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Connecting Electronics to Hummingbird Duo

Watch the following video to learn how to connect all of the kit electronics to the Hummingbird Duo, jump below the video for a guide, or click the "Get the Comic" button to get the instructions in comic form.

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Hummingbird Duo has easy-to-use terminal blocks allowing you to connect wires without solder or crimping. Just press, insert wire, and release.

General Instructions

  1. Push down and hold the tab of the terminal  with the terminal tool.
  2. Insert the metal part of the wire at roughly a 45 degree angle.
  3. Release the tab and tug the wire to make sure it is secure.

Component Specific Instructions

Motors

Servo

The Hummingbird Duo has four servo ports. Servos do not use the push-in ports - instead, they're attached using a simple three pin connector. The connector should be placed such that the yellow wire matches with the pin labeled 'S' and 'Y', the red wire with the pin marked '+' and 'R', and the black wire with the pin marked '-' and 'B'.

Motor

An electric motor with speed control and the ability to rotate clockwise or counter clockwise.  Two motors can connect to the Duo. To connect a motor to the Duo, simply connect one of the two orange wires to the '+' terminal and the other to the '-' terminal. The motor will work regardless of which wire is connected to '+' and which to '-'. Switching the wires will result in the motor spinning in the opposite direction (note that the software lets you spin motors in both directions, so this is not likely to matter).

Vibration Motor

A vibration motor is a small motor that causes a shaking motion. You may control the intensity of the movement. Two vibration motors can be connected at a time. The vibration motor has yellow wire connections with one being '+' and one being '-'.  The vibration motor will work regardless of which wire is connected to '+' and which to '-'. 

LED Lights

Single Color LED

Single color LED lights are a light source with controllable brightness. The Duo comes with red, orange, yellow, and green single color lights. Up to four single color lights can be connected to the Duo. The red, orange, yellow, or green wire indicates the color of the LED and is connected to the '+' terminal, and the black wire is connected to the '-' terminal. Connect wires to the four right-most green terminals.

 

Tri-color LED

Tri-color LED lights are a red-green-blue (RGB) light source capable of producing a variety of light colors. Two tri-color LED lights can be connected at a time and each has four wire connections: insert the black wire into the terminal labeled '-', the red wire into the 'R' terminal, the green wire into the 'G' terminal, and the blue wire into the 'B' terminal.

Sensors

There are four sensors that can be connected to Hummingbird Duo. All sensors connect the same way into the blue terminal ports on the controller: the yellow wire connects to a sensor port's 'S' terminal, the red wire to the '+' terminal, and the black wire to the '-' terminal.

Connecting Electronics to the original Hummingbird Controller

Watch the following video to learn how to connect all of the kit electronics to the original Hummingbird, or jump below the video for a guide.

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Connecting Motors, LEDs, and Sensors to the Hummingbird Controller

Connecting kit components to Hummingbird is a snap thanks to Hummingbird's easy to use push-in terminal blocks. These blocks allow you to insert bare wire directly into terminals without the need to solder or crimp on specialty connectors.


General Instructions

To connect a wire to the Hummingbird controller:

  1. Using the screwdriver included with the kit, push down on the tab of terminal you'd like to connect a wire to.
  2. Continue pushing down on the tab while you push the wire into the terminal's hole. The wire should be inserted at a roughly 45 degree angle.
  3. Once the wire has been pushed into the terminal, remove the screwdriver.
  4. Give the wire a light tug to ensure that it is secure.

The wires used by the components are braided and can fray with use. To prevent fraying, take the bare wire and lightly twist it.


Part-specific Instructions



Single Color LEDs

There are four single color LED ports on the Hummingbird, each with a + and a - terminal. To connect an LED to a port, insert the LED's black wire into the terminal labeled '-', and the non-black wire into the terminal labeled '+'.

Tri Color LEDs

There are two tri-color led ports on the Hummingbird. To connect a tri-color LED, insert the black wire into the terminal labeled '-', the red wire into the 'R' terminal, the green wire into the 'G' terminal, and the blue wire into the 'B' terminal.

Vibration Motors

There are two vibration motor ports on the Hummingbird. To connect a vibration motor to the Hummingbird, simply connect one of the two yellow wires into the '+' terminal and the other into the '-' terminal. It does not matter which wire is connected to which terminal, so long as both wires are connected to the same port.

Motors

There are two motor ports on the Hummingbird. To connect a motor to the Hummingbird, simply connect one of the two yellow wires into the '+' terminal and the other into the '-' terminal. The motor will work regardless of which wire is connected to '+' and which to '-'. Switching the wires will result in the motor spinning in the opposite direction (note that the software lets you spin motors in both directions, so this is not likely to matter).

Servos

The Hummingbird has four servo ports. Servos do not use the push-in ports - instead, they're attached using a simple three pin connector. The connector should be placed such that the yellow wire matches with the pin labeled 'S' and 'Y', the red wire with the pin marked '+' and 'R', and the black wire with the pin marked '-' and 'B'.

Sensors

Hummingbird has four sensor ports. All Hummingbird sensors have three wires color coded by function: a yellow signal wire, a red power wire, and a black ground wire. The yellow wire connects to a sensor port's 'S' terminal, the red wire to the '+' terminal, and the black wire to the '-' terminal.