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W19 Sunday Project Log

A project log for Our Microplate Reader

not just a test now :D progress records for a group of high school students building a microplate reader yeah

MXMX 03/07/2021 at 10:080 Comments

Today, we mainly work on the programming part of the microplate readers. Previously, we have finished the programing for "M" code which is the movement of the motor to a specific spot, and the "L" code for lighting up and turning off of the LEDs. Today we have finished the "A" and "S" code. For the "A" code, the function is to light up specific LED or many LEDs at a time for a specific period of time. The "S" code's function is to perform a shaking movement. 

Here's the basic programming:

String protocolString = "";
boolean protocolWait = false;
String parsedString = "";
int startIndex = 0;

String ledString = "";
String auxString = "";
int auxDuration = 0;
int brightInt = 0;
long brightValue = 0;
long expTime = 0;
int pumpNumb = 0;
int pumpDur = 0;
String totalString = "";

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(115200);
  while (!Serial) {
    ; // wait for serial port to connect. Needed for native USB
  }
  pinMode(3, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(4, OUTPUT);
}

void loop() {
  if (Serial.available() > 0) {
    protocolString = Serial.readString();
    Serial.println(protocolString);
    for (int i = 0; i <= protocolString.length(); i++){ // Analyze command string one character at a time
      parsedString = protocolString.substring(i,i+1); 
      if (parsedString == ";"){
        if (protocolString.substring(startIndex, startIndex+1) == "L"){
          totalString = protocolString.substring(startIndex,i);
          Serial.println(totalString.length());
          if (totalString.length() <= 2){
            ledString = protocolString.substring(startIndex+1,i);
            if (ledString == "1"){
              digitalWrite(3, !digitalRead(3));
              }
            else if (ledString == "2"){
              digitalWrite(4, !digitalRead(4));    
              }
            else if (ledString == "3"){
              digitalWrite(5, !digitalRead(5));    
              }
           }
        }
         if (protocolString.substring(startIndex, startIndex+1) == "A"){
          totalString = protocolString.substring(startIndex,i);
          auxString = protocolString.substring(startIndex+1,startIndex+2);
          auxDuration = (protocolString.substring(startIndex+2,i)).toInt();
          if (auxString == "1"){
            digitalWrite(3, HIGH);
            delay(auxDuration);
            digitalWrite(3, LOW);
            }
          else if (auxString == "2"){
            //digitalWrite(8, !digitalRead(8));
            digitalWrite(5, HIGH);
            digitalWrite(4, HIGH);
            delay(auxDuration);
            //digitalWrite(8, !digitalRead(8));
            digitalWrite(5, LOW);
            digitalWrite(4, LOW);
//            digitalWrite(11, HIGH);
//            delay(auxDuration);
//            digitalWrite(11, LOW);            
            }
          else if (auxString == "3"){
            digitalWrite(12, HIGH);
            delay(auxDuration);
            digitalWrite(12, LOW);     
            }
          else if (auxString == "4"){
            digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
            delay(auxDuration);
            digitalWrite(2, LOW);     
            }
          Serial.println("done");           
          }
 
        startIndex = i+1;
       }
    }
  }
  protocolString = "";
  totalString = "";
  parsedString = "";
  startIndex = 0;
}

Also, we have changed the details about the gear holders and plate holder and then we have put them up together. 

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