Physical Pixel using Arduino




This example example uses the Arduino board to receive data from the computer. The Arduino boards turns on an LED when it receives the character ‘H’, and turns off the LED when it receives the character ‘L’.

Physical Pixel using Arduino




The data can be sent from the Arduino serial monitor, or another program like Processing (see code below), Flash (via a serial-net proxy), PD, or Max/MSP.

Software Required

Circuit

Attach an LED to pin 13. The long leg, or anode, goes to pin 13. The short leg, or cathode, goes to ground. You can also use the built-in LED on most Arduino boards.

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Schematic

Physical Pixel using Arduino schematic

Code

/*
Physical Pixel
An example of using the Arduino board to receive data from the
computer.  In this case, the Arduino boards turns on an LED when
it receives the character ‘H’, and turns off the LED when it
receives the character ‘L’.
The data can be sent from the Arduino serial monitor, or another
program like Processing (see code below), Flash (via a serial-net
proxy), PD, or Max/MSP.
The circuit:
* LED connected from digital pin 13 to ground
created 2006
by David A. Mellis
modified 30 Aug 2011
by Tom Igoe and Scott Fitzgerald
This example code is in the public domain.
http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/PhysicalPixel
*/
const int ledPin = 13; // the pin that the LED is attached to
int incomingByte;      // a variable to read incoming serial data into
void setup() {
// initialize serial communication:
Serial.begin(9600);
// initialize the LED pin as an output:
pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
}
void loop() {
// see if there’s incoming serial data:
if (Serial.available() > 0) {
// read the oldest byte in the serial buffer:
incomingByte = Serial.read();
// if it’s a capital H (ASCII 72), turn on the LED:
if (incomingByte == ‘H’) {
digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
}
// if it’s an L (ASCII 76) turn off the LED:
if (incomingByte == ‘L’) {
digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);
}
}
}

Major Components in Project

Hardware Required

  • Arduino Board
  • Analog Sensor (potentiometer, photocell, FSR, etc.)




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