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Unit 1 - 6115 4 St SE
Calgary AB  T2H 2H9


Unit 1 - 6115 4 St SE
Calgary AB  T2H 2H9
+1 403 282-7335

Force Sensor

ID: 1106_0 NRND

This simple force sensor can be used as a button for human input or to sense the presence of a small object.


Quantity Available: 957

Qty Price
5 $6.65
10 $6.30
25 $5.60
50 $4.90
100 $4.55

This small force sensor reads 0V when no force is applied, with the voltage value increasing towards 5V as force increases on the circular button. It is intended as a user input device (i.e. detecting that someone is pushing a button).

The 1106 is not accurate enough to be used as a weight measurement device and is not designed to be loaded for long periods of time.


  • Responds to forces up to 38N in magnitude
  • Connects to a Phidgets VINT port or voltage input
  • 60cm Phidget cable included

Interface Boards and Hubs

This sensor can be read by any Phidget with an Analog Input or VINT Hub port. It will connect to either one using the included Phidget cable. VINT Hub ports can behave just like Analog Inputs, but have the added flexibility of being able to be used as digital inputs, digital outputs, or ports to communicate with VINT devices. For more information about VINT, see the VINT Overview page.

Product Voltage Inputs
Part Number Price Number of Voltage Inputs Voltage Input Resolution (bits)
VINT Hub Phidget
$40.00 6 (Shared) *** 15 bit
1-Port VINT Hub Phidget
$24.00 1 (Shared) ** 16 bit
VINT Hub Phidget
$35.00 6 (Shared) * 15 bit
VINT Hub Phidget
$30.00 6 (Shared) *** 15 bit
Wireless VINT Hub
$60.00 6 (Shared) * 16 bit
$120.00 6 (Shared) * 16 bit
8x Voltage Input Phidget
$20.00 8 12 bit
PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8
$80.00 8
PhidgetInterfaceKit 2/2/2
$50.00 2 10 bit
PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8
$80.00 8 10 bit
PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 Mini-Format
$70.00 8 10 bit
PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 w/6 Port Hub
$110.00 8 10 bit
PhidgetTextLCD 20X2 : White : Integrated PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8
$70.00 8 10 bit

Phidget Cables

This sensor comes with its own Phidget cable to connect it to an InterfaceKit or Hub, but if you need extras we have a full list down below. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.

Product Physical Properties
Part Number Price Cable Length
Phidget Cable 10cm
$1.50 100 mm
Phidget Cable 30cm
$1.75 300 mm
Phidget Cable 60cm
$2.00 600 mm
Phidget Cable 90cm
$2.00 900 mm
Phidget Cable 120cm
$2.25 1.2 m
Phidget Cable 150cm
$2.50 1.5 m
Phidget Cable 180cm
$2.75 1.8 m
Phidget Cable 350cm
$3.00 3.5 m
Phidget Cable Kit
$10.00 80 mm

Getting Started

Welcome to the 1106 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

1106 0 Connecting The Hardware.jpg
  1. Connect the 1106 to the HUB0000 with the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the HUB0000 to your computer with the USB cable.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the 1106!

Using the 1106

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the 1106, we will connect it to the HUB0000, and then run an example using the Phidget Control Panel on a Windows machine.

The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines. If you would like to follow along, first take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:

Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the 1106.

First Look

After plugging in the 1106 into the HUB0000, and the HUB0000 into your computer, open the Phidget Control Panel. You will see something like this:

HUB0000 Panel.jpg

The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.

The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

Voltage Ratio Input

Double-click on a Voltage Ratio Input object in order to run the example:

1018 Sensors VoltageRatioInput.png

General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • Modify the change trigger and/or data interval value by dragging the sliders. For more information on these settings, see the data interval/change trigger page.
  • Select the 1106 from the Sensor Type drop-down menu. The Sensor Value will now return a value between 0 and 1. A greater applied force will correspond to a larger Sensor Value

Technical Details


The 1106 is not accurate enough to be used as a weight measurement device. It is not designed to have force applied constantly over time. If you are interested in accurately measuring weight, take a look at our load cells.

Phidget Cable


The Phidget Cable is a 3-pin, 0.100 inch pitch locking connector. Pictured here is a plug with the connections labelled. The connectors are commonly available - refer to the Analog Input Primer for manufacturer part numbers.

What to do Next

  • Programming Languages - Find your preferred programming language here and learn how to write your own code with Phidgets!
  • Phidget Programming Basics - Once you have set up Phidgets to work with your programming environment, we recommend you read our page on to learn the fundamentals of programming with Phidgets.

Product Specifications

Sensor Properties
Sensor Type Force
Controlled By VoltageRatio Input
Sensor Output Type Ratiometric
Force Min 0 N
Force Max 39.2 N
Electrical Properties
Current Consumption Max 500 μA
Output Impedance 10 kΩ
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min 10 °C
Operating Temperature Max 40 °C
Lifespan 100000 actuations
Customs Information
Canadian HS Export Code 8473.30.00
American HTS Import Code 8473.30.51.00
Country of Origin CN (China)


Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
June 2002 0 N/AProduct Release
August 2004 0 N/AAnalog input connector changed from stereo jack to 3-pin Molex
May 2008 0AN/ARedesign due to component obsolescence

This device doesn't have an API of its own. It is controlled by opening a VoltageRatioInput channel on the Phidget that it's connected to. For a list of compatible Phidgets with VoltageRatio Inputs, see the Connection & Compatibility tab.

You can find details for the VoltageRatioInput API on the API tab for the Phidget that this sensor connects to.

Code Samples

Example Options


				Make your selections to display sample code.

Have a look at our force sensors:

Product Sensor Properties Physical Properties
Part Number Price Sensor Type Controlled By Force Min Force Max Sensing Area
8″ FlexiForce 0-100lb. Resistive Force Sensor
$22.75 Force Sensitive Resistor Flexiforce Adapter 0 N 444.8 N 71.3 mm²
8″ FlexiForce 0-1lb. Resistive Force Sensor
$22.75 Force Sensitive Resistor Flexiforce Adatper 0 N 4.4 N 71.3 mm²
8″ FlexiForce 0-25lb. Resistive Force Sensor
$22.75 Force Sensitive Resistor Flexiforce Adapter 0 N 111.1 N 71.3 mm²
Interlink Electronics 0.2″ Circular 20N FSR
$6.50 Force Sensitive Resistor Voltage Divider 1 N 20 N 19.6 mm²
Interlink Electronics 0.5″ Circular 20N FSR
$7.50 Force Sensitive Resistor Voltage Divider 1 N 20 N 126.7 mm²
Interlink Electronics 1.5″ Square 20N FSR
$10.00 Force Sensitive Resistor Voltage Divider 1 N 20 N 14.5 cm²