This article describes remote control for the Velleman K8055 family of USB experiment boards.
Supported Velleman products are:
as well as their (now obsolete) predecessors
(To keep the editing effort as low as possible, all these units are referred to as K8055 throughout the software and this documentation.)
mAirList supports the five digital inputs for triggering of remote commands directly. The digital as well as the analogue outputs can be used via scripting.
Open the standalone config app, or the Control Panel, go to the Remote Control section, and add a new Vellemann K8055(N) remote.
The configuration dialog will look like this:
First, you can set up the device address (corresponds to the jumpers on the board) and the update interval for polling.
Then you can assign a command for each input 1-5, and for the event that the pin goes ON or OFF, respectively.
To access a K8055 remote from a script, use the following function:
function K8055Remote(iIndex: integer): IK8055Remote;
iIndex is the number of the K8055 remote set up in the system, with
0 being the first (and often only) one („zero-based“).
The function will return a reference to a
IK8055Remote interface, which provides amongst others the following methods:
procedure SetDigitalChannel(Channel: integer); procedure ClearDigitalChannel(Channel: integer); procedure ClearAllDigital;
Channel refers to the digital channels, where
1 is the first one („one-based“).
A complete call for switching on (setting) digital channel 3 on the first Velleman unit then should look like this:
The status of the digital inputs can be read by the fucntions
function ReadDigitalChannel(Channel: integer): boolean; function ReadAllDigital: integer;
The former reads the status for each input individually, e. g. for channel 2:
whereas the latter gives a complete survey of all five inputs via the five least significant bits.
A value of 25 corresponds to inputs 1, 4 and 5 being set („on“) and inputs 2 and 3 being cleared „off“).
1 ⋅ 2⁰ + 0 ⋅ 2¹ + 0 ⋅ 2² + 1 ⋅ 2³ + 1 ⋅ 2⁴ = 1 + 0 + 0 + 8 + 16 = 25 ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Bit 1 | Bit 3 | Bit 5 Inp 1 Bit 2 Inp 3 Bit 4 Inp 5 Inp 2 Inp 4
The analogue outputs can be actuated with the following method:
procedure OutputAnalogChannel(Channel, Value: integer);
Channel resembles the number of the analogue output (i. e.
Value is an integer value between
0leads to a voltage of 0V at the analogue or a duty factor of 0% at the PWM output, respectively.
255leads to a voltage of 5V at the analogue or a duty factor of 100% at the PWM output.
<Value> / 255 * 5Vor
<Value> / 255 * 100%, respectively.
Notably the PWM output can be taken advantage of driving an ON-AIR lamp directly, as long as it meets the voltage and current limits of the transistor used in the circuit (BC337 that is, as of fall 2019).