Phidgets

The Building Blocks of Automation

Phidgets are building-blocks for sensing and control using a computer, tablet, or phone. Phidgets enable your software application to interact with the physical world.

VINT Hub Phidget

The Core of the Phidget product line. The USB VINT Hub has 6 VINT ports allowing for endless possibilities for USB sensing and control.

With a VINT Hub Phidget, you can interface six devices to your computer through a single USB port. Each VINT port can perform one of four roles: Communicating with an intelligent VINT Device, reading a 0-5V Voltage or ratiometric sensor, acting as a digital output, or reading switches as a digital input. Each port has a power and ground pin, so you can also use the ports to gain access to the USB voltage supply directly.

Plug in one of our many VINT-enabled Phidgets that perform a wide variety of functions. Control motors and LEDs, measure temperature or motion, or build a large scale system with many inputs and outputs.

Phidgets DAQ1301

I/O Boards

Most boards in this category come equipped with Digital Inputs, Digital Outputs, and/or Analog Inputs, making them central pieces of many Phidgets systems. For example, an InterfaceKit with a number of Analog Inputs could be used to read data in from several different sensors and send this data to a program on your computer to be used in real-time calculations.

In addition to these input and output ports, many of these boards have a special feature or add-on that sets it apart from the rest, like a USB hub, an LCD screen, or even a built in computer to run your program without being plugged into a USB port.

Sensors

Phidgets supply a wide range of sensors to measure anything from temperature/ humidity to pH/ORP.

Touch sensors use capacitance to detect contact with a finger or any material that changes the capacitance near the surface of the sensor, just like a modern touchscreen. Many capacitive touch sensors can sense a change in capacitance without a direct touch, enabling the sensor to be hidden behind a thin layer of a non-conducting material such as glass, plastic, or paper. This makes them ideal for touch panels to control your program.

Motion sensors measure various aspects of movement. Accelerometers, compasses, gyroscopes, vibration sensors, IR motion sensors, and GPS boards are all found in this category.

Phidget Spatial boards combine the utility of an accelerometer, compass and gyroscope in one board, making them ideal for robotics and motion capture projects.

Phidgets 1125
Phidgets 3322

Stepper Motors

Stepper motors are a type of electric motor that use strong electromagnets to hold the rotor in place.

By alternating the phases of the electromagnets, the motor steps to the next position like a ticking clock. Because of these characteristics, stepper motors are often used in applications where accuracy and position control are more important than raw speed.

For simpler applications where raw speed or torque is the most important factor, a DC motor may be more appropriate.

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