C/C++ - Motorized Linear Poti Bricklet

This is the description of the C/C++ API bindings for the Motorized Linear Poti Bricklet. General information and technical specifications for the Motorized Linear Poti Bricklet are summarized in its hardware description.

An installation guide for the C/C++ API bindings is part of their general description.

Examples

The example code below is Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

Simple

Download (example_simple.c)

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#include <stdio.h>

#include "ip_connection.h"
#include "bricklet_motorized_linear_poti.h"

#define HOST "localhost"
#define PORT 4223
#define UID "XYZ" // Change XYZ to the UID of your Motorized Linear Poti Bricklet

int main(void) {
    // Create IP connection
    IPConnection ipcon;
    ipcon_create(&ipcon);

    // Create device object
    MotorizedLinearPoti mlp;
    motorized_linear_poti_create(&mlp, UID, &ipcon);

    // Connect to brickd
    if(ipcon_connect(&ipcon, HOST, PORT) < 0) {
        fprintf(stderr, "Could not connect\n");
        return 1;
    }
    // Don't use device before ipcon is connected

    // Get current position
    uint16_t position;
    if(motorized_linear_poti_get_position(&mlp, &position) < 0) {
        fprintf(stderr, "Could not get position, probably timeout\n");
        return 1;
    }

    printf("Position: %u\n", position); // Range: 0 to 100

    printf("Press key to exit\n");
    getchar();
    motorized_linear_poti_destroy(&mlp);
    ipcon_destroy(&ipcon); // Calls ipcon_disconnect internally
    return 0;
}

Callback

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#include <stdio.h>

#include "ip_connection.h"
#include "bricklet_motorized_linear_poti.h"

#define HOST "localhost"
#define PORT 4223
#define UID "XYZ" // Change XYZ to the UID of your Motorized Linear Poti Bricklet

// Callback function for position callback
void cb_position(uint16_t position, void *user_data) {
    (void)user_data; // avoid unused parameter warning

    printf("Position: %u\n", position); // Range: 0 to 100
}

int main(void) {
    // Create IP connection
    IPConnection ipcon;
    ipcon_create(&ipcon);

    // Create device object
    MotorizedLinearPoti mlp;
    motorized_linear_poti_create(&mlp, UID, &ipcon);

    // Connect to brickd
    if(ipcon_connect(&ipcon, HOST, PORT) < 0) {
        fprintf(stderr, "Could not connect\n");
        return 1;
    }
    // Don't use device before ipcon is connected

    // Register position callback to function cb_position
    motorized_linear_poti_register_callback(&mlp,
                                            MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_CALLBACK_POSITION,
                                            (void *)cb_position,
                                            NULL);

    // Set period for position callback to 0.05s (50ms) without a threshold
    motorized_linear_poti_set_position_callback_configuration(&mlp, 50, false, 'x', 0, 0);

    printf("Press key to exit\n");
    getchar();
    motorized_linear_poti_destroy(&mlp);
    ipcon_destroy(&ipcon); // Calls ipcon_disconnect internally
    return 0;
}

Motor

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#include <stdio.h>

#include "ip_connection.h"
#include "bricklet_motorized_linear_poti.h"

#define HOST "localhost"
#define PORT 4223
#define UID "XYZ" // Change XYZ to the UID of your Motorized Linear Poti Bricklet

// Callback function for position reached callback
void cb_position_reached(uint16_t position, void *user_data) {
    (void)user_data; // avoid unused parameter warning

    printf("Position: %u\n", position); // Range: 0 to 100
}

int main(void) {
    // Create IP connection
    IPConnection ipcon;
    ipcon_create(&ipcon);

    // Create device object
    MotorizedLinearPoti mlp;
    motorized_linear_poti_create(&mlp, UID, &ipcon);

    // Connect to brickd
    if(ipcon_connect(&ipcon, HOST, PORT) < 0) {
        fprintf(stderr, "Could not connect\n");
        return 1;
    }
    // Don't use device before ipcon is connected

    // Register position reached callback to function cb_position_reached
    motorized_linear_poti_register_callback(&mlp,
                                            MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_CALLBACK_POSITION_REACHED,
                                            (void *)cb_position_reached,
                                            NULL);

    // Move slider smooth to the middle
    motorized_linear_poti_set_motor_position(&mlp, 50,
                                             MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_DRIVE_MODE_SMOOTH,
                                             false);

    printf("Press key to exit\n");
    getchar();
    motorized_linear_poti_destroy(&mlp);
    ipcon_destroy(&ipcon); // Calls ipcon_disconnect internally
    return 0;
}

API

Every function of the C/C++ bindings returns an integer which describes an error code. Data returned from the device, when a getter is called, is handled via call by reference. These parameters are labeled with the ret_ prefix.

Possible error codes are:

  • E_OK = 0
  • E_TIMEOUT = -1
  • E_NO_STREAM_SOCKET = -2
  • E_HOSTNAME_INVALID = -3
  • E_NO_CONNECT = -4
  • E_NO_THREAD = -5
  • E_NOT_ADDED = -6 (unused since bindings version 2.0.0)
  • E_ALREADY_CONNECTED = -7
  • E_NOT_CONNECTED = -8
  • E_INVALID_PARAMETER = -9
  • E_NOT_SUPPORTED = -10
  • E_UNKNOWN_ERROR_CODE = -11
  • E_STREAM_OUT_OF_SYNC = -12

as defined in ip_connection.h.

All functions listed below are thread-safe.

Basic Functions

void motorized_linear_poti_create(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, const char *uid, IPConnection *ipcon)

Creates the device object motorized_linear_poti with the unique device ID uid and adds it to the IPConnection ipcon:

MotorizedLinearPoti motorized_linear_poti;
motorized_linear_poti_create(&motorized_linear_poti, "YOUR_DEVICE_UID", &ipcon);

This device object can be used after the IP connection has been connected (see examples above).

void motorized_linear_poti_destroy(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti)

Removes the device object motorized_linear_poti from its IPConnection and destroys it. The device object cannot be used anymore afterwards.

int motorized_linear_poti_get_position(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint16_t *ret_position)

Returns the position of the linear potentiometer. The value is between 0 (slider down) and 100 (slider up).

If you want to get the value periodically, it is recommended to use the MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_CALLBACK_POSITION callback. You can set the callback configuration with motorized_linear_poti_set_position_callback_configuration().

int motorized_linear_poti_set_motor_position(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint16_t position, uint8_t drive_mode, bool hold_position)

Sets the position of the potentiometer. The motorized potentiometer will immediately start to approach the position. Depending on the chosen drive mode, the position will either be reached as fast as possible or in a slow but smooth motion.

The position has to be between 0 (slider down) and 100 (slider up).

If you set the hold position parameter to true, the position will automatically be retained. If a user changes the position of the potentiometer, it will automatically drive back to the original set point.

If the hold position parameter is set to false, the potentiometer can be changed again by the user as soon as the set point was reached once.

The following defines are available for this function:

  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_DRIVE_MODE_FAST = 0
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_DRIVE_MODE_SMOOTH = 1
int motorized_linear_poti_get_motor_position(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint16_t *ret_position, uint8_t *ret_drive_mode, bool *ret_hold_position, bool *ret_position_reached)

Returns the last motor position as set by motorized_linear_poti_set_motor_position(). This is not the current position (use motorized_linear_poti_get_position() to get the current position). This is the last used set point and configuration.

The position reached parameter is true if the position has been reached at one point. The position may have been changed again in the meantime by the user.

The following defines are available for this function:

  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_DRIVE_MODE_FAST = 0
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_DRIVE_MODE_SMOOTH = 1

Advanced Functions

int motorized_linear_poti_calibrate(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti)

Starts a calibration procedure. The potentiometer will be driven to the extreme points to calibrate the potentiometer.

The calibration is saved in flash, it does not have to be called on every start up.

The Motorized Linear Poti Bricklet is already factory-calibrated during testing at Tinkerforge.

int motorized_linear_poti_get_api_version(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint8_t ret_api_version[3])

Returns the version of the API definition (major, minor, revision) implemented by this API bindings. This is neither the release version of this API bindings nor does it tell you anything about the represented Brick or Bricklet.

int motorized_linear_poti_get_response_expected(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint8_t function_id, bool *ret_response_expected)

Returns the response expected flag for the function specified by the function ID parameter. It is true if the function is expected to send a response, false otherwise.

For getter functions this is enabled by default and cannot be disabled, because those functions will always send a response. For callback configuration functions it is enabled by default too, but can be disabled by motorized_linear_poti_set_response_expected(). For setter functions it is disabled by default and can be enabled.

Enabling the response expected flag for a setter function allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of this setter as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this flag is disabled for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

See motorized_linear_poti_set_response_expected() for the list of function ID defines available for this function.

int motorized_linear_poti_set_response_expected(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint8_t function_id, bool response_expected)

Changes the response expected flag of the function specified by the function ID parameter. This flag can only be changed for setter (default value: false) and callback configuration functions (default value: true). For getter functions it is always enabled.

Enabling the response expected flag for a setter function allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of this setter as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this flag is disabled for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

The following function ID defines are available for this function:

  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_FUNCTION_SET_POSITION_CALLBACK_CONFIGURATION = 2
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_FUNCTION_SET_MOTOR_POSITION = 5
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_FUNCTION_CALIBRATE = 7
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_FUNCTION_SET_POSITION_REACHED_CALLBACK_CONFIGURATION = 8
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_FUNCTION_SET_WRITE_FIRMWARE_POINTER = 237
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_FUNCTION_SET_STATUS_LED_CONFIG = 239
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_FUNCTION_RESET = 243
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_FUNCTION_WRITE_UID = 248
int motorized_linear_poti_set_response_expected_all(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, bool response_expected)

Changes the response expected flag for all setter and callback configuration functions of this device at once.

int motorized_linear_poti_get_spitfp_error_count(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint32_t *ret_error_count_ack_checksum, uint32_t *ret_error_count_message_checksum, uint32_t *ret_error_count_frame, uint32_t *ret_error_count_overflow)

Returns the error count for the communication between Brick and Bricklet.

The errors are divided into

  • ACK checksum errors,
  • message checksum errors,
  • framing errors and
  • overflow errors.

The errors counts are for errors that occur on the Bricklet side. All Bricks have a similar function that returns the errors on the Brick side.

int motorized_linear_poti_set_bootloader_mode(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint8_t mode, uint8_t *ret_status)

Sets the bootloader mode and returns the status after the requested mode change was instigated.

You can change from bootloader mode to firmware mode and vice versa. A change from bootloader mode to firmware mode will only take place if the entry function, device identifier and CRC are present and correct.

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

The following defines are available for this function:

  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_MODE_BOOTLOADER = 0
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE = 1
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_MODE_BOOTLOADER_WAIT_FOR_REBOOT = 2
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE_WAIT_FOR_REBOOT = 3
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE_WAIT_FOR_ERASE_AND_REBOOT = 4
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_STATUS_OK = 0
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_STATUS_INVALID_MODE = 1
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_STATUS_NO_CHANGE = 2
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_STATUS_ENTRY_FUNCTION_NOT_PRESENT = 3
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_STATUS_DEVICE_IDENTIFIER_INCORRECT = 4
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_STATUS_CRC_MISMATCH = 5
int motorized_linear_poti_get_bootloader_mode(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint8_t *ret_mode)

Returns the current bootloader mode, see motorized_linear_poti_set_bootloader_mode().

The following defines are available for this function:

  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_MODE_BOOTLOADER = 0
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE = 1
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_MODE_BOOTLOADER_WAIT_FOR_REBOOT = 2
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE_WAIT_FOR_REBOOT = 3
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE_WAIT_FOR_ERASE_AND_REBOOT = 4
int motorized_linear_poti_set_write_firmware_pointer(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint32_t pointer)

Sets the firmware pointer for motorized_linear_poti_write_firmware(). The pointer has to be increased by chunks of size 64. The data is written to flash every 4 chunks (which equals to one page of size 256).

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

int motorized_linear_poti_write_firmware(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint8_t data[64], uint8_t *ret_status)

Writes 64 Bytes of firmware at the position as written by motorized_linear_poti_set_write_firmware_pointer() before. The firmware is written to flash every 4 chunks.

You can only write firmware in bootloader mode.

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

int motorized_linear_poti_set_status_led_config(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint8_t config)

Sets the status LED configuration. By default the LED shows communication traffic between Brick and Bricklet, it flickers once for every 10 received data packets.

You can also turn the LED permanently on/off or show a heartbeat.

If the Bricklet is in bootloader mode, the LED is will show heartbeat by default.

The following defines are available for this function:

  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_STATUS_LED_CONFIG_OFF = 0
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_STATUS_LED_CONFIG_ON = 1
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_STATUS_LED_CONFIG_SHOW_HEARTBEAT = 2
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_STATUS_LED_CONFIG_SHOW_STATUS = 3
int motorized_linear_poti_get_status_led_config(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint8_t *ret_config)

Returns the configuration as set by motorized_linear_poti_set_status_led_config()

The following defines are available for this function:

  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_STATUS_LED_CONFIG_OFF = 0
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_STATUS_LED_CONFIG_ON = 1
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_STATUS_LED_CONFIG_SHOW_HEARTBEAT = 2
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_STATUS_LED_CONFIG_SHOW_STATUS = 3
int motorized_linear_poti_get_chip_temperature(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, int16_t *ret_temperature)

Returns the temperature in °C as measured inside the microcontroller. The value returned is not the ambient temperature!

The temperature is only proportional to the real temperature and it has bad accuracy. Practically it is only useful as an indicator for temperature changes.

int motorized_linear_poti_reset(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti)

Calling this function will reset the Bricklet. All configurations will be lost.

After a reset you have to create new device objects, calling functions on the existing ones will result in undefined behavior!

int motorized_linear_poti_write_uid(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint32_t uid)

Writes a new UID into flash. If you want to set a new UID you have to decode the Base58 encoded UID string into an integer first.

We recommend that you use Brick Viewer to change the UID.

int motorized_linear_poti_read_uid(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint32_t *ret_uid)

Returns the current UID as an integer. Encode as Base58 to get the usual string version.

int motorized_linear_poti_get_identity(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, char ret_uid[8], char ret_connected_uid[8], char *ret_position, uint8_t ret_hardware_version[3], uint8_t ret_firmware_version[3], uint16_t *ret_device_identifier)

Returns the UID, the UID where the Bricklet is connected to, the position, the hardware and firmware version as well as the device identifier.

The position can be 'a', 'b', 'c' or 'd'.

The device identifier numbers can be found here. There is also a constant for the device identifier of this Bricklet.

Callback Configuration Functions

void motorized_linear_poti_register_callback(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, int16_t callback_id, void *function, void *user_data)

Registers the given function with the given callback_id. The user_data will be passed as the last parameter to the function.

The available callback IDs with corresponding function signatures are listed below.

int motorized_linear_poti_set_position_callback_configuration(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint32_t period, bool value_has_to_change, char option, uint16_t min, uint16_t max)

The period in ms is the period with which the MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_CALLBACK_POSITION callback is triggered periodically. A value of 0 turns the callback off.

If the value has to change-parameter is set to true, the callback is only triggered after the value has changed. If the value didn't change within the period, the callback is triggered immediately on change.

If it is set to false, the callback is continuously triggered with the period, independent of the value.

It is furthermore possible to constrain the callback with thresholds.

The option-parameter together with min/max sets a threshold for the MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_CALLBACK_POSITION callback.

The following options are possible:

Option Description
'x' Threshold is turned off
'o' Threshold is triggered when the value is outside the min and max values
'i' Threshold is triggered when the value is inside or equal to the min and max values
'<' Threshold is triggered when the value is smaller than the min value (max is ignored)
'>' Threshold is triggered when the value is greater than the min value (max is ignored)

If the option is set to 'x' (threshold turned off) the callback is triggered with the fixed period.

The default value is (0, false, 'x', 0, 0).

The following defines are available for this function:

  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_THRESHOLD_OPTION_OFF = 'x'
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_THRESHOLD_OPTION_OUTSIDE = 'o'
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_THRESHOLD_OPTION_INSIDE = 'i'
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_THRESHOLD_OPTION_SMALLER = '<'
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_THRESHOLD_OPTION_GREATER = '>'
int motorized_linear_poti_get_position_callback_configuration(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, uint32_t *ret_period, bool *ret_value_has_to_change, char *ret_option, uint16_t *ret_min, uint16_t *ret_max)

Returns the callback configuration as set by motorized_linear_poti_set_position_callback_configuration().

The following defines are available for this function:

  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_THRESHOLD_OPTION_OFF = 'x'
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_THRESHOLD_OPTION_OUTSIDE = 'o'
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_THRESHOLD_OPTION_INSIDE = 'i'
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_THRESHOLD_OPTION_SMALLER = '<'
  • MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_THRESHOLD_OPTION_GREATER = '>'
int motorized_linear_poti_set_position_reached_callback_configuration(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, bool enabled)

Enables/Disables MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_CALLBACK_POSITION_REACHED callback.

By default the callback is enabled.

int motorized_linear_poti_get_position_reached_callback_configuration(MotorizedLinearPoti *motorized_linear_poti, bool *ret_enabled)

Returns the MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_CALLBACK_POSITION_REACHED callback configuration as set by motorized_linear_poti_set_position_reached_callback_configuration().

Callbacks

Callbacks can be registered to receive time critical or recurring data from the device. The registration is done with the motorized_linear_poti_register_callback() function. The parameters consist of the device object, the callback ID, the callback function and optional user data:

void my_callback(int p, void *user_data) {
    printf("parameter: %d\n", p);
}

motorized_linear_poti_register_callback(&motorized_linear_poti, MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_CALLBACK_EXAMPLE, (void *)my_callback, NULL);

The available constants with corresponding callback function signatures are described below.

Note

Using callbacks for recurring events is always preferred compared to using getters. It will use less USB bandwidth and the latency will be a lot better, since there is no round trip time.

MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_CALLBACK_POSITION
void callback(uint16_t position, void *user_data)

This callback is triggered periodically according to the configuration set by motorized_linear_poti_set_position_callback_configuration().

The parameter is the same as motorized_linear_poti_get_position().

MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_CALLBACK_POSITION_REACHED
void callback(uint16_t position, void *user_data)

This callback is triggered if a new position as set by motorized_linear_poti_set_motor_position() is reached.

The parameter is the current position.

Constants

MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_DEVICE_IDENTIFIER

This constant is used to identify a Motorized Linear Poti Bricklet.

The motorized_linear_poti_get_identity() function and the IPCON_CALLBACK_ENUMERATE callback of the IP Connection have a device_identifier parameter to specify the Brick's or Bricklet's type.

MOTORIZED_LINEAR_POTI_DEVICE_DISPLAY_NAME

This constant represents the human readable name of a Motorized Linear Poti Bricklet.