ps/2 barcode reader input being used to move stepper -feasibility

Hi All,

I am new to arduino and am trying to do some design prototyping/proof of concept. I have little programming skills so be gentle!

I would like your opinions on whether arduino could utilise a ps/2 barcode scanner (like cue cat etc) to read a product barcode (EAN 13) and then match (correlate) the barcode to a piece of code making a stepper motor move a pre-defined number of steps in a preset direction. The arduino would need to match up to 10 barcodes to stepper activities.

for example:

-> Scan barcode -> Returns reading of 9123456789123 -> Arduino processes this barcode input and matches to specific code making motor move 1000 steps forward -> Read/input result displayed on LCD screen -> read, execute, complete....ready for input again -> Once complete easydriver sets motor to sleep until next reading.

If this is possible what would be required apart from: 1. arduino board 2. Easydriver V4.3 3. ps/2 barcode reader 4. Stepper 5. Barcodes and matched stepper instructions

Thanks in advance. Pharmboyz

Looks very well possible to me, barcode readers behave as keyboards so check PS2 keyboard - http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Main/PS2KeyboardExt2 - the example code there must be enough get you started.

i’ve used a cuecat with arduino before. worked very nice with the ps/2 library