Phidgets add USB sensing and control to your computer

Phidgets add USB sensing and control to your computer

Posted on 05. Apr, 2009 by in Sensors

If you like to build projects using a regular computer as the main control center, whether it's due to needing the processing power or that you are familiar with programming on the platform, you may feel left-out when you're viewing the wide variety of electronics modules available. It seems that most pre-build electronics modules are designed to interface with other electronic components and use I2C or SPI or even just TTL level signaling.

Well, don't despair - you can continue to program in Visual Basic or whatever you need to on your computer thanks to the Phidgets line of USB modules! The Phidgets boards provide cool features such as stepper motor control, analog inputs, and other core functionality you need to build cool projects, but unlike other modules, they are designed to interface with a PC through the USB port. This lets you assemble the real-world side of your project and then tie it into the computer with an easy-to-use interface, so you get the best of both worlds.

There is quite a lineup of Phidgets modules to choose from, including:

  • Analog sensors
  • LCD dot matrix modules
  • Stepper motor drivers
  • Server motor controls
  • RFID readers
  • Circular touch sensors (think iPod!)
  • Accelerometers

Best of all, you can use the Phidgets on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux or even handheld devices as they provide the necessary drivers and sample code. One those platforms, you can use C, C++, python, perl, or whatever else you're comfortable with.

Whether you're getting started in building electronic projects and want to experiment with real-world sensing and control, or you're building a super-complicated robot that needs 3GHz of processing power, have a look at the Phidgets lineup and see if one of their simple modules will get your project movin'.

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