one bang

i am using 2 accelerometer to detect a tap dance knock.
however i get a series bangs from one tap, the numbers are like:


but i just need the highest one, anyone knows how to do it in a easier way? I don’t want to do it in max/msp cause I want to reduce the data from serial port.

//this is the analog port of the accelerator axis (probably Z - check the board)
const unsigned char accelerator_input= 1;
const unsigned char accelerator_input2= 4;

const unsigned char output_value = 0;
const unsigned char output_value2 = 0;

//this is the avaeraging factor to smooth out the noise - be aware this must be below 50
//do not make it too big either - since you want to detect impulses!
const byte smooth_factor = 0;
const byte smooth_factor2 = 0;

//is a tap in positive (>) or negative (<) direction - to differentiate between tap and lifting your foot
#define TAP_CRITERIA > 750
#define TAP_CRITERIA2 > 750

//how big must the acceleration bee to detect a tap
const int tap_treshold = 750;
const int tap_treshold2 = 750;
//by what value it is scaled down?
const byte scale_down_factor = 2;
const byte scale_down_factor2 = 2;
//a rule of thumb - if you connect 3.3V to AREF:
//(1024-tap_treshold) / scale_factor must be smaller than 256

//this is used to store the average
int acceleration_value = 0;
int acceleration_value2 = 0;

void setup(){
  //this is to tell the Arduino to use AREF - connect 3.3V

void loop(){
  //read the acceleration  
  int acceleration_readout = analogRead(accelerator_input);
  int acceleration_readout2 = analogRead(accelerator_input2);
  //smooth the readout
  acceleration_value = (acceleration_value*smooth_factor+acceleration_readout)/(smooth_factor+1);
  acceleration_value2 = (acceleration_value2*smooth_factor2+acceleration_readout2)/(smooth_factor2+1);

  //is it a tap or foot lifting?
  if (acceleration_value TAP_CRITERIA) {
    //ok, now we are interested in the absolute value
    unsigned int abs_acceleration = abs(acceleration_value);
    //is it bigger than our treshold?
    if (abs_acceleration>tap_treshold) {
      //then apply some math to get
      unsigned char output_value = (unsigned char) ((abs_acceleration-tap_treshold)/scale_down_factor);
  if (acceleration_value2 TAP_CRITERIA2) {
    unsigned int abs_acceleration2 = abs(acceleration_value2);
    if (abs_acceleration2>tap_treshold2) {
      unsigned char output_value2 = (unsigned char) ((abs_acceleration2-tap_treshold2)/scale_down_factor2); 

On other systems, flush() can be used to force a write of stuff hiding in an output buffer, but on Arduino everything is already transmitted upon return from Serial.print(). flush() only clears the input queue.

I don't want to do it in max/msp


Are you saying you don't want to read a few values, and remember only the max() of them so only that value will eventually be sent on the serial port? Why not?

Yes, maybe I can do it in max/msp but if I can do it in arduino code that will save a lot space in communication. also when you stuck somewhere, u just want to know how!

I know a way, but in C++ and I thnk its RAM consuming.