Intro: Arduino, MIT App Inventor Servo Motor Controller
Hello again everybody!! I hope all of you are fine and in good mood and condition always. Today I would like to share my experiment on using the MIT appinventor on controlling servo motor attached to arduino. Well, wait a minute, my experiment before this also use appinventor, sooooo what's the difference?
Well, the difference is that in this experiment I am going to use the slider function in the appinventor as opposed to the experiment before, where I only use button functions.There will be two parts in the instructables, arduino part and the appinventor part. So let's get started shall we?
Step 1: Step 1: the Items Needed
As usual, I am going to list all the items that is needed for this experiment.
1. Arduino UNO
2. Servo motor
3. Bluetooth module ( HC-05 or HC-06)( i am using HC 06)
4. Male to male jumper wire
6. Android smart phone
1. Arduino IDE
2. MIT app inventor
Step 2: Step 2: the Appinventor Design and Blocks
Alright in the first image, which is the appinventor design screen, there are the slider object, the list picker and so on.. I would like to stress some information on the slider object.
If you look at the properties panel at the right when selecting the slider, you could see some variables you can edit. In this experiment, I would like my servo to turn from 0 to 180 degrees. That is why i have decided my minValue to be 0 and maxValue to be 180.
You can also customize the width of the slider by adjusting the width variable in the properties panel. I also wanted my initial position of my slider to be at the middle (90) therefore, I adjusted the thumb position variable to 90.
The second image shows the code block for the experiment.Notice that in the code block, I had initialized my global value ( thumb position) to 90.
Step 3: Step 3: Arduino Code
#include< Servo.h >// include server library
Servo ser; // create servo object to control a servo
int poser = 90; // initial position of servo
int value; // initial value of input
Serial.begin(9600); // Serial comm begin at 9600bps
ser.attach(7);// server is connected at pin 7
while(Serial.available()) //read while data is present
value = Serial.read(); //value = serial read data from phone
poser = value ; //than position of servo motor equals to value of data read from phone
ser.write(poser);// the servo will move according to position
Step 4: Step 4: Assemble the Circuit and Test It!!
The circuit is assemble as shown in the sketch. The sketch is made is using fritzing. During uploading the code into arduino, make sure the bluetooth RX and TX to arduino were disconnected first from TX and RX of arduino. That's all for the circuit assembly.
Now everything is set up. Download the the code you made in appinventor to your phone (save .apk in computer, then transfer it to your phone). Upload the arduino code and test it!! The link for demonstration video is here: