In this instructable you will learn :
how to receive data from your arduino
how to plot them on a graph
To do this I use Qt (say cute) which I already presented in my former instructable :
Control your arduino from your PC with the Qt Gui
To start to write your programs you will need to:
install Qt (sounds obvious ;) ) : https://qt.nokia.com/products/
install the additional library to read the port com : see my former instructable
install the additional library to put graphs in your programs : see the next step.
PS : As you probably notice it, I am not a native English speaker. I would be please if you can correct me.
Step 1: Installation of QWT
I assume that you have already installed Qt, and you have basic skills in programming in C/C++.
First you need to get qwt from source-forge : http://sourceforge.net/projects/qwt/
Then you extract the files.
Here comes the tricky part. The files you downloaded are not compiled.
So you must compiled them. To do so you must start the Qt prompt console.
You can find it on Windows in :
Qt 4.7.3 for Desktop (MinGW)
Then send the command that are on picture 2.
Congratulation, you perfectly compiled the library!
Step 2: Let's Program
I join a little example of a program (see the video in the introduction) which show data send from an arduino. In the next step I give a little program for your arduino to play with this progrme. If you want to do more complicated graphs you can have a look to the folder "examples" of the qwt lib.
All the description are into the program.
If when compiling you have the error n°1073741515 (or maybe another) that mean that you need to put the qextserialportd.dll into your .exe folder. Don't forget to also add the qwt.dll.
Step 3: Program Your Arduino
It send only random data, up to you to improve it and add real probes.
Serial.begin(9600); //initialisation of the port
randomSeed(analogRead(0)); //randomise the random function
randNumber = random(255); //generation of a new random number
Serial.print(randNumber, BYTE); //sending of the number
delay(1000); //wait 1 second
Step 4: Conclusion
The arduino is not the only device which uses the rs232 communication. This instructable can also be useful, for example in my job, to communicate with vacuum probes, micro quartz scale, ...
Fill free to ask questions if you fill lost.