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24U PHIDGETS PLUG-IN OVERVIEW

24U Phidgets Plug-In allows FileMaker Pro to interact with various Phidgets boards to let your solution control physical devices and physical devices to control your solution.

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  • Read and write RFID tags to track goods, assets and people
  • Capture sensor data to collect environmental data such as temperature or force
  • Control servo and stepper motors to automate moving parts of robots and machines
  • Read digital and analog inputs to control your solution by physical controls
  • Set digital and analog outputs to switch lights and other electrical devices
  • Display text on an LCD display to create custom user interface such as cashbox
  • Control phidgets over network to use sensors and devices located farther from your computer
  • New Compatibility with VINT  lets you use the latest Phidgets devices

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RFID

READ AND WRITE RFID TAGS

With 24U Phidgets Plug-In and the PhidgetRFID board you can read and write to RFID tags up to 6cm away. The latest board revision supports EM4100 series, ISO11785 FDX-B and PhidgetTag protocols and writes to T5577 tags.

By accessing the RFID tags directly your FileMaker solution can easily track people, animals, goods, assets, and other identifiable physical items, such as documents, faster than by typing their IDs on the keyboard.

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CAPTURE DATA FROM SENSORS

24U Phidgets Plug-In lets your FileMaker solution use Phidgets I/O Boards to read data from variety of environmental sensors, either upon request, or by triggering a script when some sensor’s value exceeds certain limit.

By reading sensor values, your FileMaker solution can collect environmental data such as temperature, force, or pressure, or respond to unexpected events in the physical world, such as overheating your lab or insufficient humidity in your greenhouse.

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servos

CONTROL SERVO MOTORS

The Phidgets Servo Controllers and PhidgetAdvancedServo 8-Motor boards are supported to control servo and stepper motors or actuators directly from FileMaker Pro.

By controlling motors and actuators your FileMaker Pro solution can literally move things in the physical world, such as window shaders or machine parts. You can even design an automated CNC lathe or cutter controlled solely by FileMaker Pro.

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Inputs

READ DIGITAL AND ANALOG INPUTS INCLUDING READ WHEATSTONE DIGITAL BRIDGES

24U Phidgets Plug-In can use the Phidgets I/O boards to read both digital and analog signal inputs. Digital inputs can be used to read the on/off state of buttons or switched while analog inputs can, in addition to sensor values, read the state of input devices such as knobs and sliders.

Whether you’re designing a point-of-sale terminal or an entertainment solution such as bowling, being able to read signals lets you design a completely customized physical interface while still running a FileMaker solution on the backend.

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Digi outputs

SET DIGITAL AND ANALOG OUTPUTS

The Phidgets I/O boards with digital outputs can be controlled by 24U Phidgets Plug-In to set the on/off state of up to 16 digital outputs per board. The digital outputs can be used to control electronic circuits as well as to switch high-current electrical devices using relays.

By controlling digital outputs your FileMaker solution can switch lights, turn on the heating or air condition, open doors, or allow and disallow the use of any electrically powered devices, all based on the data in your database.

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Digi outputs

CONTROL PHIDGETS OVER NETWORK

With 24U Phidgets Plug-In you can now connect to a remote PhidgetSBC or a Phidget WebService equipped computer and access any compatible Phidgets boards connected there.

By being able to connect to Phidgets over network your solution can now access sensors and control located farther from your computer, such as sensors in a factory or plant field, or door locks in the whole building.

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Digi outputs

DISPLAY TEXT ON LCD DISPLAY

You can use 24U Phidgets Plug-In to display text on an LCD screen through the PhidgetTextLCD board.

If you’re designing a FileMaker based point-of-sale or entertainment solution, being able to display text on a small LCD display now lets you create a fully customized hardware terminal and even control multiple terminals from a single copy of FileMaker Pro.

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Phidgets

NEW! 24U PHIDGETS PLUG-IN 3

24U Phidgets Plug-In 3 is the new version of our hardware integration plug-in for FileMaker Pro, improved to provide the following new features and more:

  • Support for VINT devices
  • Support for Stepper Controller
  • Support for SBC 4

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SUPPORT FOR VINT DEVICES

Phidgets Plug-In 3 fully supports the new VINT digital technology. VINT stands for Versatile Interface, and it’s the system that all modern Phidgets use to communicate. VINT makes the Phidgets devices more versatile and more affordable.

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The same VINT port interface can work as like digital input, digital output, analog output or as a smart VINT port, which you can connect other devices to.

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Network

SUPPORT FOR STEPPER CONTROLLER

The Phidgets Stepper controller is now supported by 24U Phidgets Plug-In 3 to control stepper motors directly from FileMaker Pro.

Thanks to stepper motor support you can now use the plug-in for applications that require low-to-medium acceleration, high holding torque, and the flexibility of open or closed loop operation.

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RFID Write

SUPPORT FOR SBC 4

SBC lets you control Phidgets over network. SBC 4 is a new version that comes with the new VINT ports integrated.

With the support for SBC 4 you can use this plug-in to control even the modern VINT Phidgets remotely over network.

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HOW IT WORKS

Phidgets are a system of low-cost electronic components and sensors designed and produced by Phidgets Inc., that are usually controlled by a personal computer. 24U Phidgets Plug-In lets you interact with these devices from within FileMaker Pro.

To access your Phidgets boards using 24U Phidgets Plug-In you need to install the Phidgets driver and connect the boards either to the computer’s USB port, or the Phidgets SBC, or to another computer with the Phidget WebService installed.

24U Phidgets Plug-In supports most Phidgets I/O boards, PhidgetRFID board, Phidgets Servo Controllers, and Phidgets LCD displays. If you don’t find your favorite Phidget supported yet, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will either consider adding its support for everyone or offer a custom-built version tailored to your needs.

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PLUG-IN FUNCTIONS

24U Phidgets Plug-In provides all its functionality to FileMaker Pro via the following set of external calculation functions:

  • Phidget_Version ( { versionFormat } )
  • Phidget_Register ( selector )
  • Phidget_Read ( phidgetSN ; valueID { ; index ; { extra } } )
  • Phidget_Write ( phidgetSN ; valueID ; data { ; index { ; tagProtocol } } )
  • Phidget_SetScriptEvent( phidgetSN ; event/time ; scriptName { ; index { ; changeAmount { ; threshold } } } )
  • Phidget_Get ( what { ; more ; index } )
  • Phidget_Set ( what ; value { ; phidgetSN ; index } )
  • Phidget_Connect ( address ; password {; port } )
  • Phidget_Disconnect ( address )

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System Requirements

24U Phidgets Plug-In 3 requires the following combination of operating system and FileMaker software versions to run:

Recomended configuration:

  • Mac OS X: Any Intel Mac, 4096 MB RAM, macOS High Sierra 10.13, FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced
  • Windows: Dual Core 1.6 GHz processor, 4096 MB RAM, Windows 10, FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced

Minimum requirements:

  • Mac OS X: Any Intel Mac since 2008, 2048 MB RAM, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, FileMaker Pro 14.
  • Windows: 1 GHz processor, 2048 MB RAM, Windows 7, FileMaker Pro 14.

FileMaker Pro Compatibility:

  • Fully compatible with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17
  • Compatible with FileMaker Pro 17 in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes
  • Compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of FileMaker Pro 17 on Windows
  • Older versions with limited functionality are available for FileMaker Pro 8 thru 11
  • Click here to download the latest Phidgets driver
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