Create a Fake Sensor

Configure a fake sensor to test implementing a sensor component on your machine without any physical hardware:

Navigate to the CONFIGURE tab of your machine’s page in the Viam app. Click the + icon next to your machine part in the left-hand menu and select Component. Select the sensor type, then select the fake model. Enter a name or use the suggested name for your sensor and click Create.

An example configuration for a fake sensor in the Viam app Config Builder. Attributes are left blank.

  "name": "<your-sensor-name>",
  "model": "fake",
  "type": "sensor",
  "namespace": "rdk",
  "attributes": {}

No attributes are available for fake sensors.

Test the sensor

After you configure your sensor, navigate to the CONTROL tab and select the Sensors dropdown panel. If you have multiple sensors configured, your sensor will be listed here among others. To access detailed readings from your sensor, click on the Get Readings button.

The sensor component in the control tab

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