Application Examples

Application Information

The REV Robotics Color Sensor has two sensing elements, proximity and color.

Proximity measurements are based on IR reflectance and can vary depending on lighting conditions and target reflectivity.

Color measurements consist of Red, Green, Blue, and Alpha (clear) values. The white LED on the sensor has a slide switch to turn the LED on or off. Unlit targets are best illuminated with the build-in LED while bright or light-emitting targets may not require the build-in LED. Color data is best collected within 2cm of the target for the strongest color differentiation.

FTC Application

Configuring for the Control System

When working with the Color Sensor V1 configure your robot to use the "REV Color/Range Sensor" as shown in the image below.

In this example, the Color Sensor V1 is configured on I2C bus 2. The Color Sensor V1 can be configured on any of the I2C busses.

Recall that I2C sensors must have different addresses in order to operate on the same bus.

Programming Example

This program shows the values from the Color Sensor on your phone. Your team will need to figure out the logic to use this information in your program. Below there are three examples of different color modes and their readings. Light Detected mode will read the amount of light on the sensor from 0-1.0. Because the sensor is close to a surface, the LED in the sensor reads 1.0 in the examples.

OnBot Java
OnBot Java

The code assumes that the Color Sensor was configured with the name “Color.”

package org.firstinspires.ftc.teamcode;
import com.qualcomm.robotcore.eventloop.opmode.LinearOpMode;
import com.qualcomm.robotcore.hardware.ColorSensor;
import com.qualcomm.robotcore.eventloop.opmode.TeleOp;
public class TestColorSensor extends LinearOpMode {
// Define a variable for our color sensor
ColorSensor color;
public void runOpMode() {
// Get the color sensor from hardwareMap
color = hardwareMap.get(ColorSensor.class, "Color");
// Wait for the Play button to be pressed
// While the Op Mode is running, update the telemetry values.
while (opModeIsActive()) {

Additional Resources

Additional information about the TMD37821, its capabilities, and its features can be found in the following datasheet: