The Start


Hi, What and Why

Plug it in

Rule number 1

Water Sensor

Sound Sensor

Joystick

Tri Colour LED

RTC (Real Time Clock) DS1302

RTC (Real Time Clock) DS3231

Matrix LED step 1

LCD

Stepper Motor

LCD revisited with PCF8574T

Humidity Sensor

Shift Register

RFID tags (RC-522)

7 Segment display

Ultrasonic distance sensor

5V regulator

analogRead and analogWrite

Wiring an Array of Switches

The next step


Other things I have bought

Infra red and Processing

Programming a separate arduino chip

Creating your own PCB

L293D for a DC motor

4 digit 7 segment display

Starting with motors

RF433 Wireless Comms

Sort a character array

More stuff


I2C devices (SDA,SCL)

I2C scanner

SPI devices (MOSI,MISO)

HMC5883L Compass

MMA7361 Accelerometer

Added projects


Message Display System

4WD robot car
4WD robot car II

4WD robot car COMPLETE

MP3 Player

RTC (Real Time Clock)

Model : DS3231


The DS3231 is much better ! RTC module

This code works extremely well.

#include <Wire.h>

#define DS3231_I2C_ADDRESS 104

// SCL - pin A5
// SDA - pin A4
// To set the clock, run the sketch and use the serial monitor.
// Enter T1124154091014; the code will read this and set the clock. See the code for full details.
//
byte seconds, minutes, hours, day, date, month, year;
char weekDay[4];

byte tMSB, tLSB;
float temp3231;

void setup()
{
  Wire.begin();
  Serial.begin(9600);
}

void loop()
{
 
  watchConsole();
 
 
  get3231Date();
 
  Serial.print(weekDay); Serial.print(", "); Serial.print(date, DEC); Serial.print("/"); Serial.print(month, DEC); Serial.print("/"); Serial.print(year, DEC); Serial.print(" - ");
  Serial.print(hours, DEC); Serial.print(":"); Serial.print(minutes, DEC); Serial.print(":"); Serial.print(seconds, DEC);
 
  Serial.print(" - Temp: "); Serial.println(get3231Temp());

  delay(1000);
}

// Convert normal decimal numbers to binary coded decimal
byte decToBcd(byte val)
{
  return ( (val/10*16) + (val%10) );
}

void watchConsole()
{
  if (Serial.available()) {      // Look for char in serial queue and process if found
    if (Serial.read() == 84) {      //If command = "T" Set Date
      set3231Date();
      get3231Date();
      Serial.println(" ");
    }
  }
}
 
void set3231Date()
{
//T(sec)(min)(hour)(dayOfWeek)(dayOfMonth)(month)(year)
//T(00-59)(00-59)(00-23)(1-7)(01-31)(01-12)(00-99)
//Example: 02-Feb-09 @ 19:57:11 for the 3rd day of the week -> T1157193020209
// T1124154091014
  seconds = (byte) ((Serial.read() - 48) * 10 + (Serial.read() - 48)); // Use of (byte) type casting and ascii math to achieve result.  
  minutes = (byte) ((Serial.read() - 48) *10 +  (Serial.read() - 48));
  hours   = (byte) ((Serial.read() - 48) *10 +  (Serial.read() - 48));
  day     = (byte) (Serial.read() - 48);
  date    = (byte) ((Serial.read() - 48) *10 +  (Serial.read() - 48));
  month   = (byte) ((Serial.read() - 48) *10 +  (Serial.read() - 48));
  year    = (byte) ((Serial.read() - 48) *10 +  (Serial.read() - 48));
  Wire.beginTransmission(DS3231_I2C_ADDRESS);
  Wire.write(0x00);
  Wire.write(decToBcd(seconds));
  Wire.write(decToBcd(minutes));
  Wire.write(decToBcd(hours));
  Wire.write(decToBcd(day));
  Wire.write(decToBcd(date));
  Wire.write(decToBcd(month));
  Wire.write(decToBcd(year));
  Wire.endTransmission();
}


void get3231Date()
{
  // send request to receive data starting at register 0
  Wire.beginTransmission(DS3231_I2C_ADDRESS); // 104 is DS3231 device address
  Wire.write(0x00); // start at register 0
  Wire.endTransmission();
  Wire.requestFrom(DS3231_I2C_ADDRESS, 7); // request seven bytes

  if(Wire.available()) {
    seconds = Wire.read(); // get seconds
    minutes = Wire.read(); // get minutes
    hours   = Wire.read();   // get hours
    day     = Wire.read();
    date    = Wire.read();
    month   = Wire.read(); //temp month
    year    = Wire.read();
       
    seconds = (((seconds & B11110000)>>4)*10 + (seconds & B00001111)); // convert BCD to decimal
    minutes = (((minutes & B11110000)>>4)*10 + (minutes & B00001111)); // convert BCD to decimal
    hours   = (((hours & B00110000)>>4)*10 + (hours & B00001111)); // convert BCD to decimal (assume 24 hour mode)
    day     = (day & B00000111); // 1-7
    date    = (((date & B00110000)>>4)*10 + (date & B00001111)); // 1-31
    month   = (((month & B00010000)>>4)*10 + (month & B00001111)); //msb7 is century overflow
    year    = (((year & B11110000)>>4)*10 + (year & B00001111));
  }
  else {
    //oh noes, no data!
  }
 
  switch (day) {
    case 1:
      strcpy(weekDay, "Sun");
      break;
    case 2:
      strcpy(weekDay, "Mon");
      break;
    case 3:
      strcpy(weekDay, "Tue");
      break;
    case 4:
      strcpy(weekDay, "Wed");
      break;
    case 5:
      strcpy(weekDay, "Thu");
      break;
    case 6:
      strcpy(weekDay, "Fri");
      break;
    case 7:
      strcpy(weekDay, "Sat");
      break;
  }
}

float get3231Temp()
{
  //temp registers (11h-12h) get updated automatically every 64s
  Wire.beginTransmission(DS3231_I2C_ADDRESS);
  Wire.write(0x11);
  Wire.endTransmission();
  Wire.requestFrom(DS3231_I2C_ADDRESS, 2);
 
  if(Wire.available()) {
    tMSB = Wire.read(); //2's complement int portion
    tLSB = Wire.read(); //fraction portion
   
    temp3231 = (tMSB & B01111111); //do 2's math on Tmsb
    temp3231 += ( (tLSB >> 6) * 0.25 ); //only care about bits 7 & 8
  }
  else {
    //oh noes, no data!
  }
   
  return temp3231;
}