January 31st 2023, 6 – 9 PM CET
Live via Zoom, in English Language / Recording will be available on February 1st 2023
Recordings are available for up to one year after purchase.
Using Arduino with TouchDesigner
Microcontrollers like Arduino allow users to sense the environment, understand haptic user input or build custom input devices like instruments or physical installations. They also enable TouchDesigner to send control commands to all kinds of actuators (motors, LEDs, lights and other hardware). This opens up a whole world of opportunities for creative installations and rapid prototyping.
In this module, Daniel Molnar who has worked professionally with embedded hardware and software for years will show you how to set up the (serial) connection between TouchDesigner and the Circuit Playground microcontroller. You will learn how to send acceleration and button data from the Circuit Playground to TouchDesigner, convert the data into chops and use the input to control a little interactive game. Furthermore he will show how to go the other way and send data back onto the Circuit Playground to light the onboard LEDs.
Nobody has to reinvent the wheel. There are tons of examples and demos around the Arduino hardware/software system and you will learn how to copy, paste and adapt existing code to your needs. The methods Daniel will introduce will work for any microcontroller from the Arduino eco system and can easily be adapted to your own ideas and other devices.
About the Instructor
Daniel Molnar aka Function Store is a freelance TouchDesigner developer and artist based in Berlin, working on interactive installations and audio-visual artworks across the globe. He has a professional background in software development, produces music and shares components and techniques on his YouTube channel and Patreon. Besides making art and developing systems, he has a passion for tool development and maintains the public GitHub repo FunctionStore_tools that contain many workflow hacks to TouchDesigner.