Start Date: 10/14/13 06:00 PM
End Date: 11/4/13 06:00 PM
Kits Offered: 5
by  semih.iseri  on Jan 4, 2014
Hi there! In this RoadTest, I will review chipKIT Pi from element14. Basically, it is an Arduino compatible expansion board that fits right into the GPIO port of the Raspberry Pi. I organized my review in three parts. In first part, I will talk about the hardware. In the second part, I will try to investigate the documentation, easiness of getting started and the SD card image. Then I included a project that I used chipKIT Pi with Raspberry Pi. At the end, I finalized with pros/cons. Now let's get started. Box & Package Contents chipKIT Pi comes in a fancy cardboard box, featuring its picture on the front side and some information on key features and benefits on the back side. Package includes only chipKIT Pi and safety and regulation notes. For documentation and...
by  rwslaugh  on Dec 30, 2013
I would first like to thank Element-14 for the opportunity to RoadTest the chipKIT Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a marvelous single board Linux based computer. However, when it comes to I/O to connect to outside hardware it lacks flexibility. The chipKIT Pi helps in this regard by being an interface between the Pi and the outside world. To put it very simply, the chipKIT Pi is an Arduino clone that connects to the Raspberry Pi. In essence, it’s like connecting an Arduino to the Pi, though that is simplifying things to a great detail. Another product on the market already does this, the Alamode. The main difference when looking at the Alamode and the chipKIT is the processor used. The chipKIT uses the PIC processor, a popular processor among hobbyists due to its ease of use and...
by  hybotics  on Dec 16, 2013
This isn't really a review, because my chipkit Pi board has something wrong with it. It messes my rPi up when I attach it. I don't know who to contact for a replacement.
by  bhaveshj  on Dec 16, 2013
Snaps This is what i received. Thanks to element14 for the product. The kit works well with the iso/zip image available at http://downloads.element14.com/downloads/chipkit_pi.zip But when i tried to install the utility independently in my preconfigured Raspibian OS, it failed to detect the kit sometimes attached to raspberry. Updating soon if i am able to resolve the issue as i am stuck with my project on Rapsi-Vision.
by  gregoryfenton  on Dec 1, 2013
Today I received the ChipKit Pi from those nice folks at http://element14.com for review purposes. My initial out of box thoughts are:<br />“it is very red” – the PCB is very reminiscent of graphics cards from the turn of this century(!) as there was a great demand for red graphics cards at that time. Yes I had one too <br />“Last time I saw this many jumpers it was on an ISA card” – there are no less than 14 jumpers on the board (15 if you count JP3 which I will discuss later)<br />“It has an unpopulated space for a CR2032 battery” – Maybe the board can be used as a real time clock if it is battery powered? I will investigate this later.<br />“There are several of unpopulated capacitor and diode pads” – C14 and D5, C9, C6 and R22. I will investigate these later<br...