Since Kindred Dichotomy was accepted into AWMAS 2020, I felt it was time to revisit why TRAVIS I's Arduino Lilypad died. My last visit to the USA with TRAVIS I didn't go so well with the wireless connections, so I am a bit anxious to have all wired backups working.
To recap, I was switching back and forth between the Lilypad and the MKR1000 when I was testing something. Then all of a sudden my laptop stopped recognizing this specific Lilypad. Today I still couldn't fix it. But, remember when I posted my comparison of 3 different Arduino Lilypad USBs? It was the blog post on 13/7/2018. I got out my spare Lilypad; it's the one that's not connected to the red glove, and is super jitter no matter what I do with it. When I was making TRAVIS II, there was a slight jitter and I used programming in Max to ignore the jitter when the sensors were at rest. I copied that code for all of TRAVIS I's sensors so now this jittery, "bad", Lilypad is a useable backup.
Speaking of backups, the wires on the original circuitboard are starting to be a bit short. So instead of replacing the wires, I am using my backup circuitboard. I made it one summer and called it my backup for my backup, in case the solder cracked and I lost a sensor. I never expected to be using it for this situation. I'll revisit the TRAVIS II arduino code and make a wired version to upload in case it refuses to connect too.
Thinking of the worst case scenario, I don't think all of these wired connections to my Macbook will work in a live performance. The audio interface needs to be connected too! It's the dumb macbook pro with only two USB C connections. I can imagine myself or my duet partner pulling out the dongles very easily while playing. I'm going to prepare my old PC to handle the visuals for the AWMAS performance. I think for this reason I should prepare both computers to potentially run either the visuals patch or the audio patch. 3 built in USB connections on the old PC is a blessing.
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