Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Node.js Chat Server on RPi, send msg to Arduino Uno, display on LCD Module

This example combine the last post of "Node.js Chat application using, run on Raspberry Pi", and "Node.js send string to Arduino Uno" in my another blog for Arduino. To create a Chat server, and send the received messages to USB connected Arduino Uno board, then display on the equipped 2x16 LCD Module on Arduino.

In order to use serialport in Node.js to send message to serial port, enter the command on Raspberry Pi command line to install serialport.
$ npm install serialport

Modify index.js in last post to add handles for serialport.
var app = require('express')();
var http = require('http').Server(app);
var io = require('')(http);

var SerialPort = require("serialport").SerialPort
var serialPort = new SerialPort('/dev/ttyACM0', 
    {   baudrate: 9600
serialPort.on("open", function () {

app.get('/', function(req, res){

io.on('connection', function(socket){
  socket.on('chat message', function(msg){
    io.emit('chat message', msg);
    serialPort.write(msg, function(err, results) {
            console.log('err ' + err);
            console.log('results ' + results);

http.listen(3000, function(){
  console.log('listening on *:3000');

For the sketch on Arduino Uno, refer to the post "Read from Arduino Serial port, and write to 2x16 LCD".

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