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Hi I made Color sensor recently and I felt that it wasn't much clear guide about using it with arduino and I have one linkit one board also so I thought of publishing an instructable based on this.Enjoy!!

Step 1: Things Required

We need :-

  • Linkit one
  • Diy Color Sensor
  • USB cable for coding
  • Male to female jumper wires
  • Battery (optional)

Step 2: Arrangements

Red L.E.D cathode to Digital Pin 2

Green L.E.D cathode to Digital Pin 3

Blue L.E.D cathode to Digital Pin 4

220 ohms resistor and LDR's connection to +5 V from arduino

10 kilo ohms resistor and LDR's connection to Analog Pin 0

Other terminal of 10 kilo ohms resistor to Gnd from arduino

Step 3: Code

// Define colour sensor LED pins

int ledArray[] = {2,3,4};

// boolean to know if the balance has been set boolean balanceSet = false;

//place holders for colour detected int red = 0; int green = 0; int blue = 0;

//floats to hold colour arrays float colourArray[] = {0,0,0}; float whiteArray[] = {0,0,0}; float blackArray[] = {0,0,0};

//place holder for average int avgRead;

void setup(){ //setup the outputs for the colour sensor pinMode(2,OUTPUT); pinMode(3,OUTPUT); pinMode(4,OUTPUT); //begin serial communication Serial.begin(9600); }

void loop(){

checkBalance(); checkColour(); printColour(); }

void checkBalance(){ //check if the balance has been set, if not, set it if(balanceSet == false){ setBalance(); } }

void setBalance(){ //set white balance delay(5000); //delay for five seconds, this gives us time to get a white sample in front of our sensor //scan the white sample. //go through each light, get a reading, set the base reading for each colour red, green, and blue to the white array for(int i = 0;i<=2;i++){ digitalWrite(ledArray[i],HIGH); delay(100); getReading(5); //number is the number of scans to take for average, this whole function is redundant, one reading works just as well. whiteArray[i] = avgRead; digitalWrite(ledArray[i],LOW); delay(100); } //done scanning white, now it will pulse blue to tell you that it is time for the black (or grey) sample. //set black balance delay(5000); //wait for five seconds so we can position our black sample //go ahead and scan, sets the colour values for red, green, and blue when exposed to black for(int i = 0;i<=2;i++){ digitalWrite(ledArray[i],HIGH); delay(100); getReading(5); blackArray[i] = avgRead; //blackArray[i] = analogRead(2); digitalWrite(ledArray[i],LOW); delay(100); } //set boolean value so we know that balance is set balanceSet = true; //delay another 5 seconds to allow the human to catch up to what is going on delay(5000); }

void checkColour(){ for(int i = 0;i<=2;i++){ digitalWrite(ledArray[i],HIGH); //turn or the LED, red, green or blue depending which iteration delay(100); //delay to allow CdS to stabalize, they are slow getReading(5); //take a reading however many times colourArray[i] = avgRead; //set the current colour in the array to the average reading float greyDiff = whiteArray[i] - blackArray[i]; //the highest possible return minus the lowest returns the area for values in between colourArray[i] = (colourArray[i] - blackArray[i])/(greyDiff)*255; //the reading returned minus the lowest value divided by the possible range multiplied by 255 will give us a value roughly between 0-255 representing the value for the current reflectivity(for the colour it is exposed to) of what is being scanned digitalWrite(ledArray[i],LOW); //turn off the current LED delay(100); } } void getReading(int times){ int reading; int tally=0; //take the reading however many times was requested and add them up for(int i = 0;i < times;i++){ reading = analogRead(0); tally = reading + tally; delay(10); } //calculate the average and set it avgRead = (tally)/times; }

//prints the colour in the colour array, in the next step, we will send this to processing to see how good the sensor works. void printColour(){ Serial.print("R = "); Serial.println(int(colourArray[0])); Serial.print("G = "); Serial.println(int(colourArray[1])); Serial.print("B = "); Serial.println(int(colourArray[2])); //delay(2000); }

Step 4: Done!!

It is all set to be used in your projects related to color sensing.

Best of luck!!

Thank you!!

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