Assignment 7.4

posted Jul 15, 2010, 3:20 PM by Unknown user
This one was actually really fun to play around with once it was finished. I made this car/truck thing:
Quite a masterpiece, huh?

Anyway, here is the code:


const int pot1 = 5;
const int pot2 = 4;

void setup () {
  Serial.begin(9600);  //begin serial communication at 9600 bps
void loop () {
  //print to serial port


import processing.serial.*;
Serial serPort;

int[] dotOrigin;
int[] previousDotOrigin;

void setup () {
  // allocate arrays
  dotOrigin = new int[2];
  previousDotOrigin = new int[2];
  size(255, 255);     //set size to 255 x 255 pixels, just for convenience
  background(255);    //set background to white
  stroke(0);          //set line color to black
  strokeWeight(3);    //set line thickness to 3 pixels
  // set up serial buffer
  serPort = new Serial(this, Serial.list()[0], 9600);

void draw () {
  //the if statement stops the random line jump at the beginning of the sketch
  if (previousDotOrigin[0] != 0 || previousDotOrigin[1] != 0) {
    //draw line from previous dot to current dot
    line(previousDotOrigin[0], previousDotOrigin[1], dotOrigin[0], dotOrigin[1]);

void serialEvent(Serial serPort) {
   //store message from buffer in string
  String message = serPort.readStringUntil('\n');
  if(message != null) {
    //remove whitespace and other nonsense
    message = trim(message);
    //set previous coordinates to those that are about to be changed
    previousDotOrigin = dotOrigin;
    //set dot coordinates to what's in the serial message
    dotOrigin = int(split(message, ','));

I had been just drawing a filled ellipse at the coords before but they were often broken up and disconnected, especially when moving quickly, so I switched to drawing a line from the previous coordinates.