Build a simple smart machine
You can get a smart machine running with Viam in just a few steps.
Viam’s modular system of components and services means that you can start doing interesting things with your machine without writing much or any code.
|1. Create a machine in the Viam app
First, create a Viam account if you haven't already. Log in.
Then create a machine by typing in a name and clicking Add machine.
|2. Install Viam on your machine
All of the software that runs your smart machine is packaged into a binary called
|3. Configure your components
Each physical piece of your smart machine that is controlled by a computer is called a component. For example, if your smart machine includes a Raspberry Pi, a motor, and a camera, each of those is a component.
You need to configure your machine so that
|4. Test your components
When you configure a component, a remote control panel is generated for it in the Control tab of the Viam app. With the panels, you can drive motors at different speeds, view your camera feeds, see sensor readings, and generally test the basic functionality of your machine before you've even written any code.
|5. Configure services
Services are built-in Viam software packages that add high-level functionality to your smart machine like computer vision or motion planning. If you want to use any services, see their documentation for configuration and usage information. If you are making a simple machine that doesn't use services, you can skip this step!
|6. Do more with code
Write a program to control your smart machine using the programming language of your choice. Viam has SDKs for Python, Golang, C++, TypeScript and Flutter.
The easiest way to get started is to copy the auto-generated boilerplate code from your machine's Code sample tab in the Viam app. You can run this code directly on the machine or from a separate computer; it will connect to the machine using API keys.
Wire a DC motor to a board, attach a plate on top, and control the motor to rotate the plate.
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