Testing the XBees – at distance and enclosed

XBees turning on a red LED at 4 foot distance. I also tried this from one floor down and it still worked perfectly.

And testing them both inside Space Rock ‘shells’.

Mike Ladd – Seaweed

Found this lovely audio piece (and video) while researching into memory and sound. It’s mentioned in The Memory of Sound: Preserving the Sonic Past By Seán Street.

Mike Ladd (born 1959) is an Australian poet and radio presenter.

[Another of Ladd’s works from the same series was entitled] Seaweed, [and] grew out of a chance find of a length of audio-cassette tape on a beach:
“I discovered the tape had songs recorded from the radio and children’s voices on it, and I produced the work by multi-tracking these stretched and backwards sounds and voices. Seaweed began an ongoing interest in the physical decay of audio-tape—perhaps reflecting the way sound always decays into silence, and that memory can also fade.”

Arduino audio – further Mozzi tests

A video showing an Arduino Nano running the Mozzi library, which allows sounds generated from sensors. This uses the LDR + resistor as input to Analog Pins A1 +  A2, and using the code from Arduino➞File➞Examples➞Mozzi➞03.Sensors➞Knob_LightLevel_x2_FMsynth

And here’s the attendant audio.

Arduino audio tests

Arduino audio tests using the Mozzi library, a Nano board, a light dependent resistor and a potentiometer (volume control).

http://sensorium.github.io/Mozzi/learn/introductory-tutorial/

 

MagLev

Investigating magnetic levitation to suspend the Space Rock objects for display. The idea is that the objects appear to float in space, enhancing the feeling that they are ‘alien’ / from another planet.

And some examples that may be worth trying:

 

 

Updated Arduino random play MP3s

With excellent assistance from the Arduino forum, I now have a working version of the circuit to play a random MP3 file each time the distance sensor is triggered. It doesn’t play a few of the files when they are triggered, but this has been tested elsewhere and the code works, so I need to investigate the files themselves, it seems.

And here’s the code used.

#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

#define ARDUINO_RX 5  //should connect to TX of the Serial MP3 Player module
#define ARDUINO_TX 6  //connect to RX of the module

#define trigPin 13  //for the distance module
#define echoPin 12

SoftwareSerial mySerial(ARDUINO_RX, ARDUINO_TX);//init the serial protocol, tell to myserial wich pins are TX and RX

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
//all the commands needed in the datasheet(http://geekmatic.in.ua/pdf/Catalex_MP3_board.pdf)
uint8_t Send_buf[8] = {0} ;//The MP3 player undestands orders in a 8 int string
//0X7E FF 06 command 00 00 00 EF;(if command =01 next song order)
#define NEXT_SONG 0X01
#define PREV_SONG 0X02

#define CMD_PLAY_W_INDEX 0X03 //DATA IS REQUIRED (number of song)

#define VOLUME_UP_ONE 0X04
#define VOLUME_DOWN_ONE 0X05
#define CMD_SET_VOLUME 0X06//DATA IS REQUIRED (number of volume from 0 up to 30(0x1E))
#define SET_DAC 0X17
#define CMD_PLAY_WITHVOLUME 0X22 //data is needed  0x7E 06 22 00 xx yy EF;(xx volume)(yy number of song)

#define CMD_SEL_DEV 0X09 //SELECT STORAGE DEVICE, DATA IS REQUIRED
#define DEV_TF 0X02 //HELLO,IM THE DATA REQUIRED

#define SLEEP_MODE_START 0X0A
#define SLEEP_MODE_WAKEUP 0X0B

#define CMD_RESET 0X0C//CHIP RESET
#define CMD_PLAY 0X0D //RESUME PLAYBACK
#define CMD_PAUSE 0X0E //PLAYBACK IS PAUSED

#define CMD_PLAY_WITHFOLDER 0X0F//DATA IS NEEDED, 0x7E 06 0F 00 01 02 EF;(play the song with the directory \01\002xxxxxx.mp3

#define STOP_PLAY 0X16

#define PLAY_FOLDER 0X17// data is needed 0x7E 06 17 00 01 XX EF;(play the 01 folder)(value xx we dont care)

#define SET_CYCLEPLAY 0X19//data is needed 00 start; 01 close

#define SET_DAC 0X17//data is needed 00 start DAC OUTPUT;01 DAC no output
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);  //Start our Serial coms for serial monitor in our pc
  mySerial.begin(9600);  //Start our Serial coms for THE MP3
  delay(500);  //Wait chip initialization is complete
  sendCommand(CMD_SEL_DEV, DEV_TF);  //select the TF card
  delay(200);  //wait for 200ms
  pinMode(trigPin, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(echoPin, INPUT);
  randomSeed(analogRead(A0));
}

void loop() {
  if (measureDistance(trigPin, echoPin) < 10) {
    int randTrackNo;
    randTrackNo = random(1, 9);
    sendCommand(0x03, randTrackNo);
    Serial.print("Playing track:");
    Serial.println(randTrackNo);
    delay(1000);  //wait to avoid errors
  }
  delay(300);
}

void sendCommand(int8_t command, int16_t dat) {
  delay(20);
  Send_buf[0] = 0x7e; //starting byte
  Send_buf[1] = 0xff; //version
  Send_buf[2] = 0x06; //the number of bytes of the command without starting byte and ending byte
  Send_buf[3] = command; //
  Send_buf[4] = 0x00;  //0x00 = no feedback, 0x01 = feedback
  Send_buf[5] = (int8_t)(dat >> 8);  //datah
  Send_buf[6] = (int8_t)(dat);  //datal
  Send_buf[7] = 0xef;  //ending byte
  for (uint8_t i = 0; i < 8; i++) {
    mySerial.write(Send_buf[i]) ;  //send bit to serial mp3
    Serial.print(Send_buf[i], HEX);  //send bit to serial monitor in pc
    Serial.print(" ");
  }
  Serial.println();
}

long measureDistance(int trigger, int echo) {
  long duration, distance;

  digitalWrite(trigger, LOW);  //PULSE ___|---|___
  delayMicroseconds(2);
  digitalWrite(trigger, HIGH);
  delayMicroseconds(10);
  digitalWrite(trigger, LOW);

  duration = pulseIn(echo, HIGH);
  distance = (duration / 2) / 29.1;
  Serial.print("distance: ");
  Serial.println(distance);
  return distance;
}