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Lesson 76: Using VL6180 62cm Laser Distance sensors with Arduino

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  • VL6180 Datasheet (pdf)
  • Part 8: Obstacle Avoidance with Arduino

    In this lesson we learn how to use VL6180 62cm laser ToF (Time of Flight) distance sensor using Arduino. the module is explained, wiring diagram shown and wiring is explained. Code is fully explained and demonstrated. this code is for single sensor.

    wiring diagram for VL6180
    
     /*
    * Lesson 76-1: Using One single VL6180 Laser  Distance Sensor with Arduino 
     * Adafruit code modified for this tutorial
     * by Ahmad Shamshiri at 22:22 on 
     * Mar 10-11, 2021 in Ajax, ON, Canada
     Please watch video instruciton of this code : https://youtu.be/_H9D0czQpSI
     
    View code for using two or more VL6180X sensors: https://robojax.com/course1/lecture76
    
      This video is part of Arduino Step by Step Course which starts here: https://youtu.be/-6qSrDUA5a8
    
     
    
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     * This code has been download from Robojax.com
        This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
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     */
    #include <Wire.h>
    #include "Adafruit_VL6180X.h"
    
    Adafruit_VL6180X vl = Adafruit_VL6180X();
    
    void setup() {
      Serial.begin(115200);
    
      // wait for serial port to open on native usb devices
      while (!Serial) {
        delay(1);
      }
      
      Serial.println("Adafruit VL6180x test!");
      if (! vl.begin()) {
        Serial.println("Failed to find sensor");
        while (1);
      }
      Serial.println("Sensor found!");
    }
    
    void loop() {
    
      uint8_t range = vl.readRange();
      uint8_t status = vl.readRangeStatus();
    
      if (status == VL6180X_ERROR_NONE) {
        Serial.print("Range: "); Serial.print(range);
        Serial.println("mm");
      }
    //  if(range <=76)
    //  {
    //    //do something
    //  }
    
      // Some error occurred, print it out!
      
      if  ((status >= VL6180X_ERROR_SYSERR_1) && (status <= VL6180X_ERROR_SYSERR_5)) {
        Serial.println("System error");
      }
      else if (status == VL6180X_ERROR_ECEFAIL) {
        Serial.println("ECE failure");
      }
      else if (status == VL6180X_ERROR_NOCONVERGE) {
        Serial.println("No convergence");
      }
      else if (status == VL6180X_ERROR_RANGEIGNORE) {
        Serial.println("Ignoring range");
      }
      else if (status == VL6180X_ERROR_SNR) {
        Serial.println("Signal/Noise error");
      }
      else if (status == VL6180X_ERROR_RAWUFLOW) {
        Serial.println("Raw reading underflow");
      }
      else if (status == VL6180X_ERROR_RAWOFLOW) {
        Serial.println("Raw reading overflow");
      }
      else if (status == VL6180X_ERROR_RANGEUFLOW) {
        Serial.println("Range reading underflow");
      }
      else if (status == VL6180X_ERROR_RANGEOFLOW) {
        Serial.println("Range reading overflow");
      }
      delay(50);
    }
    
       

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