Friday, March 25, 2011

Feature Friday: Modkit Examples

We're working on a bunch of big features but weren't ready to announce them today. However we have also been working on our Example System and put its new home online here.

Like our editor, our examples include Hardware, Block and Code views to show you how to connect and program the example projects.  There is also a media section for additional photos or video to get you started and you can load the projects in the editor, right from the example page.  We'll be adding a few new examples this week, but figured we'd keep you updated on this work in progress.

Stay tuned for a big announcement in the next week or two.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Feature Friday: Diecimila Support - New Widget Release - and More!

We've added our third Arduino Compatible board today - the Arduino Diecimila - for our third consecutive Feature Friday.

Along with the Diecimila support, we've updated the Modkit Desktop Widget.  This fixes some known bugs including uploading to a board when it was previously programmed in Arduino to send serial data as well as some general connection issues.  The Mac OSX version is available now and the Windows version should be available tomorrow.  (Edit: The Windows version is now available as well)  As Modkit is under heavy development, we've also updated the editor to alert you when a new Desktop Widget is recommended or required.  For example, you won't be able to program the Diecimila without the latest download and you'll see the following message to let you know.

And last, but not least, we released a version of the editor for use by students in the Fab Academy.  With access to a Fab Lab and about an hour or two plus a few parts, you can now make your own surface mount Arduino compatible board and program it with Modkit.  We can't wait to see what the Fab Academy students build.

Make sure to follow this blog or check back soon.  We'll try hard to have more features ready by next Friday!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Important Modkit Address Info

If you have been recently unable to reach our homepage or editor, please be sure that you have typed in the address bar instead of

Our DNS provider is having issues redirecting to as it usually does.


Edit: Things are back to normal.  Thanks for your patience.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Feature Friday: 2 New Editor Previews

Our second consecutive Feature Friday release is here!  We have two new editor previews, featuring first—the Modkit MotoProto Shield, and making a return from the alpha editor—the configurable Arduino Development Board (Uno and Duemilanove and compatible).

The Modkit MotoProto Shield for Arduino makes it easy to connect up to 4 sensors and control two DC motors as well as a 16X2 character LCD (LCD Blocks coming soon). You can find out more, and if you don't have one already, you can order one now from Sparkfun.

I know a lot of you have been clamoring for this part, and here it is in all it's configurable greatness.
Features include:
  • Graphically configurable pin modes (Set as output, input, and input with internal pull up resistor)
  • Re-nameable pins (Renamed pins show up in associated blocks, so no more trying to remember if your button is connected to pin6 or pin7)
  • Use "Analog In" pins as digital pins for those projects where you just need one more pin ;)
It's actually now Sunday, but we started the release on Thursday, so we'll call it a Feature Friday anyway.  Stay tuned.  We should have more features coming this Friday.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Feature Friday: Feedback Form and More

We've been working on a bunch of new features for the Modkit Editor, and we're releasing them today as our first Feature Friday. We have a lot more planned and hope to make this weekly thing.

There are a lot of little changes with this update, but some of the important ones include:

Connection Status

The connection status is now shown in the bottom right corner of the editor, and show if the desktop app is successfully connected to the editor. If it's not connected, make sure your Modkit Desktop app is running. In Windows, the desktop app icon will appear in the system tray/taskbar on the bottom right side of the screen (some icons may be hidden, click the little arrow to show them all). On a Mac, the desktop app icon will show up in the top right side of the menu bar (near the clock). We're still working out some bugs so if the desktop app is already running, but the editor connection status doesn't say "connected", try restarting the desktop app and/or reload the editor.

Feedback Form

Speaking of bugs, we're hard at work making things more stable, but if you are having problems with the editor or desktop app, we've added a feedback form so you can send us your bugs right in the editor (if you happen to have a bug with the feedback form, you can always send feedback to bugs (at) modk (dot) it).