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Hi! A few days ago I joined to find answers on the communication with the elements of the PoweredUp! train control system. Well, I didn't get a reply, and found the solution myself. Yesterday, I made a reverse engineering session and wrote a document listing all the information I could find - hopefully in a concise way. I also added some questions both about the Handset as well as the Smart Hub. Questions I intend to direct at LEGO, too, via the LEGO Ambassador Network. I want to thank Jorge Pereira of the BOOSTreveng project for helpful pointers about the command structure - The old "I could only see that far because I'm standing on the shoulders of giants" definitely applies here. I will continue my work on this document - I'm waiting for the BOOST color sensor to arrive, and want to get my hands on the motor used in the Batmobile - and if someone here has suggestions or additional information, don't hesitate to contact me. PoweredUp! Documentation The next step will be the design of a going-in-between app, which allows me to control my trains with the PUP Handset, but relayed over a computer (maybe a Raspberry Pi) that does things like drive both motors simultaneously, control the lighting, or react to the readings of the color sensor. UPDATE December 16th, 2018: Expanded the documentation with new findings: Battery power readings and conversion factors, blinking and shutdown thresholds. Document is now Version 0.3
This is a new project I just started. As most of my projects it will probably never get completed but will be a good showcase of some ideas for other projects. I usually don't do MOCs, just like to automate things and add some unusual effects. Last two years I've been collecting some monorail parts with the idea of making something monorail-based, with a few 4DBrix parts to control my budget and also to let me control the movement of the train. When LEGO launched the LEGO 75217 Imperial Conveyex Transport I had the idea of using it as a monorail but adding the new Powered Up hub so I can control it with a MINDSTORMS EV3. So this is the first proof of concept: the EV3 pikcs the Conveyex and make it move until an ultrasonic sensor detects it: To connect the monorail motor to the PUp hub I modded a PUp lights cable, soldering an old 9V plug to the power pins (1 and 2) of the cable: This makes the monorail motor be seen as a Light by the Powered Up (and BOOST) hub so it only works with apps that accept Lights but for me it doesn't matter since I intend to use my own bash/python script. But for manual control and my kids pleasure it also works fine with the PUp train handset: Roadmap: - add a micro-motor to the Conveyex to also control the linked chain track - use EV3 motors (or perhaps 4DBrix motors) to control the monorail Y's - sell a kidney to get a few more monorail parts - integrate the monorail circuit in a Star Wars diorama, with the help of a PLUG mate that is an expert in Star Wars universe The MINDSTORMS EV3 is running ev3dev (linux). This allows me to use a Bluetooth USB dongle to talk BLE with the Powered Up hub. And will also allow me to use some gadgets like NFC sensors to detect the train position or IRLink to control some Power Functions automations (like the AT-ST head). Questions and suggestions are welcome.