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## Wheatstone Bridge Phidget

ID: DAQ1500_0
Recommended for new designs: This product (or a similar replacement with a compatible form, fit and function) is estimated to be available for ten years or more.

Measure up to 2 load cells or Wheatstone Bridge-based sensors with this input module. Connects to a VINT port.

## $30.00 Quantity Available: 587 Qty Price 5$28.50
10 $27.00 25$24.00
50 $21.00 100$19.50
250 $18.00 500$16.50
1000 $15.00 The Wheatstone Bridge Phidget uses a high-resolution analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to read up to two load cells, strain gauges, pressure sensors, piezoelectric sensors, or Wheatstone Bridge-based sensors. Wheatstone Bridge-based sensors are a common type of resistive sensor that produces a small voltage differential. This Phidget connects to your computer through a VINT Hub. #### Features: • 24-bit analog to digital converter - Accurate measurements with a maximum resolution of 59.6 nV/V • Adjustable Resolution - Change the bridge gain in the software to 1, 2, 64, or 128. This change is not fixed but can be modified in your program when required. • Retrieve data as often as every 20 milliseconds on one channel or every 100 milliseconds on both channels simultaneously. #### VINT Hubs 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 Controlled By HUB0000_0$30.00 6 USB (Mini-USB)
HUB5000_0 $60.00 6 Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi) SBC3003_0$120.00 6

You can connect up to four load cells to the DAQ1500 in order to measure the amount of strain in the cell. See the product page or manual for your load cell to learn how to hook it up. We have a variety of types available to measure different types of strain: shear, compression, and tension. See the Load Cell Primer for more information.

Product Sensor Properties
Image Part Number Price Sensor Type Weight Capacity Max Creep Zero Balance Cell Repeatability Error Max Cell Non-Linearity Max Cell Hysteresis Max
3132_0 $6.00 Shear Load Cell 780 g 1.6 g/hr ± 11.7 g ± 390 mg 390 mg 390 mg 3133_0$7.00 Shear Load Cell 5 kg 5 g/hr ± 75 g ± 2.5 g 2.5 g 2.5 g
3134_0 $7.00 Shear Load Cell 20 kg 20 g/hr ± 300 g ± 10 g 10 g 10 g 3135_0$7.00 Shear Load Cell 50 kg 50 g/hr ± 750 g ± 25 g 25 g 25 g
3136_0 $45.00 Compression Load Cell 50 kg 20 g/hr ± 500 g ± 100 g 100 g 3137_0$45.00 Compression Load Cell 200 kg * 40 g/hr * ± 2 kg * ± 200 g * 400 g
3138_0 $45.00 Compression/Tension Load Cell 100 kg 3139_0$7.00 Shear Load Cell 100 g ± 50 mg 50 mg 50 mg
3140_0 $50.00 Compression/Tension Load Cell 500 kg 3141_0$50.00 Compression Load Cell 1 Mg

#### Strain Gauges

Strain gauges are ideal for situations where you want to monitor the strain in a material that's already a part of your project. By attaching strain gauges in a strategic way, you can effectively turn a load-bearing member into a custom load cell. You can read strain gauges using the DAQ1500 by connecting them as described in the Strain Gauge Primer.

Product Sensor Properties Electrical Properties
Image Part Number Price Sensor Type Strain Gauge Mount Type Resistance Value
3142_0 $12.50 Torque Half-bridge Strain Gauge Steel (per quarter-bridge) 1 kΩ 3143_0$12.50 Torque Half-bridge Strain Gauge Aluminum (per quarter-bridge) 1 kΩ
3144_0 $15.00 Half-bridge Strain Gauge Steel (per quarter-bridge) 1 kΩ 3145_0$15.00 Half-bridge Strain Gauge Aluminum (per quarter-bridge) 1 kΩ
3146_0 $17.50 Full-bridge Strain Gauge Steel (per quarter-bridge) 1 kΩ 3147_0$17.50 Full-bridge Strain Gauge Aluminum (per quarter-bridge) 1 kΩ

#### 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 3038_0$2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m CBL4104_0$1.75 300 mm
CBL4105_0 $2.00 900 mm CBL4106_0$2.50 1.5 m

## Part 1: Setup

### Select Device

Your Phidget must be connected to a device with a VINT port using a 3-wire Phidget cable.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

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

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

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 Windows Computer

● Connect VINT Device(s)

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

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

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

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Continue

## 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

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 Mac

● Connect VINT Device(s)

## 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.

## 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

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 Linux Computer

● Connect VINT Device(s)

## 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:

## 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.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

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

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

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. Select Next to 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 Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch (optional)

## Step 3: Verify Connection

Choose a setup method:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

2. On your mobile device, go to the Wi-Fi settings and connect to the HUB5000:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Once your device is connected to the HUB5000’s WiFi signal:

Click on the WiFi network and find an option that says “Manage router” or “Visit homepage”.

Go to your internet browser and type 192.168.100.1 in the address bar.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use it to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

6. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

7. Enter your Wifi Network details and click Save & Apply. It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

## Step 4: 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:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

3. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Enter your Wifi Network details to use your Hub wirelessly and click Save & Apply. You can then disconnect the ethernet cable.

It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

## Step 4: 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:

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

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

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Continue

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Here, you have the option to select the installation location. Select 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. 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 Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch (optional)

## Step 3: Verify Connection

Choose a setup method:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

2. On your mobile device, go to the Wi-Fi settings and connect to the HUB5000:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Once your device is connected to the HUB5000’s WiFi signal:

Click on the WiFi network and find an option that says “Manage router” or “Visit homepage”.

Go to your internet browser and type 192.168.100.1 in the address bar.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

6. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

7. Enter your Wifi Network details and click Save & Apply. It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidget Control Panel:

## Step 4: 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.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

3. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Enter your Wifi Network details to use your Hub wirelessly and click Save & Apply. You can then disconnect the ethernet cable.

It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidget Control Panel:

## Step 4: 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.

## 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

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 Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch (optional)

## Step 3: Verify Connection

Choose a setup method:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

2. On your mobile device, go to the Wi-Fi settings and connect to the HUB5000:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Once your device is connected to the HUB5000’s WiFi signal:

Click on the WiFi network and find an option that says “Manage router” or “Visit homepage”.

Go to your internet browser and type 192.168.100.1 in the address bar.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

6. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

7. Enter your Wifi Network details and click Save & Apply. It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: 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:

## 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.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

3. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Enter your Wifi Network details to use your Hub wirelessly and click Save & Apply. You can then disconnect the ethernet cable.

It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: 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:

## 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.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

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

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

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.

3d. Select Next.

## 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 Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch in the same network as your Windows PC

## 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.

Now that the SBC's ethernet connection is verified, it can be connected to wifi.

If you don't have a USB wifi adapter or you're planning to stay on ethernet, you can scroll down to

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

2. Create a password for your SBC. You'll use this to access the configuration page from now on.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

3. Navigate to Network -> Wireless. Select your Network, enter the wifi password and select Add This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

4. Scroll down to your saved networks, click on your network and select Join This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

5. It should now say connected in the status column.

You can now unplug the ethernet cable.

## 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:

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

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

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Continue

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Here, you have the option to select the installation location. Select 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. You may see a message that the extension has been blocked. Select Open Security Preferences.

3g. 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 Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch in the same network as your Mac

## Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidget Control Panel:

## Step 3: Verify Connection

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

Now that the SBC's ethernet connection is verified, it can be connected to wifi.

If you don't have a USB wifi adapter or you're planning to stay on ethernet, you can scroll down to

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

2. Create a password for your SBC. You will use this to access the configuration page from now on.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

3. Navigate to Network -> Wireless. Select your Network, enter the wifi password and select Add This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

4. Scroll down to your saved networks, click on your network and select Join This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

5. It should now say connected in the status column.

You can now unplug the ethernet cable.

## 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.

## 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

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 Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch in the same network as your Linux machine

## 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:

## 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

If everything is working, you 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.

Now that the SBC's ethernet connection is verified, it can be connected to wifi.

If you don't have a USB wifi adapter or you're planning to stay on ethernet, you can scroll down to

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

If you're using a terminal-only Linux machine, use the browser on your phone instead.

(If you use a phone, you need to enter the IP address your router assigned to the SBC instead of phidgetsbc.local)

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

2. Create a password for your SBC. You will use this to access the configuration page from now on.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

3. Navigate to Network -> Wireless. Select your Network, enter the wifi password and select Add This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

4. Scroll down to your saved networks, click on your network and select Join This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

5. It should now say connected in the status column.

You can now unplug the ethernet cable.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

6. Run the HelloWorld example again to confirm that your Phidgets are accessible over wifi.

## 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.

## Part 2: Using Your Phidget

The DAQ1500 reads two load cells, strain gauges or Wheatstone Bridge-based sensors. The Phidget reports results as a voltage ratio. To convert from voltage ratio to a quantity like weight or force, see the Calibration Guide in the Advanced Topics section.

### Explore Your Phidget Channels Using the Control Panel

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

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

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

## Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

How can I plot or record sensor data?

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

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.

Choosing a Gain Value

The DAQ1500 has the option to change the bridge gain, which improves measurement resolution at the cost of reducing your effective range. We recommend starting at 128x gain and testing your load cell with the maximum load you expect to see in your system. If you get any saturation error events, you should lower the gain and test again. Here are the specifications that vary with gain:

Load cells are pressure sensors that can be used with the DAQ1500. For more information, see our Load Cell Primer. If no documentation is available for your strain gauge, it is possible to use a multimeter to determine how to connect it, provided there are no electronics in the sensor. Measure resistance between the 4 wires. There are 6 wire combinations - two of the wire combinations will have a resistance 20-40% higher than the other four. Select one of the two high-resistance combinations, and wire it into 5V and G on the DAQ1500. Connect the other two wires into +/-. Apply a load, if the V/V responds in the opposite way to your expectations, flip the +/- wires.

Measurement Considerations

The DAQ1500 is designed to measure voltages as a ratio of the supply voltage - it is not practical to make measurements of absolute voltages with this product. For maximum accuracy, all wires from the DAQ1500 to the sensor should be the same length, thickness, and temperature (as the temperature will change the resistance of the wires). The bridge inputs can be powered down, reducing power consumption with DAQ1500 sensors. Powering down the bridge inputs is also useful for preventing the heating of sensors, which can introduce errors. Due to the drift that occurs during self-heating, we recommend you operate your DAQ1500 in one of two ways:

• Allow a 30-minute warm-up after the channel is enabled, before taking constant measurements for an extended period. The drift, due to self-heating of the wires, will eventually stop. Once stable, you can calibrate and measure.
• For occasional measurements, you should enable the channel, immediately take the measurement, and then disable the channel. By doing this, there is so little current moving through the wires that the device does not get a chance to heat up. You can also follow this process when calibrating.
The number I’m getting back from the DAQ1500 is really small

Load cells output a small voltage proportional to the amount of strain they are currently experiencing. The rated output for most load cells at full load is in the order of millivolts, so when you’re only straining the load cell at a fraction of its full load, you will get very small values. In order to convert to meaningful units like grams or newtons, you need to calibrate the load cell.

Calibration

For an in-depth guide on calibration, see Calibrating Analog Sensors.

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.

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:

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

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

#### Product Specifications

Board
Controlled By VINT
Number of Bridge Inputs 2
Bridge Inputs
Bridge Voltage Resolution 59.6 nV/V
Sampling Interval Max 60 s/sample
Sampling Interval Min ** 20 ms/sample
Bridge Current Max 50 mA
Input Voltage Limit Min Ground + 0.25V DC
Input Voltage Limit Max 5V Supply - 0.25V DC
Electrical Properties
Current Consumption Min 25 μA
Current Consumption Max *bridge current plus 1.5 mA
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 16 - 26 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
Customs Information
American HTS Import Code 8471.80.40.00
Country of Origin CN (China)

* - The extra 1.5mA of current consumption varies depending on the data interval selected. See the graph below for details.

** - If both channels are being used simultaneously, minimum data interval is 100ms.

#### Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
June 20170104Product Release

#### Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
Bridge Input VoltageRatioInput 0 - 1

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