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Firmata LibraryFirmata allows you to control your Teensy from Adobe Flash, Puredata, Max/MSP and other applications that use the Firmata communication protocol.
Normally you can simply load the compiled Firmata code onto your Teensy using the Teensy Loader, and then concentrate on using one of the software packages that supports Firmata to control your board. You do NOT need to use the Arduino software, unless you want to create a customized version of Firmata, which is rarely needed.
Startup LED BlinkWhen Firmata boots, it blinks the LED in a pattern to let you know it's running, and give you the version number. Checking the LED blink is a simple way to verify your Teensy is running Firmata, before you attempt to control it from another program on your PC or Mac.
TODO: document LED blink - video? - animated gif??
Communication PortWindows: must run serial installer - then use device manager to discover COM port number - TODO: document this - get device manager screenshot
Linux: /dev/ttyACM0 - use "tail -f /var/log/messages" while plugging in the USB cable
Basic Usage - FlashThis page is a work-in-progress.
Basic Usage - Max/MSPThis page is a work-in-progress.
Basic Usage - PuredataThis page is a work-in-progress. TODO: instructions, screenshots, etc.
Known IssuesFirmata allows you to configure each pin, but this communication is only one way, from your PC to the board running Firmata. Your PC can not learn the current configuration of the pins. If you use a program, like Pduino, which shows the state of each pin, its initial configuration is likely NOT the same as your board. The on-screen settings are only the same as your hardware after they have been sent.
PWM only supports up to pin 15, due to a limitation in the Firmata protocol.
Servo motors are only supported on pins 0 to 11.
Please report any bugs to email@example.com. Please try to include enough information so the bug is "reproducible".
Firmata ResourcesFirmata - Official Website