Products for USB Sensing and Control

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Dial Phidget

ID: HIN1101_0

This dial has a fully continuous range of motion and a center pushbutton. Connects to a VINT port.


Quantity Available: 968

Qty Price
5 $14.25
10 $13.50
25 $12.00
50 $10.50
100 $9.75
250 $9.00
500 $8.25
1000 $7.50

If you need a straightforward solution for a control knob on your project, the Dial Phidget is just what you need. It uses an optical encoder, so it has fully continuous rotation with none of the dead zones or physical wear that potentiometer-based dials have. The HIN1101 connects to a port on a VINT Hub. See the "Comaptible Products" tab for a list of hubs.

When the dial 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

Controlled By VINT
Electrical Properties
Current Consumption (Unconfigured) 18 μA
Current Consumption Max 2.5 mA
Encoder Properties
Encoder Resolution 96 PPR
Timing Resolution 0.00013 s
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C


Library & Driver Downloads

Code Samples

Encoder C Multiple Download
Encoder C# Windows Download
Encoder Java Multiple Download
Encoder Java Android Download
Encoder JavaScript Any Download
Encoder Objective-C macOS Download
Encoder Swift iOS Download
Encoder Python Multiple Download
Encoder 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 20170101Product Release

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
Encoder Input Encoder 0
Digital Input DigitalInput 0


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Getting Started

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

HIN1101 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. Connect the HIN1101 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget Cable.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the HIN1101!

Using the HIN1101

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the HIN1101, 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 HIN1101.

First Look

After plugging the HIN1101 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

HIN1101 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.


Encoder Dial Example.jpg

When you double click on an Encoder 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, you can enable the input (if applicable) and specify the counts per revolution (CPR) to enable velocity calculation. Press enter after typing a number to enable velocity. You can also adjust the Data Interval and Change Trigger.
  • On the right, real-time data is displayed:
    • Position Change: The number of ticks (or quadrature cycles) that have occurred since the last change event.
    • Time Change: The amount of time in milliseconds that has elapsed since the last change event.
    • Position: The total position in ticks relative to where the encoder was when the window was opened.
    • Index Position: Not supported by this device.
    • Velocity: If a CPR has been specified, the average velocity in rotations per minute.

Digital Input

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

HIN1101 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 center of the dial in order to activate the digital input.

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

Rotary potentiometers

Some of these dials have a limited range of rotation, but are otherwise potential alternatives to the HIN1101.

Product Sensor Properties
Image Part Number Price Sensor Type Controlled By Range of Rotation
1109_0 $7.00 Rotation VoltageRatio Input 300°
1116_0 $11.00 Input (Rotation) VoltageRatio Input 3600°
3583_0 $35.00 Input (Rotary) VoltageRatio Input (continuous) 360°