EE 476: Laboratory 2

Reaction Time Tester.


For this exercise you will use the development board to build a human reaction time tester. The pushbuttons, LEDs, and the mcu will be used to see how fast you can push a button after a light flashes.


You will need to generate a time base for measuring reaction times. Most people have a reaction time in the range of 100 mSec to 200 mSec, but this can be quite variable, up to several hundred mSec.I suggest that you use the multiple task timing scheme from Lab 1.

Make sure that the switches and LEDs are connected as they were in Lab 1. When in doubt, ask an instructor. Remember that a switch which is pushed reads back a logic zero.


Produce an C language program which:

  1. Upon a reset signal, flashs the LEDs at a few Hz and waits for a button 0 press.
  2. At the button press, turns the LEDs off for about 2 seconds. Figure out a way to make the waiting time variable, so that it is harder to predict.
  3. Turns on the LEDs, starts a timer and waits for a button press. (your code should detect the cheating condition of a pressed button at t=0 and respond by returning to the flashing LEDs).
  4. At the button press, computes the time between LED illumination and the button press, displays the number of millseconds in binary on the LEDs, then waits. If your reaction time is longer than 255 Msec, then scale the value by two before displaying it on the LED bar. Displayed time should be accurate to 1 mSec (unless you scaled the time by 2).
  5. Returns to the flashing LEDs when button 7 is pushed.

You will demonstrate the working reaction time tester to the TA in the lab.

Your written lab report should include:

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