Bobbie Smulders Freelance Software Developer

Hometrainer 2.0 - Source code

I’ve recently had a request to publish the source code of the hometrainer application I made a while back. The application was a continuation of the research I did on connecting a hometrainer to a computer using the sound card and calculating the bike’s speed by processing the audio signal.

The source code can be found at the GitHub repository.

I’ve rewritten most of the code to make it easier to use (notable by the use of tons of constants to tweak the application to your needs), but I also removed the part that controlled my media player. I couldn’t find a nice cross-platform method of doing this without resorting to gigantic APIs or messy hacks. The previous code used the Robot class in Java to simulate pressing the spacebar, but this is a rather messy method that can even complicate using your computer.

The code consists of three classes: Hometrainer, View and Main. The Hometrainer class does the work of monitoring the audio port and making sense of the incoming data. It extends the Observable class so it is easy to subscribe to updates by making your own class implement the Observer class (it this is unclear, you can read up on the Observer pattern). This is exactly what the View class does, it receives updates from the Hometrainer class and display the current speed and distance in a nice JFrame using JLabels. You can use this class as an example of how to grab data from the Hometrainer class. This leaves us with the Main class, which is a small class that initializes both classes.

Feel free to use the code however you want. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to use the comments box below.