DST1001 User Guide

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Part 1: Setup

Welcome to the DST1001 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:


Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

DST1001 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the DST1001 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.


Now that you have everything together, let's start using the DST1001!

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the DST1001, 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.

Windows

To open the Phidget Control Panel on Windows, find the Ph.jpg icon in the taskbar. If it is not there, open up the start menu and search for Phidget Control Panel

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macOS

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 Ph.jpg 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 DST1001.

First Look

After plugging the DST1001 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

DST1001 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 If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date.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.

Part 2: Using Your Phidget

About

The DST1001 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 650 mm in optimal conditions with an accuracy of about 1mm.

DST1001 About.jpg

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 Distance Phidget channel:

DST1001 Panel.jpg

2. Double click on the channel to open an example program. This channel belongs to the Distance Sensor channel class:

Distance Sensor: Measure the distance between the DST1001 and the object

In your Control Panel, double click on "Distance Phidget 650mm":

DST1001-DistanceSensor.jpg

Part 3: Create your Program

1. Setting up your Programming Environment

2. Phidget Programming Basics

Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

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.

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.

I’m getting an Out-Of-Range Error

The DST1001 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.