varargout = ColorCal2(command, [varargin])

Interface function to communicate with the ColorCal2 USB device.

WINDOWS: On MS-Windows this driver needs to use a virtual COM port method
to communicate, instead of the more feature-rich USB method on Linux or
OSX. As a consequence, only a subset of functions is supported, as listed
below, and device detection may be less reliable if you have other serial
port devices or virtual COM port devices connected, unless you help the
driver by telling it the right COM port: The device will show up as an
additional serial port on the system. This driver will communicate with
the device by establishing a serial port connection via that serial port.
The driver will check for the existence of a configuration file named
[PsychtoolboxConfigDir ‘ColorCal2Config.txt’]. If the file exists and is
readable, then presence of a serial port name in the first line of that
text configuration file will use the serial port with that name for
communication, otherwise the driver will try to auto-detect the proper
serial port for communication. E.g., if the file would contain one line
with the text COM3 then virtual COM port 3 would be used for serial port

OSX: OSX 10.12 or later is required for this function to work. For older
OSX versions, look for instructions on the CRS Ltd. website.

LINUX: If you want to use this function without the need to run Matlab or
Octave as root user (i.e., without need for root login or the sudo
command), please run PsychLinuxConfiguration once (this will happen
automatically if you install, update or setup Psychtoolbox via
DownloadPsychtoolbox, UpdatePsychtoolbox or SetupPsychtoolbox)), or
alternatively copy the file
into the folder /etc/udev/rules.d/ on your system. This one-time copy
will require administrator privileges, but after that, any user should be
able to use the ColorCal devices or other CRS Ltd. devices without
special permissions.

Required Input:
command (string) - Command to send to the ColorCal2 device. Commands are
case insensitive.

Optional Input:
varargin - Argument(s) required for a subset of the ColorCal2
commands. Varies depending on the command.

Optional Output:
varargout - Value(s) returned for a subset of the ColorCal2 commands.

Command List for all operating systems:

‘DeviceInfo’ - Retrieves the following device information in a struct:
firmware version number, 8 digit serial number, and firmware build
number. The struct’s fields are romVersion, serialNumber,

 devInfo = [ColorCal2](ColorCal2)('DeviceInfo');  

‘MeasureXYZ’ - Measures the tri-stimulus value of the current light.
Returns a struct with x, y, and z in floating point format. These
values should be corrected by multiplying them against the calibration
matrix typically stored in the 1st calibration matrix in the device.

 Example: Retrieve the xyz values and correct them with the 1st  
          calibration matrix.  
 cMatrix = [ColorCal2](ColorCal2)('ReadColorMatrix');  
 s = [ColorCal2](ColorCal2)('MeasureXYZ');  
 correctedValues = cMatrix(1:3,:) \* [s.x s.y s.z]';  

‘ReadColorMatrix’ or ‘ReadColourMatrix’ - Retrieves all 3 color
calibration matrices from the device and returns them as a 9x3 matrix.
Each set of 3 rows represents a single calibration matrix. All
values will be in floating point format.

‘ZeroCalibration’ - Removes small zero errors in the electronic system of
the ColorCal2 device. It reads the current light level and stores
the readings in a zero correction array. All subsequent light
readings have this value subtracted from them before being returned.
This command is intended to be issued when the ColorCal2 is in the
dark. Returns 1 if the command succeeds, 0 if it fails. This
command must be run after every power cycle of the device.

‘NeedZeroCalibration’ - Returns true if a zero calibration is needed, false
otherwise. Devices with firmware build 877 or later do not need this, as
they are factory calibrated.

Close’ - Close connection to device. A ‘clear all’ or ‘clear ColorCal2’ or
quitting Octave or Matlab will also close the connection, so this is
not strictly needed.

All the following commands are not supported on MS-Windows, only on Linux and OSX:

‘GetRawData’ - Returns the raw data for all three light channels, the
contents of the zero correction array for all three channels, and
the current reading of the trigger ADC. Returns a single struct
containing the following fields: Xdata, Xzero, Ydata, Yzero, Zdata,
Zzero, Trigger. All values are unformatted.

‘LEDOn’ - Turns the LED on.

‘LEDOff’ - Turns the LED off.

‘SetLEDFunction’ - Controls whether the LED is illuminated when the
trigger signal is generated. This state is stored in non-volatile
memory and will survive a power cycle. Takes 1 additional argument:
0 or 1. 0 = LED not active when triggered, 1 = LED active when

‘SetTriggerThreshold’ - Sets the threshold which must be exceeded by the
first derivative of the trigger ADC before a trigger pulse is
generated. It is stored in non-volatile memory and will survive a
power cycle. Takes 1 additional argument which is the trigger
threshold value.

‘StartBootloader’ - Causes the ColorCal2 to start its internal bootloader
in preparation for a firmware upgrade.

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