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Swipe3D v1.1 $36.58US
2 - 6 : $34.75US ( save 5% )
7 - 19 : $32.92US ( save 10% )
20 + : $29.26US ( save 20% )
excl. sales tax

A sensor that recognizes a variety of hand gestures: swiping up/down/left/right, and moving near to or away from the sensor. Leave your fans in awe of your magic hand motions. Doubles as a proximity sensor, up to 20 cm (8 inch) distance. Triples as a color sensor, ie. measures ambient, red, green and blue light levels. A digital I2C sensor, that outputs calibrated, high resolution, low-noise signals.

Requires a WiDig, or USB-microDig running firmware v7.5 or higher.

Application examples

  1. Detect up, down, left, right, near and far gestures.
  2. Measure proximity of objects like hands.
  3. Determine the color of objects. Measure ambient, red, green and blue light levels.
  4. Update your keyboard with this handy gadget.
  5. Create a fancy control panel by combining it with Push sensors (Push, Push3D), Reach sensors (Reach, ReachClose), Slide sensors (eg. Slide-50, Slide-200, Slide-500, SlideRound, SlideWide), Touch sensors (Touch, TouchMicro-05 TouchMicro-10, TouchMini, TouchMiniOn, TouchStrip) and Turn sensors to name a few.

Technical specifications

Product Swipe3D sensor
Version 1.0 (September 2017)
Sensing parameter gesture, proximity, color
Sensing method modulated IR light sensor
Active volume approx. 60 ° cone
Range 10 cm to 20 cm (3.9 to 7.9 inch), with hand as reflective object
Response time less than 250 ms (gesture sensing), less than 1 ms (proximity sensing), 3 to 712 ms (color sensing)
IR LED wavelength 950 nm
Optical sensor spectral response 350 to 700 nm for color sensing, 750 to 1050 nm for gesture/proximity sensing
Power supply 4.75 - 5.25 V DC, 37 mA (gestures) / 12 mA (proximity) / 1 mA (color) / 100 mA (max) at 5 V
Operating temperature -30 to 85 °C (-22 to 185 °F)
Dimensions 14 x 14 x 5 mm (0.55 x 0.55 x 0.2 inch)
Mounting two 2.5 mm (0.10 inch) mounting holes diagonally spaced apart 9.0 mm (0.35 inch)
Cable 1.0 m (39 inch), shielded, red wire = power, black wire = ground, grey wire = I2C data (SDA), white wire = I2C clock (SCL), extendable at least 5 m (16 ft) with ExtendCableD-05
Connector male 1x4 plug with a row of 4 pins in a row spaced 2.54 mm (0.100 inch)
Weight 11 g (0.39 oz), incl. cable
Software support
  • Our EditorX software allows you to configure the digitizer to process and map the sensor data of multiple sensors simultaneously.

  • We will soon release dedicated software for using this sensor in host mode. Ask us about it !
Application notes
  1. Make sure the sensor is plugged into the digitizer with the red wire connected to power. Reversing the plug may cause damage to the sensor.
  2. Requires a USB-microDig running firmware v7.5 or higher.
  3. The default I2C address is 57 (0x39). Both I2C lines have 10 kOhm pull-up resistors.
  4. Our software enables you to use most features of this sensor. In EditorX, use the method parameter to set the sensor (method #0) to output a different type of message (with different values to distinguish between either gesture) for each of the up/down, left/right, near/far gesture pairs when detected, (methods #1-6) to output a message only when the up/down/left/right/near/far gesture (selected by the method number) is detected, (method #10) to output the proximity of an object or (method #20) to output the red/green/blue/ambient light levels.
  5. See the Swipe3D function description in the firmware documentation for more details about the various methods available in host and standalone mode.
  6. For more technical specs, and to find out how to access the sensor data in detail, please consult this datasheet.
  7. The number of Swipe3D sensors that can be used with one USB-microDig is determined by the maximum current that can be supplied to the sensors by the USB-microDig, ie. 240 mA divided by the current required by the Swipe3D, ie. 37 mA (when using it to detect gestures), so that at most 6 Swipe3D can be used.
  8. Due to the modulation of the light that is used to detect a reflecting object the sensor is insensitive to ambient light variations.
  9. Glass or other transparent surfaces can be placed in front of the sensor but may affect range and/or accuracy.
  10. To extend the cable, use ExtendCableD-01 and/or the ExtendCableD-10.

This page was updated on Friday 07 April 2023.
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