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Thumbstick Phidget

ID: HIN1100_0

Make a custom controller for your project with this thumbstick. Two-axis with a center pushbutton, it plugs into a VINT port.


Quantity Available: 971

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5 $19.00
10 $18.00
25 $16.00
50 $14.00
100 $13.00
250 $12.00
500 $11.00
1000 $10.00

Does your project need a high degree of control from your users? The Thumbstick Phidget provides a familiar 2-axis thumbstick similar to those on a video game controller. The stick springs back to the neutral position when released. It can also be pressed down with a click, which will register in software and can be tied to a function in your software. The HIN1100 connects to a port on a VINT Hub. See the "Comaptible Products" tab for a list of hubs.

How it Works

The two axes of the thumbstick correspond to two VoltageRatioInput software objects which each range from -1.0 to 1.0, with zero being in the neutral position. These two numbers can be combined and converted into an angle and a magnitude in your software to be more useful. When the stick is pressed down, a DigitalInput object will change from false to true, so your program can use the change event to trigger a function or feature of your project.

Product Specifications

Sensor Properties
Controlled By VINT
VoltageRatio Input Resolution 0.0021
Electrical Properties
Current Consumption (Unconfigured) 20 μA
Current Consumption Max * 1 mA
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
* - Current consumption varies depending on the selected data interval. See the technical section of the User Guide for details.


Library & Driver Downloads

Code Samples

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

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
September 20170104Product Release

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
Thumbstick Axis VoltageRatioInput 0 - 1
Thumbstick Button DigitalInput 0


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Getting Started

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

  1. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. Connect the HIN1100 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget Cable.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the HIN1100!.

Using the HIN1100

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the HIN1100, 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 HIN1100.

First Look

After plugging the HIN1100 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

HIN1100 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.

Digital Input

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

HIN1100 DigitalInput 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:

  • You can click down on the middle of the thumbstick to activate the digital input.

Voltage Ratio Input (Axis)

HIN1100 VoltageRatioSensor Example.jpg

When you double click on an Joystick Axis 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.
  • On the right, the voltage ratio is reported in volts per volt. In this case, a value of 1.0 corresponds to the maximum tilt in one direction of the axis, and a value of -1.0 corresponds to the maximum tilt in the other direction. Note: The stick will not be able to fully reach the -1.0 or 1.0 position while inside the enclosure.

Technical Details

Converting to Polar Coordinates

For many applications like remote controlled vehicles, you'll want to convert the 2-axis data of the Thumbstick Phidget into an angle and magnitude. You can use the following formulas:

Where r is the magnitude, ϕ is the angle, and x and y are the two axis values. Atan2 is the 2-argument arctangent function, which you can find in most math libraries. For example, in C# you could use Math.Atan2(x,y).

Since x and y range from -1.0 to 1.0, the resulting r will range from to , so you may also want to modify the first formula like so:

This way, your r will range from 0 to 1, which is better when using the Thumbstick Phidget as a controller.

Current Consumption

The current consumption of the HIN1100 depends on the data interval being used:


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.


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
SBC3003_0 $120.00 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 other thumbsticks:

Product Sensor Properties
Image Part Number Price Controlled By
1113_0 $11.00 VoltageRatio Input, Digital Input (5V)
HIN1100_0 $20.00 VINT