BakeBit - Ultrasonic Ranger

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1 Introduction

Ultrasonic Ranger
  • The BakeBit - Ultrasonic Ranger is an ultrasonic module.The module's sensor emits a sound wave whose wave length is around 6mm and frequency is 40K Hz, which bounces off a reflective surface and returns to the sensor. Then, using the amount of time it takes for the wave to return to the sensor, the distance to the object can be computed.The receiver converts ultrasound waves to electrical signals in mV.
  • The master sends a signal to the module starting to emit a sound wave. After the module receives the returned signal it will will generate a high level indicating the elapsed time and the distance will be calculated by distance = (elapsed time * speed of sound)/2.

2 Hardware Spec

  • Standard 2.0mm pitch 4-Pin BakeBit Interface
  • Range: 5cm - 300cm
  • Accuracy: 1cm
  • PCB dimension(mm): 24 x 42

BakeBit - Ultrasonic_Top BakeBit - Ultrasonic_Bottom

  • Pin Desription:
Pin Description
GND Ground
5V 5V Supply Voltage
NC Not Connected
SIG Signal

3 Code Sample:Ultrasonic Sensor with LED

This code sample shows how to use the ultrasonic sensor module to measure a distance. When the module detects an object in front of itself the LED will be turned on.

3.1 Hardware Setup

Connect the LED module to the NanoHat Hub's D3 and the ultrasonic sensor module to the NanoHat Hub's D4:

Ultrasonic Sensor with LED-1.jpg Ultrasonic Sensor with LED-2.jpg

3.2 Source Code

import bakebit
import time
# Connect the BakeBit Ultrasonic Ranger to digital port D4
ultrasonic_ranger = 4
# Connect the BakeBit LED to digital port D3
led = 3                                                                      
light = 0
while True:
        # Read distance value from Ultrasonic
	distance = bakebit.ultrasonicRead(ultrasonic_ranger)
	if distance > 0:
		if distance<10: 
			if light == 0:
				light = 1
			if light == 1:
				light = 0
    except KeyboardInterrupt:
    except TypeError:
        print ("Error")
    except IOError:
        print ("Error")


3.3 Run Code Sample

Before you run the code sample you need to follow the steps in bakebit tutorial to install the BakeBit package.
Enter the "BakeBit/Software/Python" directory and run the "" program:

cd ~/BakeBit/Software/Python
sudo python

3.4 Observation

When an object is in front of the sensor module within 10 cm the LED will be turned on otherwise the LED will be off.

4 Resources

5 Update Log

5.1 December-15-2016

  • Released English version

5.2 Jan-19-2017

  • Renamed "NEO-Hub" to "NanoHat-Hub"

5.3 Jan-20-2017

  • Renamed "NanoHat-Hub" to "NanoHat Hub"