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Pimoroni Flotilla first play with Python.



The Mega Treasure Chest Flotilla set from Pimoroni, was kickstarter project that got a lot of people interested. A nice package - a hub for a collection of devices such as light sensors, barometer, temperature, switches, motors and many more; all linked to a Raspberry Pi. The kit is shown in the image to the left.



A Python API exist for this system. Instructions on how to set up the Flotilla to work with Python can be found at http://flotil.la/start/ .

I wanted to play with switching the Rainbow (A set of RGB LEDs) outputs to Red, Blue and Green by pressing either 2,3, or 4 on the Touch Sensor as in the images.





Using the mini-kit example from https://github.com/pimoroni/flotilla-python/blob/master/examples/mini-kit.py as the basis, produced a simple system that uses the Touch module and its buttons 2,3 and 4 to change the Rainbow; the code is shown below and ran on a Raspberry Pi 3 using Python 3.


import colorsys
import flotilla
import time

client= flotilla.Client(
    requires={
        'one':flotilla.Rainbow,
        'two':flotilla.Touch
    })

def module_changed(channel,module):
    rainbow=client.first(flotilla.Rainbow)
    if module.is_a(flotilla.Touch):
        if module.one:
            rainbow.set_pixel(0,255,0).update()
        else:
            rainbow.set_pixel(0,0,0).update()

while not client.ready:
    pass

touch=client.first(flotilla.Touch)
rainbow=client.first(flotilla.Rainbow)
hue=0
lights_on= True

try:
    while True:
        if touch.one:
            lights_on = not lights_on
        if touch.two:
            rainbow.set_all(255,0,0).update()
        if touch.three:
            rainbow.set_all(0,255,0).update()
        if touch.four:
            rainbow.set_all(0,0,255).update()

        time.sleep(0.5)

except KeyboardInterrupt:
    client.stop()


The video below shows the system in action.




I look forward to playing with it a bit more and I would love to hear what others are doing with the Flotilla.


An other example of Python and Flotilla in action can be seen at 

 http://home.uktechreviews.com/Raspberry/Pi%20blog/files/flotilla1.html 

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