October 17, 2013

Arduino control and data logging within MS Excel

Building upon his Arduino serial commander protocol we examined previouslyRoberto Valgolio has extended the usefulness of this system by creating software that allows direct control of various Arduino functions from within a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. This is incredibly convenient for real-time data logging, as the values can be sent directly from the Arduino back to a cell in the spreadsheet, so you can experiment with sensors and other devices and not have to rely on the serial monitor to hunt for the required feedback data. 

Furthermore as your data is already in a spreadsheet, you can then easily graph or distribute to others with ease. Kudos to Roberto for such a useful tool - which you can learn more about and download from his website. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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