Light sensors are used in all kinds of robotics, industrial, and commercial applications. Next, let's teach it to navigate by visible light. By using a pair of small light sensors, called phototransistors, your ActivityBot can measure and compare the light levels on its right and its left. Then, it can turn toward the brighter side as it navigates. This way, the ActivityBot can be programmed to follow a flashlight, or find its way out of a dark room to a bright doorway.
Get Acquainted with the Phototransistor
The Propeller C Simple Circuits tutorial has a page devoted to the same phototransistor that is included in your ActivityBot kit.
- Go try the Sense Light tutorial, then return here when you are done.
- If you happened to remove the piezo speaker, be sure to put it back where it was.
Before You Start:
- Make sure you have the latest SimpleIDE software.
- Download the latest Learn folder.
- Check that your Learn folder has the most current version of the ActivityBot library. If not, replace the one in your Learn folder with the more up-to-date version.