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Has Anybody Done an Oscilliscope-like Signal/Time or Voltage/Time for Spot.Presentation .Net MF


I am looking to do a Display of Analog Readings (coming from physiological readings) on the Gadgeteer
LCD panel and am wondering if anyone has done a simple oscilliscope-like display of Signal over Time, or Voltage over Time on the .Net Micro Framework or if any of you experts could outline what I need to do?

__Ira Laefsky


This came up many times before. I think it is very simple but maybe users are afraid of trying :slight_smile:

I posted this demo, run on emulator (create a new NETMF “console” project)

Welcome to the community.


I don’t want to assign more homework than necessary to Gus or anyone else but are there any hints on how to do a labelled and maybe grid-based scope display on the T35 LCD for Gadgeteer.

Much Thanks


Here is something for you to start with:

class Scope
        private Bitmap _LCD = new Bitmap(SystemMetrics.ScreenWidth, SystemMetrics.ScreenHeight);
        private int[] _samples;
        private Font font = Resources.GetFont(Resources.FontResources.small);
        public Scope(uint sampleCount)
            if (sampleCount < 10 || sampleCount > (SystemMetrics.ScreenWidth / 2))
                throw new ArgumentException();
            // clear

            // allocate buffer for samples
            // maybe it is better to use? System.Collections.Queue 
            _samples = new int[sampleCount];

        public void Update(int value)
            // shift all samples up once
            for (int i = _samples.Length - 1; i > 0; i--)
                _samples[i] = _samples[i - 1];
            //add the new entry
            _samples[0] = value;

            // draw to screen
            float division = SystemMetrics.ScreenWidth / _samples.Length;
            int sample;
            float x;
            for (x = 0, sample = 0; sample < _samples.Length - 1; x += division, sample++)
                //we can add scaling here if we want but this will slow it down
                _LCD.DrawLine(Colors.Red, 1, (int)x, _samples[sample] + SystemMetrics.ScreenHeight / 2, (int)(x + division), _samples[sample + 1] + SystemMetrics.ScreenHeight / 2);

        public void DrawGrid()
            int yStep = SystemMetrics.ScreenHeight / 10;
            for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
                _LCD.DrawLine(Colors.Green, 1, 0, i * yStep, SystemMetrics.ScreenWidth, i * yStep);

            int xStep = SystemMetrics.ScreenWidth / 10;

            for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
                _LCD.DrawLine(Colors.Green, 1, i * xStep, 0, i * xStep, SystemMetrics.ScreenHeight);

                _LCD.DrawText(i.ToString(), font, Colors.Yellow, i * xStep, SystemMetrics.ScreenHeight/2);

This is extended Scope class from Gus’ example


Mike Dodaro in his Blog Integral Design also posted an Oscilloscope-like display for Gadgeteer along with code for posting Data to a RESTful Internet Interface

Interestingly he is also working with physiological data from SEEED Studio’s Pulse Oximeter

–Ira Laefsky