Does anyone know of an alternative distance sensor than the Ultrasonic Range Finder that would work with Vex EDR and RobotC? The Vex Ultrasonic Range Finder has a lot of noise and is almost useless. I’ve tried three different sensors and they all perform poorly. They have trouble sensing most surfaces and the results bounce around a lot.
I’m only using the robot for personal use and won’t be entering a competition, so I’m not worried about using official sensors.
Any alternative range or distance sensors? Thanks!
I’ve used those infrared sensors on VEX Pic and Cortex and they work very, very well. Nice thing is they come in multiple sensing ranges, so you can use a long distance to start and then start reading the short distance one to zero in.
These sensors have been on my “new feature suggestion list” for years. Maybe the new system will come out with them.
For use with the Cortex and measuring distance, you will want one of the analog sensors that works on 5V.
As for the actual connection, you need to start with this cable for most of the sensors in that series. The most foolproof way to establish a connection to the Cortex would probably be to cut off the end of a VEX 3-wire extension cable and solder the newly exposed ends to the aforementioned cable, matching all 3 colors between both cables (red to red, black to black, and white to white).
Then plug into an analog port, set the port to type ‘Analog’ in the Motors and Sensors Setup, and the same
So coming out of the sensor is 2 sets of wires
4 wire uart
2 wire motor control
The 4 wire uart needs to be cut and wired into a 4 wire connector and plugged into a UART port( 1 or 2)
The 2 wire motor needs to be cut and wired to a motor controller, either directly to ports 1/10 or into ports 2-9 with a motor controller.
A forum user made this video to show how to do wire repair and it is exactly the same.
I would also be happy to share some code, just would need to find it and clean it up a little, next couple of days.
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@tabor473 , Thanks for posting the follow-up details and the tagging note.
I’ve purchased the Neato Robotics LIDAR Sensor Module. The four wire uart has red, brown, orange and black wires. The Vex 4 wires have Black, red, yellow, and white. What is the combination to connect the wires? I’m assuming black to black and red to red. How about the brown/orange to yellow/white?