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Robot trapeze with CRICKIT @adafruit #adafruit #CRICKIT #robots


This is a robot trapeze with CRICKIT. The accelerometer detects the best time to let the robot go. Learn, code, and video.

Crickit – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express that lets you #MakeRobotFriend using CircuitPython, MakeCode, Arduino, etc.. robotics, arts, crafts, audio animatronics, sensors, agriculture/robot farming, physical computing, kinetic sculptures, science experiments, telescope control…

The Crickit is powered by seesaw, an I2C-to-whatever bridge firmware. So you only need to use two data pins to control the huge number of inputs and outputs on the Crickit. All those timers, PWMs, sensors are offloaded to the co-processor.

https://www.adafruit.com/crickit
https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_Learning_System_Guides/tree/master/Crickits
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjF7R1fz_OOW4YvQEoRLmocKUuOgvI-wh

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from digitalio import DigitalInOut, Direction, Pull
import adafruit_lis3dh
from busio import I2C
from adafruit_seesaw.seesaw import Seesaw
from adafruit_seesaw.pwmout import PWMOut
from adafruit_motor import servo
import neopixel
import board
import time
import gc
 
# create accelerometer
i2c1 = I2C(board.ACCELEROMETER_SCL, board.ACCELEROMETER_SDA)
lis3dh = adafruit_lis3dh.LIS3DH_I2C(i2c1, address=0x19)
lis3dh.range = adafruit_lis3dh.RANGE_8_G
 
# Create seesaw object
i2c = I2C(board.SCL, board.SDA)
seesaw = Seesaw(i2c)
 
# Create servo object
pwm = PWMOut(seesaw, 17)    # Servo 1 is on s.s. pin 17
pwm.frequency = 50          # Servos like 50 Hz signals
my_servo = servo.Servo(pwm) # Create my_servo with pwm signal
 
# LED for debugging
led = DigitalInOut(board.D13)
led.direction = Direction.OUTPUT
 
# two buttons!
button_a = DigitalInOut(board.BUTTON_A)
button_a.direction = Direction.INPUT
button_a.pull = Pull.DOWN
button_b = DigitalInOut(board.BUTTON_B)
button_b.direction = Direction.INPUT
button_b.pull = Pull.DOWN
 
# NeoPixels!
pixels = neopixel.NeoPixel(board.NEOPIXEL, 10, brightness=1)
pixels.fill((0,0,0))
 
#################### log file for logging mode!
 
logfile = "/log.csv"
 
# check that we could append if wanted to
try:
    fp = None
    fp = open(logfile, "a")
    print("File system writable!")
except:
    print("Not logging, trapeeze mode!")
 
# If we log, have some helper variables
logging = False
logpoints = 0
outstr = ""
 
# When its time to release the trapeze
release = False
 
while True:
    if button_a.value: # A pressed
        while button_a.value:	# wait for release
            pass
        if fp:  # start or stop logging
            logging = not logging
            print("Logging: ", logging)
            time.sleep(0.25)
        else:
            my_servo.angle = 180      # open
 
    if button_b.value: # B pressed
        while button_b.value:	# wait for release
            pass
        my_servo.angle = 0      # close
 
    x, y, z = lis3dh.acceleration
 
    # To keep from corrupting the filesys, take 25 readings at once
    if logging and fp:
        outstr += "%0.2F, %0.2F, %0.2F\n" % (x, y, z)
        logpoints += 1
        if logpoints > 25:
            led.value = True
	        #print("Writing: "+outstr)
            fp.write(outstr+"\n")
            fp.flush()
            led.value = False
            logpoints = 0
    else:
        # display some neopixel output!
        if z > 20:
            # MAXIMUM EFFORT!
            pixels.fill((0, 255, 0))
            if release:
                my_servo.angle = 180
        elif z < 3 and y > 0: # means at the outer edge
            release = True
            # flash red when we peak
            pixels.fill((255, 0, 0))
        else:
            pixels.fill((0,0,int(abs(z)*2)))


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