On Java an Line Sensing.

I don’t know if I’m missing the obvious or not, but I can’t seem to find a way to implement one of those three line sensors within our robot’s program. Anyone tried this out yet?

If the example code they gave us is correct, they’re just 3 digital inputs. You place them next to each other and determine which once have “input”. If it’s showing true, then it you basically assume that the line is under that particular sensor. Using this information, you can determine whether the line is on your left, your right, or if you’re right on it.

However, you might want to wait for someone who’s actually tried them out to give you an expert opinion. I don’t even know what they look like this year because we’ve been busy designing all week.

We got line tracking up and running last night. We didn’t use the line tracker example in Netbeans but our code is similar. You pretty much need to access the three digital inputs with the DigitalInput get() method. Just like the example.

Where is this code?

Its a little tricky. Start a new project and find the “Samples” folder. In this folder you will see a “FRC Java” folder. The line tracking sample is in there.

My team has got our code working. If you guys need help drop us an email.
[email protected]

Here’s my line sensing code:

package com.robototes.abomasnow;

import edu.wpi.first.wpilibj.SimpleRobot;
import edu.wpi.first.wpilibj.Timer;

public class Main extends SimpleRobot {
    Driver robot = new Driver(1,2);
    LineSensorGroup lsg   = new LineSensorGroup(1,2,3);
    final int middle = 2;
    final int left = 1;
    final int right = 3;

    public void autonomous() {
        int last = middle;  //last line sensor value
        while(this.isEnabled() && this.isAutonomous()) {
            if(lsg.getMiddle()) {
                last = middle;
            } if (lsg.getLeft()) {
                last = left;
            } if (lsg.getRight()) {
                last = right;

            if (lsg.allAreOff()) {
                if (last == left) {
                    robot.arcadeDrive(0.4, 0.1);  //Forward and right*/
                } else if (last == middle) {
                    robot.arcadeDrive(0.5, 0);    /* Straight forward */
                } else if (last == right) {
                    robot.arcadeDrive(0.4, -0.1);  /* forward and left */

            if (lsg.allAreOn()) {
                if (last == middle) {

Driver is my own motor group controller, RobotDrive was too heavy for me

If you want some additional help read this.


It talks about labview but it can really be applied to any language. A digital input, which the photoswitch is, returns either a true or false depending up what it is calibrated too. True if its the line, false if it isn’t.