Serial Lab 2 (spongey!)
The second serial lab. There is a lot to learn when it comes to serial communication between devices and applications. No doubt I will be working hard over the winter break to get serial communication into my blood, to have the handshake method down cold, to master punctuation and prevent binary from byting my ASCII. Sending data serially is a beautiful, complex beast. Most of what’s covered in the two serial labs was key in Beat Feet, the mid-term project that Eric, Yin and I built. We used Zigbees to send data from sensors on a pair of shoes and hat to the computer which played back sound files or MIDI library depending on which sensor was triggered. What we did with that project was more interesting and involved than what I ended up making for the second serial lab, which is basically what was outlined in the examples. The video at the bottom shows an accelerometer and an Arduino used to move a ball around on the screen in Processing. The button makes the ball appear or disappear.