Products for USB Sensing and Control
Products for USB Sensing and Control

PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8

ID: 1018_1

The Phidgets workhorse. Connect analog sensors, control switches, and check on push-buttons. One board handles up to 24 devices.

Replaced by 1018_3B

Replaced by the 1018 - PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8.

Analog Inputs

The Analog Inputs are used to measure continuous quantities, such as temperature, humidity, position, or pressure. Phidgets offers a wide variety of sensors that can be plugged directly into the board using the cable included with the sensor.

Digital Inputs

The Digital Inputs have a Digital Input Hardware Filter to eliminate false triggering from electrical noise. They can be used to convey the state of devices such as push buttons, limit switches, relays, and logic levels.

Digital Outputs

The Digital Outputs can be used to drive LEDs, solid state relays (such as the 3052 - SSR Relay Board), transistors; in fact, anything that will accept a CMOS signal.

Comes packaged with

Product Specifications

Customs Information
Canadian HS Export Code 8471.80.00
American HTS Import Code 8471.80.40.00
Country of Origin CN (China)

Software Objects

Device Object Name Channel
Voltage Inputs VoltageInput 0 - 7
Ratiometric Voltage Inputs VoltageRatioInput 0 - 7
Digital Inputs DigitalInput 0 - 7
Digital Outputs DigitalOutput 0 - 7

Documents

Code Samples

Language:

APIDetailLanguageOS
VoltageInput Visual Studio GUI C# Windows Download
VoltageInput Java Android Download
VoltageInput Multi-Channel Example JavaScript Browser Download
VoltageInput JavaScript Browser Download
VoltageInput Objective-C macOS Download
VoltageInput Swift macOS Download
VoltageInput Swift iOS Download
VoltageInput Visual Basic .NET Windows Download
VoltageInput Max/MSP Multiple Download
VoltageRatioInput Visual Studio GUI C# Windows Download
VoltageRatioInput Load Cell Calibrator C# Windows Download
VoltageRatioInput Java Android Download
VoltageRatioInput JavaScript Browser Download
VoltageRatioInput Objective-C macOS Download
VoltageRatioInput Swift macOS Download
VoltageRatioInput Swift iOS Download
VoltageRatioInput Visual Basic .NET Windows Download
VoltageRatioInput Max/MSP Multiple Download
DigitalInput Visual Studio GUI C# Windows Download
DigitalInput Java Android Download
DigitalInput JavaScript Browser Download
DigitalInput Multi-Channel Example JavaScript Browser Download
DigitalInput Objective-C macOS Download
DigitalInput Swift macOS Download
DigitalInput Swift iOS Download
DigitalInput Visual Basic .NET Windows Download
DigitalInput Max/MSP Multiple Download
DigitalOutput Visual Studio GUI C# Windows Download
DigitalOutput Java Android Download
DigitalOutput JavaScript Browser Download
DigitalOutput Multi-Channel Example JavaScript Browser Download
DigitalOutput Objective-C macOS Download
DigitalOutput Swift macOS Download
DigitalOutput Swift iOS Download
DigitalOutput Visual Basic .NET Windows Download
DigitalOutput Max/MSP Multiple Download

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
July 2007 0824Product Release
September 20070825SPI Overclocking issue fixed
May 2008 1826Added RC Filtering to Digital Inputs, PCB X Dimension increased to 3.27”
April 2010 2900Configurable data sampling speed. Replace USB connector with Mini-USB connector
April 2010 2901Fixed bugs relating to changing the ratiometric setting and overflow reporting
September 20102902Fixed certain output set commands from PC being ignored
November 2010 2903USB Product Name descriptor changed from "Phidget" to "PhidgetInterfaceKit"
May 2011 2904getLabelString fixed for labels longer than 7 characters


Part 1: Setup

PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 - Select OS

PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8

Welcome to the 1018 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

  • a 1018 Phidget InterfaceKit
  • a USB cable and computer
  • something to use with the 1018 (e.g. LEDs, switches, analog sensors, etc)

Select your Operating System:

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PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 - Windows

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Step 2: Connect Devices

Step 3: Verify Connection

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

1. Download the installer for your system:

● 32-bit Installer Download

● 64-bit Installer Download

If you're unsure which one you should get, press ⊞ WIN + Pause/Break:

Before installing our libraries, be sure to read our Software License.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

2. Open the download. If it asks you for permission, select Run

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Next

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3b. Read the Licence Agreement. Select Next.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Choose Installation Location. Select Next.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3d. Confirm Install

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. Installation Complete. Close installation Window.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect USB Cable to your computer and PhidgetInterfaceKit

● Connect any sensors or LEDs you want to use

Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

If your Control Panel does not open, look in your taskbar. Double click the Phidget Icon.

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.


For more help installing in Windows (e.g. manual install, using a VM, etc.), visit this page:

Windows Advanced Information

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PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 - MacOS

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Step 2: Connect Devices

Step 3: Verify Connection

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

1. Download the installer for your system:

● OS X 10.11+: Installer Download

● Mac OS X 10.7 - OS X 10.10: Installer Download

● Mac OS X 10.5 - OS X 10.6: Installer Download


Before installing our libraries, be sure to read our Software License.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

2. Open the download and double click on Phidgets.pkg

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Continue

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3b. Read and continue. Read the License and click Agree.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Here, you have the option to select the installation location. Select Install to continue.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3d. MacOS may ask for permission to install. Enter your username and password and Install Software.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. You may see a message that the extension has been blocked. Select Open Security Preferences.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3g. Beside the message for Phidgets Inc, Click Allow.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3h. Installation Complete, Click Close.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3i. To delete the installer, click Move to Trash.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect USB Cable to your computer and PhidgetInterfaceKit

● Connect any sensors or LEDs you want to use

Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.


For more info installing in MacOS (e.g. developer tools, driver extension, etc.), visit this page:

MacOS Advanced Information

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Phidget InterfaceKit 8/8/8 - Linux

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Step 2: Connect Devices

Step 3: Verify Connection

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

1. First, you need to install the libusb-1.0 development libraries. For example, in Debian based distributions:

apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev


You’ll also need a C compiler and builder, if you don’t already have one installed.

apt-get install gcc
apt-get install make

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

2. Next, download and unpack the Phidgets library:

libphidget22

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3. Use the following commands in the location you unpacked to install the library:

./configure
make
sudo make install

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

4. (Optional) You can also download and unpack the following optional packages:

phidget22networkserver - Phidget Network Server, which enables the use of Phidgets over your network

phidget22admin - Admin tool to track who is connected to your Phidgets when using the network server

libphidget22extra - Required for phidget22networkserver and phidget22admin

libphidget22java - The Java libraries for Phidget22


For installation instructions for these packages, see the README file included with each one.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect USB Cable to your computer and PhidgetInterfaceKit

● Connect any sensors or LEDs you want to use

Step 3: Verify Connection

1. The easiest way to verify that your libraries are working properly is to compile and run an example program. Download and unpack this C example that will detect any Phidget:

HelloWorld C Example

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. Next, open the terminal in the location where you unpacked the example. Compile and run using:

gcc HelloWorld.c -o HelloWorld -lphidget22
sudo ./HelloWorld

ou should receive a “Hello” line for each Phidget channel that is discovered:

I don’t see any Phidgets show up in the HelloWorld example

You need to run it with sudo in order to be able to access USB devices. In order to use Phidgets without sudo, you need to set your udev rules. See the Advanced Information page on the final slide of this guide for details.

Done!

If you're able to see your devices in the Hello World example, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.


For more info installing in Linux (e.g. Udev rules, old versions, etc.), visit this page:

Linux Advanced Information

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Part 2: Using Your Phidget

About

The 1018 PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 has:

  • 8 Digital Inputs for reading switches or logic-level sensors
  • 8 Digital Outputs for LEDs or simple logic-level output
  • 8 Analog Inputs for reading 0-5V sensors

Each analog port can be opened as a VoltageInput or a VoltageRatioInput object, depending on what kind of sensor you're connecting to.

Explore Your Phidget Channels Using The Control Panel

You can use your Control Panel to explore your Phidget's channels.

1. Open your Control Panel, and you will find the following channels:

1018 Panel.jpg

2. Double click on a channel to open an example program. Each channel belongs to the Digital Input, Digital Output, Voltage Input or Voltage Ratio Input channel class:

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Digital Input: Read the state of a switch

In your Control Panel, double click on "Digital Input":

1018-DigitalInput.jpg
Digital Output: Control LEDs, relays, digital circuits, and other simple electronics

In your Control Panel, double click on "Digital Output":

1018-DigitalOutput.jpg
Voltage Input: Non-ratiometric Analog sensors and monitoring 5V digital circuits

In your Control Panel, double click on "Voltage Input":

1018-VoltageInput.jpg
Voltage Ratio Input: Analog ratiometric sensors

In your Control Panel, double click on "Voltage Ratio Input":

1018-VoltageRatioInput.jpg

Part 3: Create your Program

1. Setting up your Programming Environment

2. Phidget Programming Basics

Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

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How do I know what channel, serial number, or hub port to use in my program?

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:

The locate Phidget button is found in the device information box

2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.

All the information you need to address your Phidget


See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.

How can I plot or record sensor data?

In the Phidget Control Panel, open the channel for your device and click on the Plot.jpg icon next to the data type that you want to plot. This will open up a new window:

Plot2.jpg

If you need more complex functionality such as logging multiple sensors to the same sheet or performing calculations on the data, you'll need to write your own program. Generally this will involve addressing the correct channel, opening it, and then creating an Event Handler and adding graphing/logging code to it.

The quickest way to get started is to download some sample code for your desired programming language and then search google for logging or plotting in that language (e.g. "how to log to csv in python") and add the code to the existing change handler.

Filtering

You can perform filtering on the raw data in order to reduce noise in your graph. For more information, see the Control Panel Graphing page.

Graph Type

You can perform a transform on the incoming data to get different graph types that may provide insights into your sensor data. For more information on how to use these graph types, see the Control Panel Graphing page.

Setting the Change Trigger and Data Interval

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.

Analog Inputs

If you want to know more about the capabilities of the analog inputs on this device, check the Analog Input Primer.

Digital Inputs

If you want to know more about the capabilities of the digital inputs on this device, check the Digital Input Primer.

Digital Outputs

If you want to know more about the capabilities of the digital outputs on this device, check the InterfaceKit Digital Outputs.

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
Voltage Input VoltageInput 0 - 7
Voltage Ratio Input VoltageRatioInput 0 - 7
Digital Input DigitalInput 0 - 7
Digital Output DigitalOutput 0 - 7

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