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     displayNextLCDString("Light Sensor:");          // display "Light Sensor:" on the top line
 
     displayNextLCDString("Light Sensor:");          // display "Light Sensor:" on the top line
 
      
 
      
     setLCDPosition(1,0);                            //set the VEX LCD cursor the second line, first space
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     setLCDPosition(1,0);                            // set the VEX LCD cursor the second line, first space
 
     displayNextLCDNumber(SensorValue(lightSensor)); // display the reading of the lightSensor sensor
 
     displayNextLCDNumber(SensorValue(lightSensor)); // display the reading of the lightSensor sensor
 
      
 
      
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     displayNextLCDString("Potentiometer:");          // display "Potentiometer:" on the top line
 
     displayNextLCDString("Potentiometer:");          // display "Potentiometer:" on the top line
 
      
 
      
     setLCDPosition(1,0);                              //set the VEX LCD cursor the second line, first space
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     setLCDPosition(1,0);                              // set the VEX LCD cursor the second line, first space
 
     displayNextLCDNumber(SensorValue(potentiometer)); // display the reading of the potentiometer sensor
 
     displayNextLCDNumber(SensorValue(potentiometer)); // display the reading of the potentiometer sensor
 
      
 
      

Revision as of 18:54, 15 February 2012

Main >> CORTEX >> Sensors Overview


For ROBOTC CORTEX Sensor functions, check out the CORTEX Sensor Functions page!

The VEX 2.0 Cortex is equipped with 20 sensor ports. There are 8 Analog Sensor Ports and 12 Digital Sensor Ports. Note that unlike the VEX - PIC microcontroller, all Analog sensors must be in Analog ports, while all Digital sensors must be in Digital ports.

There are a variety of functions and variables used for configuring these ports and accessing their values.

Configuring sensors can be complicated. ROBOTC has a built-in wizard that can be used to configure the VEX 2.0 Cortex sensors. The wizard contains a number of PC windows that allow you to set the following fields for the sensor:

  • The variable name that you want to assign to the sensor. Using a name like “leftBumper” makes for a more readable program than 'dgtl3'!
  • The port that the sensor is connected to.
  • The type of sensor – touch, quadrature encoder, sonar, line follower, etc.



Analog Sensors

There are 5 main types of Analog Sensors for the VEX CORTEX:

Light

Vex light sensor.png
The Light sensor, also known as the Reflection sensor, returns values ranging between 0 and 4095. 0 is the lightest reading and 4095 is the darkest.

#pragma config(Sensor, in1,    lightSensor,    sensorReflection)
//*!!Code automatically generated by 'ROBOTC' configuration wizard               !!*//
 
task main
{
  wait1Msec(2000);                // wait 2 seconds before exectuing following code
  bMotorReflected[port2] = true;  // reflects direction of motor on port 2
 
  while(true)                     // infinite loop:
  {
    clearLCDLine(0);                                // clear the top VEX LCD line
    clearLCDLine(1);                                // clear the bottom VEX LCD line
 
    setLCDPosition(0,0);                            // set the VEX LCD cursor the first line, first space
    displayNextLCDString("Light Sensor:");          // display "Light Sensor:" on the top line
 
    setLCDPosition(1,0);                            // set the VEX LCD cursor the second line, first space
    displayNextLCDNumber(SensorValue(lightSensor)); // display the reading of the lightSensor sensor
 
    wait1Msec(50);                                  // wait 50 milliseconds to help display properly
  }
}

Potentiometer

Vex pot.png
Returns an analog value between 0 and 4095 (although mechanical stops my limit the values to between 5 and 4092).

#pragma config(Sensor, in1,    potentiometer,  sensorPotentiometer)
//*!!Code automatically generated by 'ROBOTC' configuration wizard               !!*//
 
task main
{
  wait1Msec(2000);                // wait 2 seconds before exectuing following code
  bMotorReflected[port2] = true;  // reflects direction of motor on port 2
 
  while(true)                     // infinite loop:
  {
    clearLCDLine(0);                                  // clear the top VEX LCD line
    clearLCDLine(1);                                  // clear the bottom VEX LCD line
 
    setLCDPosition(0,0);                              // set the VEX LCD cursor the first line, first space
    displayNextLCDString("Potentiometer:");           // display "Potentiometer:" on the top line
 
    setLCDPosition(1,0);                              // set the VEX LCD cursor the second line, first space
    displayNextLCDNumber(SensorValue(potentiometer)); // display the reading of the potentiometer sensor
 
    wait1Msec(50);                                    // wait 50 milliseconds to help display properly
  }
}

Line Follower

Vex linefollower.png
Returns values ranging between 0 and 4095. 0 is the lightest reading and 4095 is the darkest.

#pragma config(Sensor, in1,    lineFollower,   sensorLineFollower)
//*!!Code automatically generated by 'ROBOTC' configuration wizard               !!*//
 
task main
{
  wait1Msec(2000);                // wait 2 seconds before exectuing following code
  bMotorReflected[port2] = true;  // reflects direction of motor on port 2
 
  while(true)                     // infinite loop:
  {
    if(SensorValue(lineFollower) < 950) // if the lineFollower sensor reads a value less than 950:
    {
      // turn left:
      motor[port2] = 50;  // motor on port 2 is run at power level 50
      motor[port3] = 0;   // motor on port 3 is stopped at power level 0
    }
    else  // lineFollower sensor reads a value greater than or equal to 950:
    {
      motor[port2] = 0;   // motor on port 2 is stopped at power level 0
      motor[port3] = 50;  // motor on port 3 is run at power level 50
    }
  }
}

Gyro

Accelerometer