I have a sensor which can give information about X and Y position movement, and I want to create a simple interface in which a circle on the screen will move in the same direction as I move the sensor. I use Arduino to send position data (float) through serial communication.

However, the code doesn't seem to work well. The circle I create, sometimes it disappears from the screen, and after a while, it shows up again. Besides, the circle seems to "blink" (I mean it appears/disappears in high frequency) all the time. I'm doubted that the problem is about the buffer, but I'm not so sure. Here is the code I use:


 // import libraries
import java.awt.Frame;
import java.awt.BorderLayout;
import processing.serial.*;

// Serial port to connect to
String serialPortName = "COM3";


Serial serialPort; // Serial port object

void setup() {

    serialPort = new Serial(this, serialPortName, 9600); 

byte[] inBuffer = new byte[50]; // holds serial message

void draw() {
  if (serialPort.available() > 0) {
    float[] x= new float[2];
    String myString = "";
      try {
        serialPort.readBytesUntil('\r', inBuffer);
      catch (Exception e) {
      myString = new String(inBuffer);
      String[] nums = split(myString, ' ');
        try {
            x[0] = float(nums[0]);    //X
            x[1] = float(nums[1]);    //Y
        catch (Exception e) {
      ellipse(x[0]+500, x[1]+500, 70, 70);      //+500 to make the circle in the middle of interface

Serial communication in Arduino:

Serial.print(xf,DEC);        //méthode 1
Serial.print(" ");

Please help me to find the root cause of this problem. Thank you so much!!


1 Answer 1


I know nothing about "processing", but just based on looking at your code, it seems that background(0) clears the graphics frame, and ellipse(...) draws the circle. You are doing the former unconditionally on every iteration through draw(), but the latter only when you get a message. So it isn't surprising that you get a lot of flickering.

The fix would be to move the background(0) call to immediately before the ellipse(...) call.


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