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Arduino compatibility

posted Sep 25, 2012 13:04:30 by TomWyatt
Hi All
I've done some work getting older (FTDI based) arduinos to communicate with Artemis. They use the same FTDI chip that the Entec device uses, as such an Arduino Deicemilia ( will start receiving data from artemis when it starts

So far I've hooked an LED to the Shield status and had the arduino keep track of "player got hit" messages with a view to triggering a smokemachine that I have.

Anyone interested in the code? Its in the development forum at the moment :)
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kwadroke said Sep 25, 2012 19:04:20
Here's some additional information on using an Arduino triggering on DMX events. I plan on using it to turn on and off my red beacon lights eventually.

For now, I'll be using the Arduino's FTDI chip to talk to a max485 IC and drive the RGB DMX light I just got back from picking up at the local music store. If I can find my FTDI board, I can skip the Arduino.
TreChipman said Sep 26, 2012 01:09:12
Yes, I'm absolutely interested-- I've been working on a captain's armrest that would ideally keep track of Artemis information but I've been sidetracked by Real Life(tm), so I haven't gotten as far as I'd like.
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kwadroke said Sep 27, 2012 03:16:55
I found my FTDI Board(s) and hooked up a 75176 (same as max485) IC and got it working. Since I had drivers for the Arduino loaded already (older Arduinos uses the FTDI chip too), I didn't have to load any drivers to get it to work.
I used the same hardware and schematic found here.
avbeeri said Sep 27, 2012 09:39:51
I wish I could work on this, but my Arduino's are too new.

I did however manage to get my Arduino Leonardo acting like a joystick, in addition to the built in Keyboard and Mouse ability. :)

Keep up the good work!
thegoody88 said Sep 28, 2012 17:25:54
This would be really helpful. VERY interested in creating some custom gear but know nothing about DMX and also have a load of Arduino kit already. Hopefully one of my boards will interface with the DMX output.
avbeeri said Sep 29, 2012 18:29:30
Has anyone used one of these in place of an ENTEC Open DMX device?

I was wondering whether it would be worth the investment.
TomWyatt said Nov 05, 2012 14:51:57
i had one of the sparkfun FTDI boards working with artemis too.

As I've said in the other thread (in dev forum): I've given up hacking the DMX stuff as its too limited for what were trying to achieve. Instead I'm working on python classes to pull the data I want straight out of the network protocols using PCAP to capture them.
So far I can read out energy levels, when the ship gets hit, ship coordinates, turn rate, warp/impulse settings.. All of which is damned useful for what we've got planned :D

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