Sony Arouje

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Arduino Scheduler: sleep x time then run for y time

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Recent days I was playing with my Arduino uno to perform several tasks. One task is something like, say sleep for 10 mins and switch on a pin for 3 mins then sleep for 10 mins, and the cycle continues. I evaluated several libraries but most of them run a task based on an interval. For e.g. toggle pin 13 every 1 minute, it’s more like a delay. But what I wanted was, delay for 2 minutes then give a HIGH voltage to pin 13 for 1 minute then write LOW to pin 13 and again sleep for 10mins.

My search leads nothing, so I decided to write a quick and dirty Scheduler for me. I came up with a library after spending 3 hours yesterday night. I didn’t had much programming experience in C++, so I had to spend some time to understand how things work in C++ world. I also use the Timer library as a reference.

Let’s see the sketch that use my library.

#include "TaskScheduler.h" TaskScheduler t1; TaskScheduler t2; TaskScheduler t3; void setup() { Serial.begin(9600); pinMode(13, OUTPUT); pinMode(12, OUTPUT); t1.sleepThenToggle(4000,1000,13,HIGH); t2.every(2000,readSensor); t3.write(12,HIGH,4000); } void readSensor(){ Serial.println("Reading sensors..."); } void loop() { t1.update(); t2.update(); t3.update(); }

Here I declared three tasks, t1, t2 and t3.

Task t1 is a toggle pin task with sleep, in the sample code above, Arduino sleeps for 4000ms then switch on pin 13 for 1000ms and the cycle continues.

  • sleepThenToggle(<sleep time>,<keep the pin state for x ms>,<pin number>,<starting state of the pin>);

Task t2 is a callback task, in the above case, the function readSensor will get called every 2000ms.

  • every(<sleeptime>,<callback>);

Task t3 is a digitalWrite with timeout. One scenario we can use that functionality is, say the switching on/off of a pin is based on an external command, it might be coming from a Raspberry pi. In a situation if the Pi went down with some reason after issuing a switch on command then Arduino will keep the Pin on till a reset. These scenarios, we can use write, in the above code, the pin 12 will be HIGH for 4000ms, after that it will get switched off automatically.

  • t3.write(<pin number>,<starting state of the pin>,<timeout period>);

Make sure to call the ‘update()’ in the loop, other wise no action will be taken.

For the curious minds visit my Gitrepo to see the code.

 

Happy coding…

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Written by Sony Arouje

January 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm

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