Chapter 2. Working with the Firmata Protocol and the pySerial Library

In the previous chapter, you learned the fundamentals of the Python programming language and the Arduino hardware platform so that you could get started. If you are reading this chapter directly without going through the previous chapter, it is assumed that you have some level of expertise or working experience with these technologies. This chapter describes two important components that are required to bridge Arduino with Python:

  • The Arduino Firmata protocol
  • Python's serial library called pySerial

Although the Firmata protocol is useful to interface Arduino with Python, it can also be used as an independent tool to develop a large variety of applications.

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