FLOWOL – Program the VEX-IQ robot

 

In this example, please connect your claw bot’s wheel motors to port 1 and port 2 of the VEX-IQ robot brain.

Launch FLOWOL v4

Select VEX-IQ as an interface

VEX-IQ-Interface

Connect the brain to the computer via USB cable

Goto the interface menu and select the VEX-COMM port

VEX-IQ-Menu   VEX-IQ-Interface Menu - Connections

Select your download program to be in slot 1VEX-IQ-Interface Menu - Download

Select ‘check mark’ for ‘run after download’ – normally you should unchecked it, but for this example program check it.

VEX-IQ-Interface Menu - Run

Step 1 – set your ports

Click on port 1 and change it to motor 1, and do the same for port 2.VEX-IQ-Port 1-2

Step 2 – to create a test program

Drag and drop a ‘Start/Stop’ symbol from the left column to anywhere in the center programming area.  Click on the symbol to designate it as ‘Start’.

Drag and drop a ‘Output’ symbol from the left column to below the start symbol in the center programming area.  Click on the symbol to designate it ‘Start’.

Click on ‘fd’ for motor 1 and ‘fd’ for motor 2

Motor-Output

Drag and drop a ‘Delay’ symbol from the left column to below the output symbol in the center programming area.  Click on the symbol and set the value to 5.

Drag and drop a ‘Start/Stop’ symbol from the left column to anywhere in the center programming area.  Click on the symbol to designate it as ‘Stop’.

Click on the arrow symbol from the left column and link all the boxes together to create a complete instruction set.

Your program should look like this:

VEX-IQ-Sample Program

Step 3 – Test your program on-screen (without the robot)

To test this program on-screen (with out the robot) – click on the red ‘play’ icon on the lower hand corner.

Make sure to save this program before downloading it to the robot.

Step 4 – Test your program live (with the robot)

To download this program to your VEX-IQ robot

Check to make sure the USB cable is connected and that you have selected the VEX-COMM port at the Interface Menu.

Click ‘click to download’

Click to Download

The file name will be displayed on the robot brian’s screen upon successful download.


Click to Connect – allows you to operate the IQ robot by simply clicking the various ports on the screen.

Click Connect


Warning – this test program will switch on motor 1 and 2 and will most likely spin your robot rather than going straight.

Q) What should you do next to correct the problem?

 

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