#13. Mapping Values

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If you have read the documentation page of the thermometer node, you will have noticed that it provides an output temperature value to the Tc pin in degrees Celsius. If we’re going to show the temperature with an arrow driven by a servo, we’re in trouble. The servo node can work only with values ranging from 0 to 1 (0 is 0°, 1 is 180°).

The practical task is to make the servo rotate smoothly from 0 to 90°, reflecting a temperature change from 20°C to 50°C.

You can actually do this using few math nodes, but XOD has a special node for such cases. This node is called the map node.


The node has pins:

  • X — the input value that needs to be transformed;
  • Smin — the lower bound of the input range;
  • Smax — the upper bound of the input range;
  • Tmin — the lower bound of the transformed value;
  • Tmax — the upper bound of the transformed value;
  • Xm — the mapped (transformed) value.

Setting them properly would map an input from one range to an output in another.

Test circuit

Note The circuit is the same as for the previous lesson.


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  1. Add the xod/math/map node to your patch.
  2. Link the X input to a value to be mapped.
  3. Set input (source) range bounds with Smin and Smax (e.g. 20 and 50).
  4. Set output (target) range bounds with Tmin and Tmax (e.g. 0 and 0.5).
  5. Use Xm as the resulting value in the new range.


If you followed the example try to heat the thermometer with a hot object (i.e. a paper knife heated with a lighfire). At a temperature of 35°C (half the input range), the servo should rotate to 45°, which is half the output range.

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