Real time plot from streaming data

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Rui on 17 Sep 2013
Commented: Zibo Wang on 1 Jun 2017
How can I plot a graph in real time with data being streamed from
Should I use an infinite while loop or a timer? I think neither the two are the most correct solutions since one will always be constrained by their latency and one just want to update the graph whenever the variable is updated.

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Nathan Crosty
Nathan Crosty on 17 Sep 2013
Try this code snippet I have in my inventory as an example.
t = 0 ;
x = 0 ;
startSpot = 0;
interv = 1000 ; % considering 1000 samples
step = 0.1 ; % lowering step has a number of cycles and then acquire more data
while ( t <interv )
b = sin(t)+5;
x = [ x, b ];
plot(x) ;
if ((t/step)-500 < 0)
startSpot = 0;
startSpot = (t/step)-500;
axis([ startSpot, (t/step+50), 0 , 10 ]);
t = t + step;
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Zibo Wang
Zibo Wang on 1 Jun 2017
great! I like this, thank you so much

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Rui on 20 Sep 2013
Thanks Nathan. But I was trying to update my plot in real time with an alternative method, other than through while loop or timer.
I have actually built the code instead with a timer and works perfectly, but I found that
"Note:   The timer object is subject to the limitations of your hardware, operating system, and software. It is not intended to be used for real-time applications.".
I was trying to figure out which could be the most correct solution to implement in real time scenarios.

Rui on 20 Sep 2013
Since I am using the timer to update periodically my streaming data, I note that I cannot work on Matlab while the timer is running at the same time.
Is it supposed to happen so?
It's because timer is supposed to work independently and allow one to work freely.

Tim DeWolf
Tim DeWolf on 6 Sep 2016
I'm collecting buffer/queue data from a driver in real time using a MATLAB timer in a GUI (guide) and it works. You can still use MATLAB.


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