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Students Innovate with Digi: Formula Buckeyes

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Some of the most creative applications of our products come from students. Every year, we are involved with student-led projects that are breaking new ground in industries like automotive, solar power, smart energy, and more. We support these efforts as it leads to insightful feedback on our products and fuels a talented workforce. Here is one of the many projects Digi is helping to support.

The Formula Buckeye SAE Race Team is made up of students from all disciplines. From mechanical engineers, to business, to art students, it’s truly a team effort. The completely student led team must fund, design, build, and test, a high performance racing vehicle that will compete across the country in races with over 100 schools. The car can accelerate from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds!

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This year, the team has decided to implement a telemetry project to monitor engine performance and troubleshoot issues. Data is currently stored locally on the car’s ECU and this telemetry project would allow for remote access to these data points. The Digi product being used is an XTend Serial Module. With this module, they are able to read sensor data at a range of more than 15 miles!

Around 20 different sensors are gathering data on the car. They include:

  • Engine Temperature
  • Incoming Air Temperature
  • Vehicle Speed
  • Traction Control
  • Steering Wheel Position
  • On/Off Switches
  • Manifold Air Pressure
  • And More

They plan to create either a Java or Labview application, which will act as a virtual cockpit for the vehicle. The application will display the read outs of each sensor on a computer monitor. This will enable the team to remotely troubleshoot and diagnose performance issues in the vehicle. Future plans hope to accomplish remote control of the engine.

Preparations for the 2014 racing season are underway! Check out their website and Facebook Page for updates.

Are you student? Are you working with Digi products? Let us know how you are innovating on Twitter, our Facebook Page, or in the comments below. And check out the other student projects we are a part of here.

Look What I Made: XBee Project Updates

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We come across amazing XBee projects every day, so we wanted to remind you that we’re constantly updating the XBee Project Gallery. Here’s just a few of the latest additions– from a robotic arm that can be controlled remotely to a fleet of four vehicles that drive themselves.

You can also check out our XBee Project Pinboard that includes all of the projects from the XBee Project Gallery.


A Remote Controlled Robotic Arm by Easton Lachappelle

Using a pair of XBee’s and an old Nintendo Super Glove, the robotic arm converts the user’s movements into robotic motion.

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Autonomous Vehicles by Team WaspsTeamWasps

Developed by a team of middle schoolers, these four vehicles drive themselves around a course avoiding collisions and navigating through a four way intersection. The team took first place in the Junior Exhibition at RoboFest 2013 World Competition.

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Magnetic Levitation Train by Antipodes


This remote controlled train uses magnets that alternate polarity to power itself along the track.

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Do you have an XBee project you would like featured in the XBee Project Gallery? You can submit your own or someone else’s project here.

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