Finally! Arduino sure seems to be ruling the hobbyist embedded market and we're finally able to bring a compatible platform on the Microchip side of the fence. Not just that, these development platforms are based on the PIC32 microcontrollers, meaning that they have a true 32 bit core, and hence easily many, many times faster than your average Arduino board.
The ChipKit platform gives you all that's good about Arduino - hardware and software compatibility with "shields" (add-on boards) and the software libraries that make Arduino platforms easy to get started on - but with room to grow.
We'll be bringing you tutorials on how to use the platform and you'll be delighted to know that all the 3.3v Embedded Adventures modules will work with these platforms. It's very exciting to have a platform that will get you started easily into the wonderful world of embedded electronics - and one that it truly powerful, meaning you won't outgrow it in a hurry!