Cylon and Travis

For this Cylon example, we're going to check on a Travis build every ten seconds, and change the color of a Sphero depending on the result.

Before you run this, make sure you install the following dependencies:

  • travis-ci (npm install travis-ci)
  • cylon-sphero (npm install cylon-sphero)

First of all, let's load up Cylon. We're going to load the version directly from the repo, since we're here already:

var Cylon = require('cylon');

Next, we'll set up Travis. We're going to be using the very useful travis-ci module.

var Travis = require('travis-ci')

Now that we've got our Travis module imported, let's set it up:

var travis = new Travis({version: '2.0.0'});

Now we have a working interface to the Travis-CI API. Let's set up a username and repo to query Travis about later, as long as we're here. Feel free to change these if you want to try with your own repositories.

var user = "hybridgroup",
    name = "cylon";


And with that last bit of setup done, let's start setting up our robot!


We use a connection to tell Cylon what port it can use to communicate with our Sphero, along with what adaptor it should require (cylon-sphero) to connect to it. We give it a name to make it easier to reference later on.

  connections: {
    sphero: { adaptor: 'sphero', port: '/dev/rfcomm0' ;n

Devices are set up in a similar fashion, but allow us to directly issue commands to the sphero. These are added to the robot's namespace directly to make them easy to access.

  devices: {
    sphero: { driver: 'sphero' }

Now that we've told our robot what hardware it has access to, we can start telling it what it should do. The work function passes along one argument, a reference to the robot so we can access it's state and hardware.

  work: function(my) {

We'll define a function to check Travis and change the Sphero's color depending on the state of the last build.

    var checkTravis = function() {

First, it will log that it's checking Travis to the logger:

      console.log("Checking repo " + user + "/" + name);

Let's set the default color of the Sphero to blue until we know what the build status is:

      my.sphero.setColor('blue', true);

Now we'll fetch the Travis build status:

      travis.repos({ owner_name: user, name: name }, function(err, res) {

If we were returned a response containing a repo, we'll check the status of the build and use that to determine what color we should make the Sphero.

        if (res.repo === undefined) { my.sphero.setColor('blue', true); }

        switch (res.repo.last_build_state) {

When the build state is passed, then we'll set the Sphero's color to green:

          case 'passed':
            my.sphero.setColor('green', true);

And if the build has failed, let's set the Sphero's color to red:

          case 'failed':
            my.sphero.setColor('red', true);

Otherwise, we'll just set it to blue:

            else me.sphero.setColor 'blue', true
            my.sphero.setColor('blue', true);

Now that we've got that function defined, let's call it to set the initial color of the Sphero:


And every ten seconds, let's keep checking Travis:

    every((10).seconds(), checkTravis);

And now that we've got our work defined, let's start the robot!