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Cylon module for General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO)

Cylon.js For GPIO

Cylon.js ( is a JavaScript framework for robotics, physical computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

This module provides drivers for General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) devices ( It must be used along with an adaptor module such as cylon-firmata ( that supports the needed interfaces for GPIO devices.

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Install the module with: npm install cylon cylon-gpio

Note you must also install whichever adaptor you want to use, such as: npm install cylon-firmata

var Cylon = require('cylon');
// Initialize the robot 
  connections: {
    arduino: { adaptor: 'firmata', port: '/dev/ttyACM0' }
  devices: {
    led: { driver: 'led', pin: 13 },
    button: { driver: 'button', pin: 2 }
  work: function(my) {
    my.button.on('push', my.led.toggle);

Cylon.js has a extensible system for connecting to hardware devices. The following 14 GPIO devices are currently supported:

  • Analog Sensor
  • Button
  • Continuous Servo
  • Direct Pin
  • IR Range Sensor
  • LED
  • Makey Button (high-resistance button like the MakeyMakey)
  • Maxbotix Ultrasonic Range Finder
  • Motor
  • Relay
  • Servo
  • Temperature Sensor
  • TP401 Gas Sensor

More drivers are coming soon...

We're busy adding documentation to our web site at please check there as we continue to work on Cylon.js

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