What is a Phidget?
At Phidgets, our philosophy is that you don't have to be an electrical engineer in order to create sophisticated projects using motors, sensors and other electronics. You simply need to know how to code.
Phidgets are building-blocks for sensing and control using a computer, tablet, or phone. Phidgets enable your software application to interact with the physical world.
The advantage of using Phidgets is that all Phidgets can be plugged in and used in your project out of the box, without having to follow complex pinout diagrams or configure communication between the device and computer. With Phidgets, we deal with the details of getting the electronics behaving as they should, so you can focus on the programming and details of your final product.
Phidgets connect via a USB port:
Some Phidgets are a complete, self-contained sensing package. An example is the 1042 , which measures motion:
Other Phidgets are a 'building block' to use other sensors. An example is the 1048 which allows the use of wire thermocouples:
For the most part, using Phidgets requires writing software. The Phidgets API is available in many different programming languages:
|Core Languages||Mobile Languages||Other Languages|
|Visual Basic .NET|
The Phidget software libraries are supported on a number of operating systems:
|Desktop OSes||Mobile/Wireless OSes|
With the combination of events, modular sensors, and network support, your system can range from simple to incredibly complex.
We encourage customers to not only build projects for themselves, but also to design and build real-world products using Phidgets. Our libraries can be distributed with your code to your customers.
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