Microchip has unveiled a new dev board called the Curiosity Development Board. I had my first look at this at Bay Area Maker Faire back in May but was asked not to publicize the hardware since it wasn’t officially released yet. Yesterday I got my hands on one of the first “pilot program” demo units and spent some time working with it. I requested a sample board out of my own curiosity. As you may know, Microchip is one of the sponsors of the 2015 Hackaday Prize, but that partnership does not include this review. However, since we do have this relationship we asked if they would throw in a few extra boards that we could give away and they obliged. More about that at the end of the post. I haven’t really done any PIC development. I started off with Atmel chips because you could program them with a parallel port. These were the pre-Arduino days and I didn’t want to invest in a proper programmer until making sure I liked the chip family. This could not be done at the time with Microchip microcontrollers – or at least bootstrapping a programmer was harder – since they needed a 12V source when programming. That “high voltage” signal was provided by a PICkit or similar programmer. I th...