but not sure if this would be too fast for the sensors or not.

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Re: Microchip chipKIT contest for hackerspaces
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2012, 04:41:22 PM »
I've wanted to use the uSpeech speech-recognition library for a while, http://arjo129.github.com/uSpeech/

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Re: Microchip chipKIT contest for hackerspaces
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2012, 04:46:08 PM »
Oo, tetsu, what about building Jarvis for P47's Iron Man suit?  ???

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Re: Microchip chipKIT contest for hackerspaces
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2012, 08:47:20 PM »
The challenge starts on September 1st, so technically after halloween :p, but we could do it.

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Re: Re: Microchip chipKIT contest for hackerspaces
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2012, 12:50:56 AM »
The challenge starts on September 1st, so technically after halloween :p, but we could do it.

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Re: Microchip chipKIT contest for hackerspaces
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2012, 10:05:17 AM »
Well, it's after the Halloween the previous year? :P