Masterclass Lesson 2: Inputs and Outputs
Wired MasterClass Lesson 2
Welcome to the Wired MasterClass lesson 2! If you haven't already read up on the basics, make sure you check out the first MasterClass Lesson before diving in!
In this lesson we're going to cover:
- Inputs and Outputs
- How to use Wire mode to debug and understand your circuit
Inputs and Outputs
To fully understand Wired Furniture, you need to master the very basics of how they work. Every type of Wired Furniture has at least one input or output...Buuuuut, many of them ALSO have multiple inputs and outputs which allow you to create more complex circuits. Inputs are where a signal will be received to trigger a specific action of the furniture. Outputs are where a signal will be sent once a specific action or condition has been achieved.
With these Wired MasterClasses, we want to explain as much as possible. While you wait for more, you can still get help by selecting the Question Mark button on each type of Wired Furniture. It will give you a better understanding of what each input/output can do:
Debugging & Understanding Your Wired Connections (Circuits)
We've created a debug mode so you can better understand what is happening with your Wired Furniture. After you've plugged all of your wires in, you might want to test out your new circuit! To do this, close the Edit Mode while keeping the Wire Tool selected. You will continue to see your wires appearing in your Unitz and be able to activate the furniture:
As you activate Switches, Buttons and other Wired Furniture, you'll see the white wire turn to yellow:
When a wire is white it means there's no active electric signal going through it. A yellow wire means there's a continuous electric signal running through it and that's when the Blockades are able to open. You'll notice in some cases, the wire will turn yellow only for a seconds before going back to white:
This means that the specific output plugged in only sends a pulse signal rather than continuous. A "pulse" signal is more of a one-time press, like a doorbell. A continuous signal is always either on or off, like a light switch. Blockades, specifically, require a continuous signal to function. So if you want your blockades to stay down, you will need a switch.
We have more MasterClass lessons in the works. Until then, you are free to experiment and experience the Wired Furniture features on your own! Keep an eye open for new Wired MasterClass lessons releasing soon!