Processing.js Seismometer Dashboard widget

29.12.09

I just finished the promised 2d Seismometer Dashboard widget that uses processing.js. It is based on the excellent, albeit simple, Seismometer widget from Matt Haynes and uses its Unimotion plugin library as well.
Somebody has been asking for a version that graphs all 3 axis in the comments, so here it is!
One could use 3 versions of that seismomenter widget, and choose a different axis for each one, but sadly it does not save the prefs, and so forgets that after a restart, resetting to all 3 graphing the same axis.

My widget is called P5Seismo (from processing’s early name P5) and comes in 3 flavors, without and with two different frame borders – a simple and a larger one.

Here is a screenshot of the frameless version, showing 3 parallel lines:

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Processing

8.11.09

About a year-and-a-half ago I was toying with Processing, which is sort of like a scripting language for graphical applications – for those of you who don’t know, and wrote some plugins for it. I started tinkering with it because I was interested in doing something interesting with the SuddenMotionSensor (SMS) that’s built into every Apple Laptop and thought that Processing will make cool graphs of the readings easier – which it did.

I found that the SMS input plugin that was on the site did not work according to my standards, so I wrote one that uses SMSlib from Seismac rather than Unimotion. Using that I built the sketch that I had wanted to from the beginning which graphs the readings in 3d:  SMS sketch

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