DOCUMENTATION

Getting started

Quick tutorials to get started with Luos products

The following video shows a basic tutorial explaining how to make a LED and a servomotor be responsive to a potentiometer.

 


On the following steps, you will learn how to make a simple behavior with a LED module and a Button modules

What you will need


 In the following example, we will make a LED turn on and off by pushing and releasing a button. You will need the following modules and accessories:

  • 1x LED module
  • 1x Button module
  • 1x USB module and an USB cable
  • 2x Luos cables

 

STEPS


 

1. Configure your computer

See the general use guide to install Python, pyluos library, and other useful tools.

2. Plug the modules together

Plug together all the modules with the cables. You can plug them to any of the two connectors of each module.

From left to right: LED module, Button module and USB module. The plug order doesn’t matter.

3. Connect the device to a computer

Plug the USB module to a computer with micro-USB to USB cable.

Your device is now powered and connected. All the low-level code is automatically created to help you to program the behaviors.  

The blue light from the L0 on the USB module turns on when plugged to a computer.

4. Interact with the device

Interacting with the device and program behaviors will require to detect it on your computer. The following steps are explained on the General use page with more details.

First, determine the associated serial port (in the example, the associated port is COM13).

Once you know the port, you can begin the connexion:

The next line will list the modules detected in the device:

In this tutorial, Python should find two modules, the LED and the Button modules. You can check that both are detected:

[<Button alias="button_mod" id=2 state=OFF>,
<LED alias="rgb_led_mod" id=3 state=[0, 0, 0]>]

Knowing the alias of the modules, you can now change their status. For example, if you push the button without releasing it and execute this code:

Python will answer:

True

If you type and execute the following line:

The LED turns on.
The value [0, 0, 0] will turn it off.

More details are provided on the page General use.

5. Write a simple beahvior

You can now write a simple behavior that makes the LED to turn on when pushing the button and turn off when releasing it.

The following code is commented to explain

Test your behavior by executing the code.

What’s next?


 

This was a really simple tutorial to get you on tracks.

With the other modules of the collection, you can connect with Wifi and store code (Raspberry Pi module), plug several types of motors (Servo, DC motor and DXL modules), or add sensors (IMU and lidar module).

Possibilities are infinite.