Error codes on twitter mood light tutorial (processing+python)

Hey guys i’m pretty new to arduino but have been working endlessly on this tutorial:

So i am not ready to give up.
I think I may have installed all of the packages for python successfuly but I am not too sure (is there anyway to text)
I’ve worked my way out of most of the problems im facing in creating this.
These is the final problems I am experiencing them and i’m all out of ideas now.
Please help :slight_smile:

This is my error codes (processing):

Stable Library

Native lib Version = RXTX-2.1-7
Java lib Version = RXTX-2.1-7
[0] “COM5”
[1] “COM7”
[2] “COM8” Unknown Application
at processing.serial.Serial.(Unknown Source)
at processing.serial.Serial.(Unknown Source)
at simpleTweet_00_p.setup(
at processing.core.PApplet.handleDraw(Unknown Source)
at Source)
Exception in thread “Animation Thread” java.lang.RuntimeException: Error inside Serial.()
at processing.serial.Serial.errorMessage(Unknown Source)
at processing.serial.Serial.(Unknown Source)
at processing.serial.Serial.(Unknown Source)
at simpleTweet_00_p.setup(
at processing.core.PApplet.handleDraw(Unknown Source)
at Source)

This is my current processing code:

import processing.serial.*;

import twitter4j.conf.;
import twitter4j.internal.async.
import twitter4j.internal.logging.
import twitter4j.http.;
import twitter4j.api.
import twitter4j.util.;
import twitter4j.internal.http.
import twitter4j.*;

static String OAuthConsumerKey = “ykaw70kvBc6jVV21eLlWA”;
static String OAuthConsumerSecret = “PllQqnwaZV7aYuH33vniloGW2U5fbkfYxef2LQVAK0”;
static String AccessToken = “20026567-9juOyYchv9k7PXsu7kyrvhpHKkOY3Fg6xTn9vatuA”;
static String AccessTokenSecret = “AcIhlVX95nvpFYMyk9oh41PWHe3TXYqhMbSy6hLgQ”;

Serial arduino;
Twitter twitter = new TwitterFactory().getInstance();

void setup() {
size(125, 125);
String arduinoPort = Serial.list()[0];
arduino = new Serial(this, arduinoPort, 9600); ERROR BEGINS ON THIS LINE

void loginTwitter() {
twitter.setOAuthConsumer(OAuthConsumerKey, OAuthConsumerSecret);
AccessToken accessToken = loadAccessToken();

private static AccessToken loadAccessToken() {
return new AccessToken(AccessToken, AccessTokenSecret);

void draw() {
text(“simpleTweet_00”, 18, 45);
text("@msg_box", 30, 70);

void listenToArduino() {
String msgOut = “”;
int arduinoMsg = 0;
if (arduino.available() >= 1) {
arduinoMsg =;
if (arduinoMsg == 1) {
msgOut = “Opened door at “+hour()+”:”+minute()+":"+second();
if (arduinoMsg == 2) {
msgOut = “Closed door at “+hour()+”:”+minute()+":"+second();
compareMsg(msgOut); // this step is optional
// postMsg(msgOut);

void postMsg(String s) {
try {
Status status = twitter.updateStatus(s);
println(“new tweet --:{ " + status.getText() + " }:–”);
catch(TwitterException e) {
println("Status Error: " + e + "; statusCode: " + e.getStatusCode());

void compareMsg(String s) {
// compare new msg against latest tweet to avoid reTweets
java.util.List statuses = null;
String prevMsg = “”;
String newMsg = s;
try {
statuses = twitter.getUserTimeline();
catch(TwitterException e) {
println(“Timeline Error: " + e + “; statusCode: " + e.getStatusCode());
Status status = (Status)statuses.get(0);
prevMsg = status.getText();
String p = splitTokens(prevMsg);
String n = splitTokens(newMsg);
//println(”(”+p[0]+") → "+n[0]); // debug
if (p[0].equals(n[0]) == false) {
//println(s); // debug

And these are the errors on python:

running… simpleTweet_01_python
arduino msg: #peacefulGlow

Traceback (most recent call last):
File “C:/Users/Ciaran/Desktop/python final”, line 47, in
File “C:/Users/Ciaran/Desktop/python final”, line 24, in listenToArduino
File “C:/Users/Ciaran/Desktop/python final”, line 31, in compareMsg
pM = “”+prevMsg[0]+""
IndexError: list index out of range

This is my current python code:

print ‘running… simpleTweet_01_python’

import libraries

import twitter
import serial
import time

connect to arduino via serial port

arduino = serial.Serial(‘COM5’, 9600, timeout=1)

establish OAuth id with twitter

api = twitter.Api(consumer_key=‘ykaw70kvBc6jVV21eLlWA’,

listen to arduino

def listenToArduino():
if msg > ‘’:
print 'arduino msg: '+msg.strip()

avoid duplicate posts

def compareMsg(newMsg):

compare the first word from new and old

status = api.GetUserTimeline(‘yourUsername’)
prevMsg = [s.text for s in status]
pM = “”+prevMsg[0]+""
pM = pM.split()
nM = newMsg.split()
print "prevMsg: "+pM[0]
print "newMsg: "+nM[0]
if pM[0] != nM[0]:
print “bam”

post new message to twitter

def postMsg(newMsg):
localtime = time.asctime(time.localtime(time.time()))
tweet = api.PostUpdate(hello)
print "tweeted: "+tweet.text

while 1:

I know atleast one of the buttons are working as it sends the signal of arduino msg: #peacefulGlow

to pyhon when running module but as soon as the button is pressed then error messages appear.
My LED is not lighting up at all :frowning:

I can send pictures of the circuitboard if needed.

Please will someone help me with this.
Either contact me here or and email to would be great