Building gauges and gadgets with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis and Switec stepper motors.

Jun 4, 2013 - 2 minute read - Comments -

Improved Test Code for Rotary Encoders

While working through a few queries about the rotary encoder library, it became evident that it would help to have a better test application to diagnose wiring issues.

I’ve committed a better version of that writes out a comprehensive table of state information, updated whenever anything changes.

The output looks like this:

1 1   3    2    1    0
0 1   2    3    1    0
0 0   0    0    1    0
1 0   1    1    1    0
1 1   3    2    1    0
0 1   2    3    1    0

The values in the table are defined as follows:

Column Meaning
A Raw value of input A
B Raw value of input B
STATE Quadrature state 0,1,3,2
SEQ Ordinal sequence 0,1,2,3
DELTA Net change in position
SWITCH Push-button switch state

One small note on the implementation: although there are library calls to directly fetch each of the values in the table, the test program only calls the library to retrieve STATE and SWITCH, and then derives the other values from STATE. I did this to make sure each column is generated from the same inputs. If instead I made separate library calls to fetch each column value, it is quite likely that the inputs would change while generating a row of this table, producing inconsistent and confusing results.