Lesson 3, Robonomics IO in practice


SDS011 check (optional)

If you have connected SDS011 sensor then please check that it presented in /dev and have correct access rights.

Quick start

When docker is installed let's launch robonomics docker image from Official repository. I'll use winter-school tag during this lesson.

When docker image is ready let's try to read a data using robonomics io command (optiona if you have SDS011 device).

If you have no SDS011 sensor then feel free to use virtual SDS011 sensor available in the same docker container via vsds011.sh. And everywhere in following command please use it as transparent replacement for physical sensor.

The Robonomics IO subsystem have two kind of commands:

  • read - get data from device that support read access;
  • write - write data into device that support write access.

Some devices support them both, in that case devices presented in both command arguments.

For example, virtual device ipfs supports read data from IPFS by hash as same as write data into IPFS.

Full list of supported devices is possible to get running robonomics io read or robonomics io write without arguments.

IPFS access

On next step runned IPFS daemon is required. For this purpose let's run init IPFS and run daemon on dedicated terminal tab.

When daemon launched is possible to connect docker image in separate tab and use robonomics io for writing and reading a data.

The output forwarding is also works here, that means it's possible to forward SDS011 sensor data into IPFS using | (pipe) symbol in console. Let's try to do it.

Where JSON data from SDS011 forwarded as input for IPFS writer and result is published on stdout.

This approach permits engineer extrimely quickly make a simple program just combine a primitive readers and writers from robonomics io tools.

robonomics io read sds011 | gz | robonomics io write pubsub my-sensor-data

Robonomics Datalog

The target of Robonomics Datalog is data blockchainization. This pallet provides function to store custom data on blockchain to make it immutable, impossible to change in future.

For the final part of this lesson runned robonomics node is required. Development mode is preffered because of quick block time and already distributed balances on preset accounts. Let's launch it on separate terminal tab in the same container.

Then private seed also required as argument for datalog device. This seed is used to sign transaction and presents account as a sender. Let's generate it using embedded robonomics key command.

Save generated address and seed on safe place for use it later.

Currently address balance is zero and the network don't permits to send transactions from this address. To fix it let's transfer a bit of tokens from Alice account. I'll use Robonomics Portal on https://parachain.robonomics.network connected to local node with address ws://

portal transfer

And then datalog device could be used for saving any data on blockchain. The key -s is used to set secret seed of account. Account should have non-zero balance to send transactions.

If every thing is correct the you should see Datalog event on Explorer page of Robonomics portal.

portal datalog

The final step is a bit complex but it's good to try use all knowledge of this lesson. Let's make a simple program that collects data from SDS011 sensor (or file), pack it into IPFS and then send datalog transaction to save hash on blockchain.

SDS011 -> IPFS -> Blockchain

It's easy to implement using Robonomics IO, let's do that.

If everything well the Datalog event with IPFS hash should be presented.

portal datalog complex

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