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SnapWeDo1

This is a WeDo 1.0 extension for Snap!

It is based on Connor Hudson (AKA technoboy10) snap-server.

I just converted it to python3 and added the WeDo 1.0 methods from Ian Daniher (AKA itdaniher) WeDoMore library.

It still needs some cleaning and improvements but it already works on my Ubuntu laptop and my Raspbery Pi Zero W.

Requirements

  • python 3.x
  • WeDoMore

Installation

WeDoMore:

mkdir WeDo1  
cd WeDo1  
wget https://github.com/gbin/WeDoMore/archive/master.zip  
unzip master.zip  
cd WeDoMore-master/  
sudo python3 ./setup.py install  

SnapWeDo1:

just download the 'snap-wedo1.py' and 'SnapWeDo1.xml' files and give execution permissions to the first one

On Raspberry Pi (and probably also many other linuxes):

Check for the presence of LEGO WeDo 1.0 USB Hub:

lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0694:0003 Lego Group

Create a udev rule to avoid running with root privileges:

sudo nano /lib/udev/rules.d/50-LEGOWeDo.rules

Just paste this line:

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0694", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0003", MODE="666", GROUP="plugdev"

Then load the new rule:

sudo udevadm control --reload
sudo udevadm trigger

Now unplug & replug LEGO WeDo 1.0 USB Hub

This assumes you are using 'pi' account. Any other account must also belong to 'plugdev' group:

sudo adduser username plugdev

Please note that in some linuxes the group can be different, like 'input' instead of 'plugdev'. Just update the udev rule accordingly.

Usage

Run the python script:

$ ./snap-wedo1.py 
Snap! WeDo 1.0 extension by JorgePe
Serving at port 8001
Go ahead and launch Snap!
<a>http://snap.berkeley.edu/snapsource/snap.html</a>
Then import SnapWeDo1.xml containing block definitions for motor and sensors.

Then from a browser launch Snap! by navigating to the runtime URL: http://snap.berkeley.edu/snapsource/snap.html

Then use the menu option 'Import...' and specify the 'SnapWeDo1.xml' file, it contains 3 new custom blocks:

  • In 'motion' a 'move motor' block
  • In 'sensing' a 'read dist' and a 'read tilt' blocks

You now need to specify the IP Address of your Raspberry Pi to use it.

Example

Connect a distance sensor on port A and a motor on port B then try this example to make the motor rotate when an object is detected at less than 15 cm of the distance sensor:

This is the expected result: https://youtu.be/KnzAiFDyu7c