Introduction

Arduinos are very common microcontroller boards used to study and design programmable electronics. It is often used with multiple peripherals such as buttons, sliders, sensors and motors.

Together with a TIMI acting as a small fancy display, Arduino boards become a lot more powerful and interesting to use in prototyping.

This project showcases a TIMI-96 module controlled by an Arduino Uno to display user inputted strings to a PrintArea widget. This also shows how to clear the PrintArea.

Requirements

To proceed with the project, the following are required.

Hardware

  • TIMI-96
  • BBM Programmer
  • USB Type A to microUSB cable (for the BBM Programmer)
  • USB Type A to Type B cable (for the Arduino, replace as necessary)
  • Connecting Wires
  • Arduino Uno
  • Breadboard

Software

Graphics Design

Step 1: Open Mates Studio and create a Commander project for TIMI-96 with Reversed Landscape orientation

Step 2: Browse the library for appropriate page designs. For this project, 6-Line Black BG Print Area page under Notifications category was used.

Step 3: After finalizing the design, connect TIMI-96 to your computer

Step 4: Upload the project to the appropriate COM port

Step 5: When prompted, click Proceed to continue with upload.

Note: It is recommended that the graphics design is finalized before moving to the next steps when working on a project.

Programming the Arduino

Step 1: Install the MatesController library using Arduino’s Library Manager.

Step 2: Include MatesController.h and SoftwareSerial.h to your project.

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Step 3: Create a Software Serial instance named matesSerial and declare Serial as debugSerial.

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Step 4: Create a MatesController instance named mates setting matesSerial for TIMI and debugSerial for Arduino’s Serial Monitor.

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This will initialize the MatesController instance to the default reset pin 4 using a LOW pulse.

Step 5: (Optional) Create a function for toggling the built-in LED of the Arduino board. This can be used for debugging or showing errors if the Serial monitor can’t be used.

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Step 6: (Optional) At the beginning of the setup function, set the built-in LED pin to OUTPUT and set it to LOW.

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Step 7: To start using the MatesController instance, use the begin function

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As shown, the Serial objects for both TIMI and Serial Monitor needs to be initialized before the mates instance.

Note: Debug streams needs to be setup beforehand. Serial for the BBM module also needs to be setup initially if it is not a HardwareSerial (ex. Software Serial, Alt Soft Serial)

Step 8: (Optional) The begin function can be enclosed in an if condition to handle initialization errors.

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Step 9: In the loop function, user string inputs are read from Serial monitor and sent to TIMI.

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As shown, the code starts by reading the Serial monitor for user input. If there is any, the PrintArea is cleared and the characters are printed sequentially.

Running the Project

After designing the user interface for TIMI and writing code for the Arduino and programming them, it is time to connect the devices together. Follow the diagram below for the connection between TIMI and Arduino.

Finally, supply power to the Arduino and observe the behavior of the project.

Downloadable Resources

Here are the links to the software applications, libraries and completed project files.

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Introduction

Arduinos are very common microcontroller boards used to study and design programmable electronics. It is often used with multiple peripherals such as buttons, sliders, sensors and motors.

Together with a TIMI acting as a small fancy display, Arduino boards become a lot more powerful and interesting to use in prototyping.

This project showcases a TIMI-96 module controlled by an Arduino Uno to display user inputted strings to a PrintArea widget. This also shows how to clear the PrintArea.

Requirements

To proceed with the project, the following are required.

Hardware

  • TIMI-96
  • BBM Programmer
  • USB Type A to microUSB cable (for the BBM Programmer)
  • USB Type A to Type B cable (for the Arduino, replace as necessary)
  • Connecting Wires
  • Arduino Uno
  • Breadboard

Software

Graphics Design

Step 1: Open Mates Studio and create a Commander project for TIMI-96 with Reversed Landscape orientation

Step 2: Browse the library for appropriate page designs. For this project, 6-Line Black BG Print Area page under Notifications category was used.

Step 3: After finalizing the design, connect TIMI-96 to your computer

Step 4: Upload the project to the appropriate COM port

Step 5: When prompted, click Proceed to continue with upload.

Note: It is recommended that the graphics design is finalized before moving to the next steps when working on a project.

Programming the Arduino

Step 1: Install the MatesController library using Arduino’s Library Manager.

Step 2: Include MatesController.h and SoftwareSerial.h to your project.

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Step 3: Create a Software Serial instance named matesSerial and declare Serial as debugSerial.

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Step 4: Create a MatesController instance named mates setting matesSerial for TIMI and debugSerial for Arduino’s Serial Monitor.

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This will initialize the MatesController instance to the default reset pin 4 using a LOW pulse.

Step 5: (Optional) Create a function for toggling the built-in LED of the Arduino board. This can be used for debugging or showing errors if the Serial monitor can’t be used.

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Step 6: (Optional) At the beginning of the setup function, set the built-in LED pin to OUTPUT and set it to LOW.

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Step 7: To start using the MatesController instance, use the begin function

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As shown, the Serial objects for both TIMI and Serial Monitor needs to be initialized before the mates instance.

Note: Debug streams needs to be setup beforehand. Serial for the BBM module also needs to be setup initially if it is not a HardwareSerial (ex. Software Serial, Alt Soft Serial)

Step 8: (Optional) The begin function can be enclosed in an if condition to handle initialization errors.

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Step 9: In the loop function, user string inputs are read from Serial monitor and sent to TIMI.

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As shown, the code starts by reading the Serial monitor for user input. If there is any, the PrintArea is cleared and the characters are printed sequentially.

Running the Project

After designing the user interface for TIMI and writing code for the Arduino and programming them, it is time to connect the devices together. Follow the diagram below for the connection between TIMI and Arduino.

Finally, supply power to the Arduino and observe the behavior of the project.

Downloadable Resources

Here are the links to the software applications, libraries and completed project files.

Back to Resource Centre

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