Me Ultrasonic Sensor

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Overview

Me Ultrasonic Sensor is an electronic module to measuring distance in the range of 3cm to 400cm. It can be used for the projects to help the handcart avoid obstacles or other relevant distance-measuring and obstacle avoidance projects. Its yellow ID means that it has a single-digital port and needs to be connected to the port with yellow ID on Makeblock Orion.

Technical specifications

● Operating voltage: 5V DC
● Measurement angle: 30 degree
● Measurement range: 3-400cm (with error less than 1cm)
● Ultrasonic frequency: 42 KHz
● Control mode: Single-digital port control
● Module size: 56 x 36 x 31 mm (L x W x H)

Functional characteristics

● Anti-reverse protection – connecting the power supply inversely will not damage IC
● White area of module is the reference area to contact metal beams
● Support mBlock GUI programming, and applicable to users of all ages
● Adopt RJ25 port for easy connection
● Provide pin-type of port to support most development boards including Arduino series

Pin definition

The port of Me Ultrasonic Sensor has three pins, and their functions are as follows:微信截图_20160129144121

Wiring mode

● Connecting with RJ25
Since the port of Me Ultrasonic Sensor has yellow ID, you need to connect to the port with yellow ID on Makeblock Orion when using RJ25 port. Taking Makeblock Orion as example, you can connect to ports No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 as follows:微信截图_20160129144158

● Connecting with Dupont wire
When the Dupont wire is used to connect the module to the Arduino UNO Baseboard, its SIG pin should be connected to digital port as follows:微信截图_20160129144228

Guide to programming

● Arduino programming
If you use Arduino to write a program, the library Makeblock-Library-master should be invoked to control the Me Ultrasonic Sensor. This is a routine to instruct the module for distance measurement through Arduino programming.微信截图_20160129144319微信截图_20160129144346

The code segment serves to read the measured distance (cm) and output the result to Arduino IDE serial monitor in the cycle of 100ms. Upload the code to the Makeblock Orion, click the Arduino serial monitor, you will see the running result as follows:微信截图_20160129144417

● mBlock programming

Me Ultrasonic Sensor supports the mBlock programming environment and its instructions are introduced as follows:微信截图_20160129144500

This example will show you how to use mBlock to control the Me Ultrasonic Sensor.
This program can make the panda speak out the distance detected by Me Ultrasonic Sensor. Its running result is as follows:微信截图_20160129144530

Principle analysis

The Me Ultrasonic Sensor comes with two “eyes”, one of which (marked with T) is an ultrasonic transmitter, the other of which (marked with R) is an ultrasonic receiver. The ultrasonic transmitter launches ultrasonic wave in a direction and start time-keeping at the launch. The ultrasonic wave spreads in the air, returns back immediately when meeting obstacles in the way, and stops time-keeping immediately when the ultrasonic receiver receives the reflected wave. The transmission speed of sonic wave in the air is 340 m/s. Use the time t recorded by the timer to calculate the distance s from the launching point to the obstacle, that is, s=340×t/2.

Schematic

Me_Ultrasonic_V3.0

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  2. We’re having trouble testing the sensor, in our tests the sensor does not work, any tips.

    1. Hi Paulo,
      Before you test the Ultrasoinc sensor, please upgrade firmware for the main board first.
      Besides, make sure you have chosen the correct Board and Serial port on mBlock.
      I have also send some example test program to your email, please kindly check

  3. Hello there is that a way to use use this.sensor as a complement to another sensor in order to have not only a dstance but a position of the object in front. Best regard

    1. Hi Francisco,

      You may give a try and we encourage the customer take hands and figure out different functions.

  4. My Me ultrasonic sensor apparently doesn’t work. I can see a red light switch on, what does it mean ? Is it signal of some error ? And the same happens for the me line follower sensor … Could you help me ? Best regards

    1. Hi Ale,

      The red led lit up on the Ultrasonic sensor and line follower sensor is normal. It measn the module get the power from the main board.
      Since you mentioned that the Ultrasonic sensor doesn’t work, may I know the details and which robot do you have?
      Kindly send an email to tec-support@makeblock.com for further feedback.

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