Do you need a sensor that can measure short distances or detect the motion of objects passing by? This Phidget uses infrared light and a time-of-flight calculation to determine how far away an object is. It can report the distance of the object it's pointed at as often as every 100 milliseconds, and will throw a out-of-range event when the distance exceeds the sensor's maximum range. Since infrared light is what it uses for the measurement, highly reflective objects will be easier to measure.
The DST1000 connects to a VINT hub. Have a look at the Connection & Compatibility tab for a list of Phidgets with VINT ports.
Note: The label on the enclosure that reads "0-200mm" is innacurate. In optimal conditions, this sensor will have a maximum distance of approximately 170mm.
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:
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 DST1000 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 DST1000!
In order to demonstrate the functionality of the DST1000, 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 DST1000.
After plugging the DST1000 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.
Double-click on the Distance Sensor object in order to run the example:
General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:
The DST1000 will fire out-of-range error events when the reflected IR light doesn't 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||4 mm|
|Measurement Distance Max||* 170 mm|
|Measurement Distance Resolution||1 mm|
|Measurement Distance Noise||3 mm|
|Sampling Interval Max||60 s/sample|
|Sampling Interval Min||100 ms/sample|
|Current Consumption Max||4 mA|
|Current Consumption Min||20 μA|
|Operating Temperature Min||-40 °C|
|Operating Temperature Max||85 °C|
|Distance Sensor 200mm||DistanceSensor||0|
|DistanceSensor||Visual Basic .NET||Windows||Download|
|Date||Board Revision||Device Version||Comment|
|February 2018||0||102||Product Release|
|Image||Part Number||Price||Sensor Type||Controlled By||Measurement Distance Min||Measurement Distance Max|
|1128_0||$35.00||Distance (Sonar)||VoltageRatio Input||152.4 mm||6.5 m|
|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|
|DST1200_0||$25.00||Distance (Sonar)||VINT||40 mm||10 m|