[chuck-users] serial communication and chuck

mike clemow michaelclemow at gmail.com
Mon Mar 5 12:48:56 EST 2012

This is a great thread.  :)  +1 for serial support in Chuck.

I've done a lot in the past with hardware interfaces and Chuck and have
always run something like processing/oscP5 or a python/pyliblo script in
the middle to send OSC to chuck.

Arduino (on a mac) uses the FTDI driver to expose a serial port.  In a
posix environment, can't we configure our machines to pipe the output of
that file in the dev filesystem to a named pipe or something as a

mkfifo tochuck
cat /dev/usbserial-blah | tochuck

and then read from tochuck using file i/o objects?  I know it's hackish,
but what is nice is that you could configure your system to just do this
all the time and then your students wouldn't have to constantly worry about
booting processing and running some dinky little middleware app that sends
serial over OSC.

You'd have to be careful to use an ascii based protocol on the arduino
side.  And, of course, you'd have to make sure to reset everything when
chuck crashes with the file still open.

Just thinking out loud here...



On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM, Michael Heuer <heuermh at gmail.com> wrote:

> N. Cameron Britt wrote:
> > YES! Chuck NEEDS serial. Of course it's true that all of this can be
> > accomplished using some other application and OSC, but it's cumbersome
> and
> > lame to have to use another application *only* to get access to serial.
> I've
> > had to do this for several projects, including one I'm working on now.
> >
> > HIDUINO seems like a promising alternative for Arduino stuff, but I
> wasn't
> > able to get it working right, so I gave up on it. Maybe others have had
> luck
> > with that?
> There's also OSC on Arduino via an ethernet shield, e.g.
> http://recotana.com/recotanablog/closet
> http://adrianfreed.com/content/oscuino-arduino-osc-sketch-open-sound-control-work#comment-304
> Does anyone have experience with such a library?
>   michael
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