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Ken's Processing OFFER response...

octettaoctetta Posts: 111
edited 2020-12-26 23:36 in General Discussion
During Tuesday's P2 Zoom call, Ken challenged us to demonstrate something akin to what Chip's PropTool graphics can do using Python in mu-editor and the platform.

Here's a SLOPPY entry, with the constraints:

1. Use micro:bit + mu-editor to write and compile code that generates data to graph (I used the built-in accelerometer) in 9 lines of Python.
2. Use to acquire the data from the micro:bit via serial and graph it (I just made strip charts for x,y,z values and line graph of (z,x) to (x,y)) in 53 lines of Python.

Video on YouTube


1. is implemented in Java and presents the Jython implementation of Python which is a V2 variant (mu-python seems to be V3).
2. I couldn't get mu-editor to work well on my MacBook, so I installed it on a RPi and compiled/flashed there, then connected the micro:bit to the MacBook so it could talk to my code via the USB serial port.
3. My code has the serial port path hard-coded, it'll be different on every computer... Windows will probably be a COMx: designator, but I didn't have a Windows machine handy to check this.
4. Any suggestions on how to make this forum post show the YouTube preview directly, as well as how I insert screen captures w/o hosting the images somewhere are appreciated, the forum editor widgets were confusing to me.
5. I sent the readings from the micro:bit formatted in JSON to make parsing on the side very simple and expandable.

Next steps:

Actually implement (some) of Chip's PropTool graphics modes, as this example just crammed a few line plots into one window... I'll post questions to him on the P2 section to learn more.

I'm thinking it might be nice to make a version of this using PyGame, since that presents a simple graphics model that has decent performance and it's "real" Python rather than the Jython that uses.

If this is of any interest at all, I can clean it up and document how I did things...


micro:bit code
import time
from microbit import *

while True:
    x = accelerometer.get_x()
    y = accelerometer.get_y()
    z = accelerometer.get_z()
    print('[%d,%d,%d,%d]' % (time.ticks_ms(), x, y, z)) # JSON format array
    time.sleep_ms(50) code
import json
W = 200
class Port:
    def __init__(self, name, speed):
        self.p = Serial(this, name, speed)
        self.l = []
    def available(self):
        return self.p.available()
    def readjson(self):
        s = self.p.readBytesUntil(10)
            c = [chr(byte) for byte in s]
            return json.loads(''.join(c))
            return []
mu = Port('/dev/tty.usbmodem14102', 115200) # this is the path for the micro:bit on my machine... it'll be different on yours
def setup():
def draw():
    if mu.available() > 0:
        c = mu.readjson()
        if len(c) == 4:
            # plot historical values on strip
            for i in range(1, len(mu.l)):
                x1 = map(mu.l[i-1][1], -1000, 1000, 0, W/5.0)
                y1 = map(mu.l[i-1][2], -1000, 1000, 0, W/5.0)
                z1 = map(mu.l[i-1][3], -1000, 1000, 0, W/5.0)
                x2 = map(mu.l[i][1], -1000, 1000, 0, W/5.0)
                y2 = map(mu.l[i][2], -1000, 1000, 0, W/5.0)
                z2 = map(mu.l[i][3], -1000, 1000, 0, W/5.0)
                stroke(255,0,0);line(x1, i, x2, i)
                stroke(0,255,0);line(y1, i, y2, i)
                stroke(0,0,255);line(z1, i, z2, i)
            mu.l = mu.l[-W:]

            x = map(c[1], -1000, 1000, 0, W)
            y = map(c[2], -1000, 1000, 0, W)
            z = map(c[3], -1000, 1000, 0, W)
            line(z, x, x, y)
            stroke(255, 0, 0)
            fill(255, 0, 0)
            ellipse(z, x, 10, 10)
            stroke(0, 255, 0)
            fill(0, 255, 0)            
            ellipse(x, y, 10, 10)


  • Might want to reply to Ken's post on the P2 forums.
  • Nice demo Joe
  • octettaoctetta Posts: 111
    edited 2020-12-27 17:23
    Roy Eltham wrote: »
    Might want to reply to Ken's post on the P2 forums.

    Thanks Roy... I put a rambling response on that thread. I can take this a million different directions so any suggestions on how to "play well with others" is appreciated.

  • octettaoctetta Posts: 111
    edited 2020-12-27 16:05
    Tubular wrote: »
    Nice demo Joe

    Thanks Tubular. I spent more time finding a micro:bit locally than actually writing code... unfortunately Frys only had a 10-pack of micro:bits, so I have spares if anyone needs one.

    I've really appreciated the open and friendly nature of the community here, but I've been a lurker/leacher here for many years. I'd like to pay back the good will!

  • We're getting there! I'm watching and planning to use all of these examples. @octetta you've done great accepting the challenge!

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