Control Arduino-connected servos with Visual Basic
Engineering student Rui Santos has published a simple yet interesting tutorial on how to control servos via an Arduino with Visual Basic. Although doing so may seem to be an anathema to some, if you're using Visual Basic this is a quick way to gain control of hardware without too much effort. The commands to the Arduino are single characters, which are read via the serial line and acted upon in the sketch. Here's a quick video demonstration:
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