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Update Scope with Arduino Analog Reading


Arduino's are very common microcontroller boards used to study and design programmable electronics. It is often used with multiple peripherals such as buttons, sliders, sensors and motors.

Together with a TIMI acting as a small fancy display, Arduino boards become a lot more powerful and interesting to use in prototyping.

This project showcases a TIMI-96 module controlled by an Arduino Uno to display potentiometer reading mapped to a Scope widget.


To proceed with the project, the following are required.


  • TIMI 96
  • Mates Programmer
  • USB Type A to microUSB cable (for the Mates Programmer)
  • USB Type A to Type B cable (for the Arduino, replace as necessary)
  • Connecting Wires
  • Potentiometer
  • Arduino Uno
  • Breadboard


Graphics Design

Step 1: Open Mates Studio and create a Commander project for TIMI-96 with Reversed Landscape orientation


Select Commander

Step 2: Browse the library for appropriate page designs. For this project, Full Scope page under Graphs category was used.

Browse Library

Digital Clock

Step 3: After finalizing the design, connect TIMI-96 to your computer

Connect TIMI-96

Step 4: Upload the project to the appropriate COM port

Select Port

Project Upload

Step 5: When prompted, click Proceed to continue with upload.

Day and Time


It is recommended that the graphics design is finalized before moving to the next steps when working on a project.

Programming the Arduino

Step 1: Install the MatesController library using Arduino’s Library Manager.

Arduino Library Manager

Step 2: Include MatesController.h to your project.

#include "MatesController.h"

Step 3: Create a MatesController instance named mates.

MatesController mates = MatesController(Serial);

This will initialize the MatesController instance to the default reset pin 4 using a LOW pulse

Step 4: (Optional) Create a function for toggling the built-in LED of the Arduino board. This can be used for debugging or showing errors if the Serial monitor can’t be used.

int errLedStatus = LOW;
void ErrorLed_Toggle() {
  errLedStatus = ~errLedStatus;
  digitalWrite(LED_BUILTIN, errLedStatus);

Step 5: (Optional) At the beginning of the setup function, set the built-in LED pin to OUTPUT and set it to LOW.

digitalWrite(LED_BUILTIN, errLedStatus);

Step 6: To start using the MatesController instance, use the begin function


This will initialize the Serial UART at the default baudrate of 9600

Step 7: (Optional) The begin function can be enclosed in an if condition to handle initialization errors.

if (!mates.begin()) {
  // Display didn't send ready signal in time
  while (1) {

Step 8: Define the upper limit of the analog reading for the Arduino board

#define ANALOG_UPPER_LIMIT  1023 // Uno 10-bit upper limit

Step 9: In the loop function, the analog pin is read and sent to TIMI.

void loop() {
  int pinValue = analogRead(A0);
  int16_t scopeValue = map(pinValue, 0, ANALOG_UPPER_LIMIT, 0, 79);
  mates.setWidgetValue(MATES_SCOPE, 0, scopeValue);

As shown, the potentiometer reading is mapped to the maximum value of the Scope widget before it is sent to TIMI.

Running the Project

After designing the user interface for TIMI and writing code for the Arduino and programming them, it is time to connect the devices together. Follow the diagram below for the connection between TIMI and Arduino.

Arduino TIMI-96 Pot

Finally, supply power to the Arduino and observe the behavior of the project.

Downloadable Resources

Here are the links to the software applications, libraries and completed project files.