The question is then, what kind of shield could I use for the receiver
that I could plug into the chipKIT board
and what could I use as the transmitter?
It cannot be too simple of a signal
with many of these "pairs" being very close to each other (meaning one switch can only really control one board to keep signals from crossing over).
Another thing about the receiver, it would be cool (but not totally required) if it could talk to a smart phone as well.
The bluetooth shields that I linked to only require two pins, TX and RX.
I use el-cheapo Hope RFM83 / 85 radio links for non-critical projects, using VirtualWire to send the data.
I use el-cheapo Hope RFM83 / 85 radio links
@Boffin1 - Where can you purchase these? I can't seam to find anything through google other than the specs for them.
I'm interested in trying these but I notice in Nick Gammon's article about a radio-controlled car based on these that the receiver's data pin couldn't drive the Arduino input pin directly and had to be connected via an op-amp. Do you have the same problem?