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The Distance Phidget accurately measures distances between 20mm and ~1.3 m. Use this Phidget to measure short distances or detecting objects passing by. This Phidget connects to your computer through a VINT Hub.
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:
|Image||Part Number||Price||Number of VINT Ports||Controlled By|
|HUB5000_0||$60.00||6||Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi)|
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.
Welcome to the DST1002 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:
Next, you will need to connect the pieces:
Now that you have everything together, let's start using the DST1002!
In order to demonstrate the functionality of the DST1002, 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.
To open the Phidget Control Panel on Windows, find the icon in the taskbar. If it is not there, open up the start menu and search for Phidget Control Panel
To open the Phidget Control Panel on macOS, open Finder and navigate to the Phidget Control Panel in the Applications list. Double click on the icon to bring up the Phidget Control Panel.
For more information, 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 DST1002.
After plugging the DST1002 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:
The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:
The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.
The DST1002 uses reflected infrared light to measure distance. Use this Phidget when measuring short distances or for detecting objects passing in front of the sensor. The sensor will measure distances from 20mm to 1300mm in optimal conditions with an accuracy of about 10mm.
You can use your Control Panel to explore your Phidget's channels.
1. Open your Control Panel, and you will find the Distance Phidget 1300mm channel:
2. Double click on the channel to open an example program. This channel belongs to the Distance Sensor channel class:
In your Control Panel, double click on "Distance Phidget 1300mm":
Before you open a Phidget channel in your program, you can set these properties to specify which channel to open. You can find this information through the Control Panel.
1. Open the Control Panel and double-click on the red map pin icon:
2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.
See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.
The Change Trigger is the minimum change in the sensor data needed to trigger a new data event. The Data Interval is the time (in ms) between data events sent out from your Phidget. You can modify one or both of these values to achieve different data outputs. You can learn more about these two properties here.
The DST1002 will fire out-of-range error events when the reflected IR light does not reach the sensor, meaning the object is out of range. Objects that do not reflect light well might be harder to detect at greater distances.
|Sensor Type||Infrared (Time-of-Flight)|
|Measurement Distance Min||20 mm|
|Measurement Distance Max||* 1.3 m|
|Measurement Distance Resolution||1 mm|
|Measurement Distance Noise||10 mm|
|Sampling Interval Max||60 s/sample|
|Sampling Interval Min||30 ms/sample|
|Current Consumption Max||22 mA|
|Current Consumption Min||20 μA|
|Operating Temperature Min||-40 °C|
|Operating Temperature Max||85 °C|
|Date||Board Revision||Device Version||Comment|
|February 2020||0||100||Product Release|
|Distance Sensor 1300mm||DistanceSensor||0|
|DistanceSensor||Visual Studio GUI||C#||Windows||Download|
|DistanceSensor||Visual Basic .NET||Windows||Download|
|Image||Part Number||Price||Sensor Type||Controlled By||Measurement Distance Min||Measurement Distance Max|
|1146_0||$7.00||Distance (Infrared)||VoltageRatio Input||1.5 mm||4 mm|
|3520_0||$14.00||Distance (Infrared)||Sharp Adapter||40 mm||300 mm|
|3521_0||$12.00||Distance (Infrared)||Sharp Adapter||100 mm||800 mm|
|3522_0||$16.00||Distance (Infrared)||Sharp Adapter||200 mm||1.5 m|
|DST1000_0||$30.00||Infrared (Time-of-Flight)||VINT||4 mm||* 170 mm|
|DST1001_0||$30.00||Infrared (Time-of-Flight)||VINT||20 mm||* 650 mm|
|DST1002_0||$35.00||Infrared (Time-of-Flight)||VINT||20 mm||* 1.3 m|
|DST1200_0||$25.00||Distance (Sonar)||VINT||40 mm||10 m|