Final painted Space Rocks

Some photos and videos of the prepped & painted Space Rocks.

 

Circuitry: Nano, XBee and RSSI

Working on the circuitry for the inside of the Space Rocks. With lots of help from Sitraka Rakotoniaina, we managed to get the code to work using a Nano I/O shield to connect the XBee and the Nano microcontroller. With a little help from a soldering iron and a wire from the RSSI pin (pin 6). Now looking forward to experimenting with this on all 4 circuits.

Here’s the current code, which maps the RSSI signal (essentially the distance between each Space Rock) from the XBees to a value that can effect the Mozzi synthesiser within the code.

/*   ~ Simple Arduino - xBee Receiver sketch ~

  Read an PWM value from Arduino Transmitter to fade an LED
  The receiving message starts with '<' and closes with '>' symbol.
  
  Dev: Michalis Vasilakis // Date:2/3/2016 // Info: www.ardumotive.com // Licence: CC BY-NC-SA                    */

#include <MozziGuts.h>
#include <Oscil.h> // oscillator 
#include <tables/cos2048_int8.h> // table for Oscils to play
#include <AutoMap.h> // maps unpredictable inputs to a range
 
// desired carrier frequency max and min, for AutoMap
const int MIN_CARRIER_FREQ = 22;
const int MAX_CARRIER_FREQ = 440;

// desired intensity max and min, for AutoMap, note they're inverted for reverse dynamics
const int MIN_INTENSITY = 700;
const int MAX_INTENSITY = 10;

AutoMap kMapCarrierFreq(0,1023,MIN_CARRIER_FREQ,MAX_CARRIER_FREQ);
AutoMap kMapIntensity(0,1023,MIN_INTENSITY,MAX_INTENSITY);

const int KNOB_PIN = 0; // set the input for the knob to analog pin 0
const int LDR_PIN = 1; // set the input for the LDR to analog pin 1

Oscil<COS2048_NUM_CELLS, AUDIO_RATE> aCarrier(COS2048_DATA);
Oscil<COS2048_NUM_CELLS, AUDIO_RATE> aModulator(COS2048_DATA);

int mod_ratio = 3; // harmonics
long fm_intensity; // carries control info from updateControl() to updateAudio()

//Constants
const int ledPin = 3; //Led to Arduino pin 3 (PWM)
//Variables:
int ff ; //Value from pot
int pbPin = 7;

//Variables
bool started= false;//True: Message is strated
bool ended  = false;//True: Message is finished 
char incomingByte ; //Variable to store the incoming byte
char msg[3];    //Message - array from 0 to 2 (3 values - PWM - e.g. 240)
byte index;     //Index of array

int rssiDur = 0;
int rssiMapped =0;
bool calib = false;
bool calib_top = false;
int base_value= 0;
int top_value=0;

void setup() {
  //Start the serial communication
  Serial.begin(9600); //Baud rate must be the same as is on xBee module
  pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(6, OUTPUT);
  calib = true;
  calib_top = true;
  startMozzi(); // :))
 pinMode(pbPin, INPUT_PULLUP);
}
void updateControl(){
  // read the knob
  //int knob_value = mozziAnalogRead(KNOB_PIN); // value is 0-1023
  rssiDur = pulseIn(5, LOW, 200);
  rssiMapped = map(rssiDur, 10, 40, 0, 1023);
  
  
  Serial.print("raw RSSI : ");
  Serial.println(rssiDur);
  Serial.print("RSSI mapped : ");
  Serial.println(rssiMapped);
  
  delay(100);
  
  // map the knob to carrier frequency
  int carrier_freq = kMapCarrierFreq(rssiMapped);
  
  //calculate the modulation frequency to stay in ratio
  int mod_freq = carrier_freq * mod_ratio;
  
  // set the FM oscillator frequencies to the calculated values
  aCarrier.setFreq(carrier_freq); 
  aModulator.setFreq(mod_freq);
  
  // read the light dependent resistor on the Analog input pin
  int light_level= mozziAnalogRead(LDR_PIN); // value is 0-1023

  fm_intensity = kMapIntensity(light_level);

}

 int updateAudio(){
  long modulation = fm_intensity * aModulator.next(); 
  return aCarrier.phMod(modulation); // phMod does the FM
}


void loop() {
  
  
  //delay(100);
 

  if(rssiDur != 0){
      digitalWrite(6, HIGH);
    }else{
      digitalWrite(6,LOW);
    }

    audioHook();

    //Serial.println(digitalRead(pbPin));
  //Read the analog value from pot and store it to "value" variable
   ff = digitalRead(pbPin);//analogRead(A0);

  //Map the analog value to pwm value
  //value = map (value, 0, 1023, 0, 255);
  //Send the message:
 Serial.print('<');  //Starting symbol
  Serial.print(ff);//Value from 0 to 255
  Serial.println('>');//Ending symbol
  
    
  /*while (Serial.available()>0){
    //Read the incoming byte
    incomingByte = Serial.read();
    //Start the message when the '<' symbol is received
    if(incomingByte == '<')
    {
     started = true;
     index = 0;
     msg[index] = '\0'; // Throw away any incomplete packet
   }
   //End the message when the '>' symbol is received
   else if(incomingByte == '>')
   {
     ended = true;
     break; // Done reading - exit from while loop!
   }
   //Read the message!
   else
   {
     if(index < 4) // Make sure there is room
     {
       msg[index] = incomingByte; // Add char to array
       index++;
       msg[index] = '\0'; // Add NULL to end
     }
   }
 }
 
 if(started && ended)
 {
   int value = atoi(msg);
   
   //analogWrite(ledPin, value);
   Serial.println(value); //Only for debugging
   if(calib_top){
   if(value == 0){
    top_value = rssiMapped;
    Serial.println(top_value);
    calib_top = false;
   }
   }
   
   index = 0;
   msg[index] = '\0';
   started = false;
   ended = false;
 }*/
}


Further casts in Jesmonite

More casting for the Space Rocks. Silicone moulds with Jesmonite and added white pigment, and then some slush casting.