Products for USB Sensing and Control

Products for USB Sensing and Control


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ID: 1016_0

This touch wheel recognizes both contact and proximity. Connects directly to a USB port.


Quantity Available: 96

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5 $38.00
10 $36.00
25 $32.00
50 $28.00
100 $26.00
250 $24.00
500 $22.00
1000 $20.00

The PhidgetCircularTouch detects changes in the capacitance between the on-board electrodes and the object making contact. The side of the circuit board opposite the connector and components is the side intended for contact.

The 1016 can be mounted behind a sheet of glass or plastic; The recommended thickness is 1/8 inch. Use Silicon adhesive when attaching the Phidget to the material; standing the PhidgetCircularTouch off or creating space between the separation material and the Phidget can cause false-triggering to occur. Materials thicker than 1/8” may work, but will require a larger surface area of contact to ensure proper triggering (i.e.: two fingers instead of one).

Sliding a finger along the touch sensor varies the Analog Input 0 value from 0V to 5V in approximately 125 discrete steps. When the finger is removed, the final measured value is retained. Two Digital Inputs are used to convey additional information: Digital Input 0 is True when contact is made with the Phidget, and Digital Input 1 is True when a finger or object comes in close proximity to the board. The Analog Input value is valid when both Digital Inputs are true.

The PhidgetCircularTouch connects directly to your computer via USB, and behaves like an InterfaceKit in software.


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Product Specifications

Sensor Properties
API Object Name HumanInput
Controlled By USB (Mini-USB)
Sensor Type Touch (Capacitive)
Detecting Distance Max 10 mm
Electrical Properties
Current Consumption Max 36 mA
USB Speed Low Speed
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min 0 °C
Operating Temperature Max 70 °C

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
Capacitive Scroll Sensor CapacitiveTouch 0


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Library & Driver Downloads

Code Samples

CapacitiveTouch C Multiple Download
CapacitiveTouch C# Windows Download
CapacitiveTouch Java Multiple Download
CapacitiveTouch Java Android Download
CapacitiveTouch JavaScript Any Download
CapacitiveTouch Objective-C macOS Download
CapacitiveTouch Swift iOS Download
CapacitiveTouch Python Multiple Download
CapacitiveTouch Visual Basic .NET Windows Download

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
August 20050100Product Release
January 20060101Design migrated to Encore II processor
January 20070102Bus reset/low voltage reset defined

Getting Started

Welcome to the 1016 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

1016 0 Connecting The Hardware.jpg
  1. Connect the Phidget to your computer using the USB cable

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the 1016!

Using the 1016

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the 1016, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.

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 1016.

First Look

After plugging the 1016 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

1016 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.

Capacitive Touch

Double-click on the Capacitive Touch object labelled PhidgetCircular Touch in order to run the example:

1016 CapacitiveTouch Example.jpg

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.
  • The sensitivity of the 1016 can also be adjusted. The higher the sensitivity, the more susceptible the 1016 will be to sensing touch.
  • When the 1016 senses a touch, the state of the Touch? checkbox will change.
  • The Last Value label corresponds to the location of the last touch along the 1016.

Technical Details

Device Inputs

The 1016 appears to the Phidget libraries as a CapacitiveTouch object. Sliding a finger around the touch sensor varies the axis value from 0 to 1 in approximately 125 discrete steps. When the finger is removed, the final measured value is retained.

If it is desired to use the touch slider as an array of buttons, or a combination of an array of buttons and a smaller slide-touch area, one must only interpret specific sub-ranges of sensor values differently in software depending upon the intended use. If sub-ranges of values are to be used as buttons, it is recommended that a small range of sensor values be left between the sub-ranges where a null-response is observed.

Dielectric Separation

The 1016 has been left without components on the contact side so that it may be mounted behind a sheet of glass or plastic. The recommended thickness of separation material is 1/8". Silicon adhesive is recommended when attaching the Phidget to the material; standing the 1016 off or creating space between the separation material and the Phidget can cause false-triggering to occur.

It should be noted that materials thicker than 1/8" may work, but will require a larger surface area of contact to ensure proper triggering (i.e. two fingers instead of one). Increasing the surface area of the contacting object helps to increase the measurable capacitance at the point of contact that further seperation causes to reduce, balancing these factors out.

What to do Next

  • Software Overview - Find your preferred programming language here to learn how to write your own code with Phidgets!
  • General Phidget Programming - Read this general guide to the various aspects of programming with Phidgets. Learn how to log data into a spreadsheet, use Phidgets over the network, and much more.
  • Phidget22 API - The API is a universal library of all functions and definitions for programming with Phidgets. Just select your language and device and it'll give you a complete list of all properties, methods, events, and enumerations that are at your disposal.

Have a look at our capacitive touch sensors:

Product Sensor Properties
Image Part Number Price Controlled By Detecting Distance Max
1016_0 $40.00 USB (Mini-USB) 10 mm
1129_1 $11.00 VoltageRatio Input 12.7 mm
HIN1000_0 $12.00 VINT 5 mm
HIN1001_0 $15.00 VINT 5 mm