spark-io

Spark Core IO Plugin for Johnny-Five

Spark-io

Spark-io is a Firmata-compatibility IO class for writing node programs that interact with Spark devices. Spark-io was built at Bocoup

In order to use the spark-io library, you will need to load the special voodoospark firmware onto your device. We recommend you review VoodooSpark's Getting Started before continuing.

We also recommend storing your Spark token and device ID in a dot file so they can be accessed as properties of process.env. Create a file in your home directory called .sparkrc that contains:

export SPARK_TOKEN="your spark token"
export SPARK_DEVICE_ID="your device id"

Then add the following to your dot-rc file of choice:

source ~/.sparkrc

Ensure your host computer (where you're running your Node.js application) and the Spark are on the same local network.

The "Hello World" of microcontroller programming:

var Spark = require("spark-io");
var board = new Spark({
  token: process.env.SPARK_TOKEN,
  deviceId: process.env.SPARK_DEVICE_ID
});
 
board.on("ready", function() {
  console.log("CONNECTED");
  this.pinMode("D7", this.MODES.OUTPUT);
 
  var byte = 0;
 
  // This will "blink" the on board led 
  setInterval(function() {
    this.digitalWrite("D7", (byte ^= 1));
  }.bind(this), 500);
});

Spark-IO can be used as an IO Plugin for Johnny-Five:

var five = require("johnny-five");
var Spark = require("spark-io");
var board = new five.Board({
  io: new Spark({
    token: process.env.SPARK_TOKEN,
    deviceId: process.env.SPARK_DEVICE_ID
  })
});
 
board.on("ready", function() {
  var led = new five.Led("D7");
  led.blink();
});

MODES

The MODES property is available as a Spark instance property:

var board = new Spark(...);
board.MODES;
  • INPUT: 0
  • OUTPUT: 1
  • ANALOG: 2
  • PWM: 3
  • SERVO: 4

pinMode(pin, MODE)

Set a pin's mode to any one of the MODES. PWM is supported on A0, A1, A4, A5, A6, A7, D0 and D1.

Example:

var board = new Spark(...);
 
board.on("ready", function() {
 
  // Set digital pin 7 to OUTPUT: 
  this.pinMode("D7", this.MODES.OUTPUT);
 
  // or just use the integer: 
  this.pinMode("D7", 1);
 
});

digitalWrite(pin, value)

Sets the pin to 1 or 0, which either connects it to 3.3V (the maximum voltage of the system) or to GND (ground).

Example:

var board = new Spark(...);
 
board.on("ready", function() {
 
  // This will turn ON the on-board LED 
  this.digitalWrite("D7", 1);
 
  // OR... 
 
  // This will turn OFF the on-board LED 
  this.digitalWrite("D7", 0);
 
});

analogWrite(pin, value)

Sets the pin to an 8-bit value between 0 and 255, where 0 is the same as LOW and 255 is the same as HIGH. This is sort of like sending a voltage between 0 and 3.3V, but since this is a digital system, it uses a mechanism called Pulse Width Modulation, or PWM. You could use analogWrite to dim an LED, as an example. PWM is available on D0, D1, A0, A1, A4, A5, A6 and A7.

Example:

var board = new Spark(...);
 
board.on("ready", function() {
 
  // Set an LED to full brightness 
  this.analogWrite("A7", 255);
 
  // OR... 
 
  // Set an LED to half brightness 
  this.analogWrite("A7", 128);
 
});

servoWrite(pin, value)

Sets the pin to a value between 0 and 180, where the value represents degrees of the servo horn. The value is converted to a PWM signal. PWM is available on D0, D1, A0, A1, A4, A5, A6 and A7.

Example:

var board = new Spark(...);
 
board.on("ready", function() {
 
  // Move a servo to 90 degrees 
  this.servoWrite("D0", 90);
 
});

digitalRead(pin, handler) Setup a continuous read handler for specific digital pin (D0-D7).

This will read the digital value of a pin, which can be read as either HIGH or LOW. If you were to connect the pin to a 3.3V source, it would read HIGH (1); if you connect it to GND, it would read LOW (0).

Example:

var board = new Spark(...);
 
board.on("ready", function() {
 
  // Log all the readings for D1 
  this.digitalRead("D1", function(data) {
    console.log(data);
  });
 
});

analogRead(pin, handler) Setup a continuous read handler for specific analog pin (A0-A7). Use with all analog sensors

Example:

var board = new Spark(...);
 
board.on("ready", function() {
 
  // Log all the readings for A1 
  this.analogRead("A1", function(data) {
    console.log(data);
  });
 
});

See LICENSE file.