Cylon.js Fun With The Arduino Yun

by Edgar Silva

We've been working on adding support for the Arduino Yun for a while, and we've finally released it into the wild. If you are not familiar with this member of the Arduino family, it is a Single Board Computer (SBC) that runs Linux, and that also has a built-in microcontroller. The real fun with the Yun comes in putting the Yun's little OpenWRT Linux distro to use, making it run Node.js + Cylon.js, and then communicate with the Arduino side of the board.

It is kind of on the long side of setup processes, as far as setup processes for different Single Board Computers (SBC) go, but thankfully it is not that complex, and where's the fun of hacking if you just need to click the 'continue' button, right?

For projects that require Cylon.js to be run on the board itself, you have been able to use a Raspberry-Pi or a Beaglebone-Black for a while. Now you can also choose to use your Yun to its full extent and run Cylon.js on it as well. Let us not digress any further, we have full platform support and step by step guide here:

Cylon.js: Arduino Yun

These instructions will help you setup the Yun to run Cylon.js and communicate with the Arduino, all on the same board!

Here's a small example of the Hello, World program of robotics, blink_led.js, running on the Linux side of the Arduino Yun using Cylon.js:

var Cylon = require('cylon');

  connections: {
    arduino: { adaptor: 'firmata', port: '/dev/ttyATH0' }

  devices: {
    led: { driver: 'led', pin: 13 }

  work: function(my) {
    every((1).second(), function(){

Happy hacking :-) !

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