diy ambient orb with arduino update <77> comment page 3


Posted on Feb 5, 2014

The hardware is just an Arduino board connected via USB to a laptop. The Arduino appears as a serial device to the computer. On the Arduino board, three LEDs (red, green, blue) are mounted directly to the Arduino board using a prototyping shield like this DIY one. The schematic is quite simple: The code sketch running on the Arduino board is a slightly modified version of


diy ambient orb with arduino update <77> comment page 3
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the one presented in the last Spooky Arduino class. Instead of parsing single color values over the serial port, it expects a full RGB color value in standard web format of #RRGGBB  (white is #ffffff , blue is #0000ff , and so on). The sketch parses that seven character string into three bytes: one each for the brightness values of the red, green and blue LEDs. To bridge between the Arduino and the Net, a small Processing sketch was created that uses the standard Java class to fetch a web page (really, a text file on a web server) containing a line with a color value in the format #RRGGBB . The sketch parses the color value, sends the value out to the Arduino orb using the Processing Serial library, and then sets its own background color to match. Because I`ve set the framerate of the sketch to 1 fps, it takes a second for the background to match the orb. I did this on purpose so I could get a sense of the color as the orb reproduces it before seeing it as it truly is. I was surprised how well the two tended to match! I have some PHP code that I wrote to display glanceable weather info on a Chumby. I`m trying to replicate the behavior of my Ambient Weather Beacon. Thought y`all might like to experiment with it in conjunction with this project. The code grabs today`s temp using Yahoo`s APIs and maps the temp to an RGB color. After 3pm, it should display tomorrow`s temp (you may need to localize it). I haven`t really...




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