The Hokuyo CHOP is used for communication with Hokuyo laser scanners (serial or ethernet interface): Hokuyo Products
The Hokuyo CHOP will work with all serial or ethernet Hokuyo laser scanners, though the only laser scanners tested in-house are the URG-04LX-UG01 (Serial) and the UST-10LX (Ethernet).
All of a computer's available serial ports can be found in the Device Manager under the Windows operating system. Their names begin with 'COM'. Example: COM1, COM2, COM3, etc.
The Hokuyo CHOP outputs the measurement data from the laser scan in meters, either in Polar or Cartesian Coordinates. The laser scan is done counter clockwise over N degrees (defined by the device, eg. URG-04LX-UG01 is 240 degrees, UST-10LX is 270 degrees) and returns the distance to the first object hit by the laser at that point.
The Hokuyo laser scanners have an angular resolution that specifies the number of data points returned from a full scan. For the URG-04LX-UG01 there is a data point every ~0.3515 degrees, so over a 240 degree scan there is a total of 682 data points. For the UST-10LX there is a data point every 0.25 degrees, so over a 270 degree scan there is a total of 1080 data points. The Hokuyo laser scanners also have a start and end step that define a total detection range.
The UST-10LX has the same measurement parameters as the UTM-30LX in the chart below. The UST-20LX ethernet model will also work like the UST-10LX.
For a visualization of the scan and a table of device specific numbers, see the image below:
Parameters - Connect Page
active - This enables the connection to the Hokuyo sensor.
interface - ⊞ - Select the device interface.
serial- Enables serial communication, and the Serial Port parameter.
ethernet- Enables ethernet communication, and the Network Address parameter.
port - Selects the COM port that the serial connection will use. Default port names 1 through 8 are available in the popup menu, though any name can be manually entered in this field.
netaddress - The network address of the laser scanner to connect to. The default address of a UST-10LX device is 192.168.0.10.
highsensitivity - This check box enables the high sensitivity mode on the sensor. High Sensitivity mode increases the detection ability of the laser scanner, but with a higher chance of measurement error. Only available on serial devices.
motorspeed - Modifies the motor speed of the laser scanner. This should be used when running multiple laser scanners in the same environment. Different motor speeds across multiple laser scanners will avoid light interference between them. Only available on serial devices.
startstep - Specifies the first data point of the laser scan. Start step must be a number between first and last measurement point, and must be less than or equal to the end step parameter. Refer to the above table to get device specific first/last measurement points. This parameter defaults to 0, the start step of the UST-10LX and other ethernet lasers. For the URG-04LX-UG01 and other similar devices the start step must be 44 or greater.
endstep - Specifies the last data point of the laser scan. End step must be a number between first and last measurement point, and must be greater than or equal to the start step parameter. Refer to the above table to get device specific first/last measurement points. This parameter defaults to 1080, the end step of the UST-10LX and other ethernet lasers. For the URG-04LX-UG01 and other similar devices the end step must be 725 or fewer.
output - ⊞ - Outputs the scan data in either Polar or Cartesian coordinates.
- Polar Coordinates
polarcoords- Outputs the distance to the first object hit at each specific scan angle, in degrees.
- Cartesian Coordinates
cartesiancoords- Outputs x, y coordinates of each detected object from the counter clockwise scan, with the center of the device as the origin.
Parameters - Common Page
timeslice - Turning this on forces the channels to be "Time Sliced". A Time Slice is the time between the last cook frame and the current cook frame.
scope - To determine which channels get affected, some CHOPs use a Scope string on the Common page.
Sample Rate Match
srselect - ⊞ - Handle cases where multiple input CHOPs' sample rates are different. When Resampling occurs, the curves are interpolated according to the Interpolation Method Option, or "Linear" if the Interpolate Options are not available.
- Resample At First Input's Rate
first- Use rate of first input to resample others.
- Resample At Maximum Rate
max- Resample to the highest sample rate.
- Resample At Minimum Rate
min- Resample to the lowest sample rate.
- Error If Rates Differ
err- Doesn't accept conflicting sample rates.
exportmethod - ⊞ - This will determine how to connect the CHOP channel to the parameter. Refer to the Export article for more information.
- DAT Table by Index
datindex- Uses the docked DAT table and references the channel via the index of the channel in the CHOP.
- DAT Table by Name
datname- Uses the docked DAT table and references the channel via the name of the channel in the CHOP.
- Channel Name is Path:Parameter
autoname- The channel is the full destination of where to export to, such has
autoexportroot - This path points to the root node where all of the paths that exporting by Channel Name is Path:Parameter are relative to.
exporttable - The DAT used to hold the export information when using the DAT Table Export Methods (See above).
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A Time Slice is the time from the last cook frame to the current cook frame. In CHOPs it is the set of short channels that only contain the CHOP channels' samples between the last and the current cook frame.
A parameter in most CHOPs that restricts which channels of that CHOP will be affected. Normally all channels of a CHOP are affected by the operator.
samples-per-second of a CHOP. Each CHOP in your network has a sample rate, whether it is used or not. The overall timeline has a "frame rate", which is the number of animation frames per second, generally your monitor display frequency.
Exporting is the connection of CHOP channels to parameters of operators. The output of each exporting CHOP is one or more channels, active only while the CHOP Viewer is on. The current value of a channel can be exported to a parameter of any operator, overriding that parameter's value. See Parameter.
Parameters in TouchDesigner are an operator's settings (numbers, menus, flags, strings, paths) which the user can alter. Parameters for any operator can be opened by right-clicking on the operator and selecting "Parameters..." A currently selected operator's parameters can be viewed in a Network Editor by pressing the keyboard shortcut 'p'.