Products for USB Sensing and Control

Products for USB Sensing and Control

PHIDGETS Inc.

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

Touch Keypad Phidget

ID: HIN1000_0

Use this array of capactive touch buttons as a unique way to control your Phidgets.

$12.00

Quantity Available: 47

Qty Price
5 $11.40
10 $10.80
25 $9.60
50 $8.40
100 $7.80
250 $7.20
500 $6.60
1000 $6.00

For a seamless user input solution that differs from the ordinary pushbutton, try the Touch Keypad Phidget. It works like a smartphone's touchscreen, sensing the change in capacitance as you finger comes near. As such, you can place the Touch Keypad Phidget behind up to 3mm of glass or plastic, allowing you to enclose the hardware to make the panel child-friendly and aesthetically pleasing.



Features

With seven capacitive touch regions, you can assign different functions to each with events in our API. You can also detect the proximity of a finger before contact is made, and you can adjust the sensitivity to improve performance in your application. If an object stays on a region for sixty seconds, the board will recalibrate and ignore that object until it is removed. This feature prevents regions from being locked by unintentional objects like dirt or debris.

Product Specifications

Sensor Properties
Controlled By VINT
Calibration Time 45 s
Sampling Interval Max 1 s/sample
Sampling Interval Min 25 ms/sample
Detecting Distance Max 5 mm
Electrical Properties
Current Consumption Max * 3.6 mA
Current Consumption Min 50 μA
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C

* Current consumption varies with data interval. See the technical section of the user guide for details.

Sensitivity Settings
Sensitivity (0-1) Application
0.8 - 1.0 Behind up to 3mm of glass
0.2 Inside default enclosure

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
Capacitive Touch Sensor CapacitiveTouch 0 - 6

API


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Documents

Code Samples

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

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
August 20170104Product Release


Getting Started

Welcome to the HIN1000 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

HIN1000 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. Connect the HIN1000 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.


Using the HIN1000

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the HIN1000, 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 HIN1000.

First Look

After plugging the HIN1000 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

HIN1000 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

HIN1000 CapacitiveTouch Example.jpg

When you double click on a Capacitive Touch object, a window like the one pictured will open.

  • At the top of the window, information about your device and the properties of this particular channel will be listed.
  • On the left, change trigger and/or data interval can be changed. For more information on these settings, see the Data Rate/Change Trigger page. In addition, the sensor's sensitivity can be adjusted. The higher the sensitivity, the more susceptible the sensor will be to sensing touch.
  • On the right, the Touch? check box will be checked if an object is touching or nearly touching the surface associated with this capacitive touch object. For capacitive touch objects that have a linear or circular touch region, the Last Value corresponds to the location on the region that the current or most recent touch occurred.


Technical Details

Re-Calibration

Since capacitive touch sensors rely on checking capacitance against a threshold to detect when they are touched, they need to keep a good baseline of the capacitance of their environment. The HIN1000 will re-calibrate its baseline levels if it detects a constant touch for more than 60 seconds, in order to prevent getting stuck in a touched state. Similarly, it will re-calibrate its baseline capacitance to adjust to falling capacitance (such as when it is moved away from a surface) in order to prevent getting stuck in a not-touched state. The latter adjustment happens soon after the baseline is detected to have fallen.

Current Consumption

The current consumption of the HIN1000 varies depending on the data interval that you choose. When it is connected but not configured, it will draw a minimal current of around 50 µA. Once it has been configured, current consumption will increase as the interval between data events is shortened, as illustrated by this graph:

HIN1000-current.jpg

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.

VINT Hubs

This Phidget is a smart device that must be controlled by a VINT Hub. For more information about VINT, have a look at the VINT Primer. You can use a Phidget Cable to simply and easily connect the two devices. Here's a list of all of the different VINT Hubs currently available:

Product Board
Image Part Number Price Number of VINT Ports
HUB0000_0 $30.00 6

Phidget Cables

Use a Phidget cable to connect this device to the hub. 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
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3034_0 $1.50 150 mm
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m

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 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