Controlling Arduino Uno with Serial commands

@kline helped me with Phase 1 of my Crustacean Chirpy Chip Challenge project, which I have completed (sort of). I got the programming done but I didn’t do all the reading (yet).

Note to self: My Arduino Uno knockoff identifies itself as a “QinHeng Electronics USB Serial” USB device.

This is my code:

enum state { OFF, ON, FLASH };

enum state state = OFF;

int blink_pin = 13;

void setup() {
  pinMode( blink_pin, OUTPUT );
  Serial.begin( 9600 );
}

void loop() {
  if ( Serial.available() > 0 ) { read_command(); }
  switch ( state ) {
    case ON :
      digitalWrite( blink_pin, HIGH );
      break;
    case OFF :
      digitalWrite( blink_pin, LOW );
      break;
    case FLASH :
      int pin = digitalRead( blink_pin );
      digitalWrite( blink_pin, !pin );
      delay( 500 );
      digitalWrite( blink_pin, pin );
      delay( 500 );
      break;
  }
}

void read_command() {
  String command = Serial.readString();
  command.trim();
  command.toLowerCase();
  Serial.print( "Command: " );
  Serial.println( command );
  if ( command == "on" ) {
    state = ON;
  }
  else if ( command == "off" ) {
    state = OFF;
  }
  else if ( command == "flash" ) {
    state = FLASH;
  }
  else {
    Serial.println( "Unknown command." );
  }
}

This is my setup:

The code which would actually implement the spec, as given:

void read_command() {
  char c = Serial.read();
  switch ( c ) {
    case 'a' :
      state = ON;
      break;
    case 's' :
      state = OFF;
      break;
  }
}

Embedded Systems with ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers in Assembly Language and C

Today I learned about Embedded Systems with ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers in Assembly Language and C (Fourth Edition) by Yifeng Zhu while watching Lecture 9: Interrupts on YouTube. The full list of associated lectures are here: Short Lectures.

Props to Corsair

Just wanted to say thank you publicly to Corsair. The case for my computer ‘charisma‘ is a Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition Mid-Tower ATX Case. I really love this case and in fact I have two of them.

Anyway I had a problem where one of the feet snapped off and I couldn’t find spares for sale anywhere on the internet. I applied for a replacement of the feet through the Corsair warranty process, which was comprehensive but relatively painless, and I am pleased to report that my new replacement feet arrived today.

I am a happy customer!

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Note to self: I was watching EEVblog #378 – Dumpster Diving Teardown Repair and EEVblog #763 – Dumpster Plasma TV Bad Cap Repair and Dave Jones says Nichicon make high quality capacitors. Apparently Panasonic, Nippon Chemi-Con, Rubycon, and Cornell Dubilier are also good.