# Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces

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# Walking Ghost

Project Members:
Srinivasan Ramaswamy

### Description

A ghostly robot which frighten everyone with its terrific walk ! Coming to entertain us for halloween.

### Components

Arduino board

1 servo motor

1 paper cup

1 head phone cover (acts like a cap)

2 stirrers  and a few wires to tie the legs to the cup

### Code

/* ***Walking Ghost***
* Servo with Potentiometer control
* Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces
* October 11 2007
*/

int servoPin = 7;      // Control pin for servo motor
int potPin   = 0;      // select the input pin for the potentiometer

int pulseWidth = 0;    // Amount to pulse the servo
long lastPulse = 0;    // the time in millisecs of the last pulse
int refreshTime = 20;  // the time in millisecs needed in between pulses
int val;               // variable used to store data from potentiometer

int minPulse = 500;   // minimum pulse width

void setup() {
pinMode(servoPin, OUTPUT);  // Set servo pin as an output pin
pulseWidth = minPulse;      // Set the motor position to the minimum
Serial.begin(9600);         // connect to the serial port
}

void loop() {
val = analogRead(potPin);    // read the value from the sensor, between 0 - 1024

if (val > 0 && val <= 999 ) {
pulseWidth = val*2 + minPulse;  // convert angle to microseconds

Serial.print("moving servo to ");
Serial.println(pulseWidth,DEC);

}
}

// called every loop().
// pulse the servo again if rhe refresh time (20 ms) have passed:
if (millis() - lastPulse >= refreshTime) {
digitalWrite(servoPin, HIGH);   // Turn the motor on
delayMicroseconds(pulseWidth);  // Length of the pulse sets the motor position
digitalWrite(servoPin, LOW);    // Turn the motor off
lastPulse = millis();           // save the time of the last pulse
}
}

Step 1

walking