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200903190811 Gobetwino links Arduino to Windows software

Arduino Blog reports on Mikael Moerup’s Gobetwino software – a basic proxy between Windows programs and Arduino boards (though it works with other serial-capable devices as well). Using the included command templates, one can write their own sketch capable of doing the following –

  • Start a program on the PC. Start a program, and wait until it finishes, and tell Arduino it finished.

  • Send data to any windows program from Arduino, like it was typed on the keyboard.
  • Send email, optionally with an attached file.
  • Download a file from the internet.
  • Read a file and return data to Arduino.
  • Log data from Arduino to a file, with an optional timestamp.
  • Periodically check a POP3 mailbox for incoming mails and send commands from the mail to Arduino.
  • Get the time from the PC.
  • Get the date from the PC.
  • Ping a host or IP address.
  • Copy a file on the PC.

With combinations of these commands you can do things like:

  • Start any program on your PC, either directly or via an associated file type.

  • Start Excel, send data from Arduino directly into the Excel sheet, save the sheet and email it, without touching your PC.
  • Send e-mails to a POP3 mailbox and have Arduino react to the contents of the emails.
  • Log data directly to a CSV file on the PC, so the data can be used in spreadsheets or databases.
  • Download a file from the internet and have Arduino ask for a specific line of data from the file.

The software is free and includes a manual and example sketches, source to come. Head over to the site to give it a go.

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

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