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 a simulated value to be displayed in various gauge and digits widgets.

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, Various Gauges Green page under Graphs 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 to your project.

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Step 3: Create a MatesController instance named mates.

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

Step 4: (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 5: (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 6: To start using the MatesController instance, use the begin function

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This will initialize the Serial UART at the default baudrate of 9600

Step 7: (Optional) The begin function can be enclosed in an if condition to handle initialization errors.

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Step 8: In the loop function, the values are simulated and sent to TIMI as necessary.

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As shown, the code utilizes variables value and inc which contains the current value and the animation direction. Every loop, the value is incremented or decremented depending on the value of inc. The inc variable is updated when the minimum and maximum limits are reached. Finally, the current value is written to the widgets.

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

The Mates Studio – Commander project and Arduino sketch is included in the MatesController library.

The Commander project is available under the extras folder of the library. You can find it in (if the library was installed using Arduino Library Manager):

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 a simulated value to be displayed in various gauge and digits widgets.

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, Various Gauges Green page under Graphs 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 to your project.

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Step 3: Create a MatesController instance named mates.

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

Step 4: (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 5: (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 6: To start using the MatesController instance, use the begin function

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This will initialize the Serial UART at the default baudrate of 9600

Step 7: (Optional) The begin function can be enclosed in an if condition to handle initialization errors.

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Step 8: In the loop function, the values are simulated and sent to TIMI as necessary.

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As shown, the code utilizes variables value and inc which contains the current value and the animation direction. Every loop, the value is incremented or decremented depending on the value of inc. The inc variable is updated when the minimum and maximum limits are reached. Finally, the current value is written to the widgets.

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

The Mates Studio – Commander project and Arduino sketch is included in the MatesController library.

The Commander project is available under the extras folder of the library. You can find it in (if the library was installed using Arduino Library Manager):

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

Back to Resource Centre

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