Table of Contents
- Unboxing you Sweep
- Provided Cables and Mounting Screws
- Install USB-Serial Adapter Driver
- Install the SWEEP VISUALIZER software
- Upgrading the Sweep Firmware
- Using the SWEEP VISUALIZER software
NOTE: The Sweep uses a slip-ring component to transfer data between the rotating sensor and the stationary base. This slip-ring is a wear item, with a finite lifespan. It is easily replaceable, but you can extend the functional lifespan of your Sweep device by avoiding unnecessary rotation. When the device is not scanning, simply set the motor speed to 0Hz. This way the device remains powered on but stationary, effectively mitigating wear on the slip-ring. For more information see the manual.
Unboxing your Sweep
When you first remove the packaging cover you will see the Sweep scanner. You can easily remove Sweep by pulling it out of the foam insert. Underneath the foam you will find a small quickstart manual, and finally the provided cables and mounting screws for Sweep at the bottom.
Provided Cables and Mounting Screws
The accessories included with Sweep are shown below. The all black cables and small electronic board compose the serial to USB adapter (shown plugged into the device). The provided black and red cable (bottom-middle) is for connecting Sweep to the Pixhawk V1. The multi-color cable (bottom-right) is the Sweep pigtail connector, meant to allow you to create your own custom cable. Lastly, the four screws (bottom-left) are for mounting Sweep for your particular application. More details on the cable pinouts and mounting dimensions can be found in the user manual here.
Install USB-Serial Adapter Driver
The device uses an included USB serial adapter for communicating over USB. Your computer will require a driver to recognize and interact with the device. On most operating systems (linux, mac, windows 10) the driver installation is handled automatically when the device is connected. Simply plug the device into the computer via the included USB serial adapter, and the driver should install automatically.
** NOTE: Some operating systems, such as windows 7, will require the driver be installed manually. Windows 7 users should follow the instructions outlined here.
** NOTE: On windows operating systems, the default driver settings yield poor performance. It is recommended that you change a few settings for better results. Instructions can be found here.
Install the SWEEP VISUALIZER Software
Sweep is a sensor, intended to be integrated into unique applications which vary by user. Many of these applications involve incorporating Sweep into an original software project. However, Scanse provides a free software application called the SWEEP VISUALIZER to help get you started.
The SWEEP VISUALIZER is a minimal, user-friendly desktop application which simplifies the process of interacting with a Sweep sensor and visualizing data. This SWEEP VISUALIZER is a wonderful starting point for getting to know your Sweep. Keep in mind SWEEP VISUALIZER is still a Beta software release, with frequent patches, updates and features to come.
Download links and installation instructions are provided here.
Upgrade the Sweep Firmware
Devices are always shipped with the latest firmware, but updates are being released frequently. Before you do anything else, you should check that your device is using the latest firmware. Follow this guide to check the installed firmware and update if necessary.
Using the SWEEP VISUALIZER
See the SWEEP VISUALIZER software page (here) for additional info on:
- Instructions for connecting and interacting with a sweep device
- Instructions for viewing data
- An overview of the application settings
- Instructions for recording scan data to a file
- Instructions for using the interaction tools
- Instructions for updating the device firmware