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Using Matlab GUI with Arduino support package

Asked by André Silva on 25 Aug 2013
Is it possible to read analog input pins and command digital outputs of an Arduino board through a GUI? Is it possible to create a standalone application that could be run in any computer without Matlab installed?

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Let me try to repeat your question to see if I understand it correctly. Using MATLAB (and related products), can I:
  • Create a GUI application that runs on a host computer without MATLAB?
  • Use the application to get data from an analog input on Arduino?
  • Use the application to send data from a digital output on Arduino?

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Answer by Rolfe Dlugy-Hegwer on 29 Aug 2013
Edited by Rolfe Dlugy-Hegwer on 29 Aug 2013

Can I:
  • Q: Create a GUI application that runs on a host computer without MATLAB?
  • A: Doing this requires the "MATLAB Compiler" product.
  • Q: Use the application to get data from an analog input on Arduino?
  • Q: Use the application to send data from a digital output on Arduino?
  • A: Yes to both questions. Using the serial port, Arduino can get values from one of its Analog input pins and send them to a host computer. Similarly, you can send values to the Arduino board and set one of the Digital output pins to that value.

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And am I able to generate a standalone aplication that does all of this?
You would create two applications:
  • Create the standalone app using MATLAB Compiler. The stand-alone application that does not require a MATLAB installation on the host computer where you run it.
  • Create an application for the Arduino board using either:the MATLAB Support Package for Arduino, or the Simulink Support Package for Arduino Hardware (by running "targetinstaller" from the MATLAB Command Window.

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