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Can Unity capture and respond to external data?

Discussion in 'Editor & General Support' started by LTB, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. LTB

    LTB

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    If I had data delivered to a computer by USB, can Unity capture this data and then use it to modify the game? For example, could the data captured be used to move an object, change data points, colors etc?

    Thanks in advance for any and all help!!
     
  2. ElectricAnt

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    Very vague question. What do you mean by delivering data via USB? You have a program running on a connected USB drive that Unity should connect with and get data from? Should a running Unity app constantly be checking for a drive X: to be installed and if so look for data in location X\data, etc, or what?

    Depending on your programming skill you can get Unity to do about anything you want.
     
  3. magwo

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    Short answer: Yes.
     
  4. LTB

    LTB

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    It's a game for high schools.
    The data will come from a probe they are using that will send data to the computer and then Unity will use that data to change parameters in the game. Kind of a a real-time, real world feedback for the students.
     
  5. andeeeee

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    Welcome to the forum, LTB!

    The Arduino has been used in several projects to interface with Unity (for example, this recent posting).
     
  6. LTB

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    andeee - thanks! Looks like we'll be able to do exactly what we had in mind.
     
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