Function: The optical shaft encoder is used to measure both relative position of and rotational distance traveled by a shaft. It works by shining light onto the edge of a disk outfitted with evenly spaced slits around the circumference. As the disk spins, light passes through the slits and is blocked by the opaque spaces between the slits. The encoder then detects how many slits have had light shine through, and in which direction the disk is spinning.
Applications: The optical shaft encoder can be used to track distance traveled, direction of motion, or position of any rotary component, such as a gripper arm.
Compatible with the VEX Cortex Microcontroller and Flowol 4 Software.
Measure Angular Travel.
Determine Rotational Direction.
Calculate Shaft Speed.
Calculate Distance Traveled.
Increase Navigational Control.
More Autonomous Functionality.
Outputs: 3-Wire Cable