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, LCD, 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 LCD 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:
- Upon a reset signal, flash the LEDs on the development board at a few Hz
and wait for a button 0 press.
- At the button press, turn the LEDs off for about 2 seconds. Figure out
a way to make the waiting time variable, so that it is harder to predict.
- After the variable time delay, turn on the LEDs, start a timer and wait
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).
- At the button press, compute the time between LED illumination and the
button press, display the number of millseconds in decimal on the LCD, then
waits. Displayed time should be accurate to 1 mSec.
- 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:
- The scheme you used to detect the pushbutton state. (e.g. polling loop,
- How you generated the time base you used.
- Other design aspects of the assignment.
- A heavily commented listing of your code.
- Your reaction times and the reaction time of your TA.
Copyright Cornell University Jan 2002