The DCP Sensor adapter for LEGO.The DCP sensor adapter adapter for LEGO RCX allows standard LogIT Microsense sensors to be used with LEGO RCX and RoboLab version 2 extending sensing possibilities and allowing RCX to be used as a data logger as well as a controller. You can download a leaflet from link below.
Another version of the sensor adapter will also be available for the LEGO NXT arriving very soon!!
Which Microsense sensors can I use?These are the current Microsense sensors which are supported in RoboLab 2.5 and above:
|Microsense sensor||Range||Part number|
|ProTemp temperature||-30 to +130ºC||D100047|
|Standard pH amplifier||0-14||D100056|
|Adjustable pH amplifier||0-14||D100086|
|Redox & Ion selective electrode Adapter||+/- 1200mV||D100082|
|HumiPro Humidity||1-100% RH||D100077|
|Barometric Air pressure||800-1100mb||D100041|
|Voltage Probe set||-24 to +24Vdc||D100045|
|Current Probe set||-1A to +1A dc||D100068|
|Accelerometer||-50 to +50 m/s/s||D100042|
|LUX light sensor||0 to 50,000 LUX||D100073|
|Designer set for own sensors||Switch 0/1 & 0 - 2.5Vdc||D100058|
Where can I get the sensor adapter and sensors?The sensor adapter and RoboLab 2 are exclusively available from your LEGO Dacta dealer (see www.lego.com/dacta) and the DCP Microsense sensors are available from some Dacta dealers or from DCP LogIT datalogging system distributors world-wide - see here for contact details.
Please note that DCP Sensors are only supported in version 2 onwards of Robolab.
Be sure to download the latest sensor updates files of RoboLab 2 from the Dacta web site as there are enhanced sensor updates since the release of RoboLab 2.0
How does it work?The adapter is far from just a LEGO 4 stud connector wired straight into a DIN socket! Although it looks very simple, the DIN socket of the adapter actually contains many micro-components (including 2 amplifiers, a voltage regulator, 6 diodes, resistors etc!) mounted on both sides of a miniature circuit board. This micro circuitry regulates power from the RCX into a voltage suitable for the DCP Microsense sensors and also converts the output from the sensor into a signal suitable for the the RCX - all of this down just 2 wires! We made it small in order for it to fit right into the sensor socket so that the overall system remains compact and sensors can be hand held or used in a stand etc.
LEGO, DACTA, ROBOLAB
and RCX are Trademarks of the LEGO Group
LogIT and Microsense are Trademarks of DCP Microdevelopments Ltd
LogIT is a joint development between DCP Microdevelopments Ltd & SCC Research