The Yocto-Knob device provides easy reading of 5 input buttons, contacts, switches, or potentiometers (knobs) from USB. It is a kind of USB analog-to-digital converter (adc). You can also use it to read any analog resistive sensor, such as photodiodes.

On the device, 5 tiny LEDs constantly show the value of the 5 inputs, and 5 micro-switches connected in parallel to the inputs simplify the testing of your project.

If you need more than 5 channels, you might be interested in the Yocto-MaxiKnob.

This device can be connected directly to an Ethernet network using a YoctoHub-Ethernet, to a WiFi network using a YoctoHub-Wireless-n and to a GSM network using a YoctoHub-GSM.

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USB cables and enclosures to be ordered separately.

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Hardware release:Rev. B
Product name:Yocto-Knob
USB connector:micro-B
Refresh rate:250Hz
Protection class, according to IEC 61140:class III
Normal operating temperature:5...40°C
Extended operating temperature2:-30...85°C
Supported Operating Systems:Windows (PC + IoT), Linux (Intel + ARM), macOS, Android
Drivers:Driverless, no driver needed
API / SDK / Libraries:C++ Obj-C C# VB.NET UWP Delphi Python Java Android LabVIEW
API / SDK / Libraries (TCP only):Javascript Node.js PHP
RoHS compliance:RoHS III (2011/65/UE+2015/863)
Suggested enclosure:YoctoBox-Short-Thick-Black
Harmonized tariff code:9032.9000
Made in:Switzerland

1 These specifications are for the current hardware revision. Specifications for earlier revisions may differ.
2 The extended temperature range is defined based on components specifications and has been tested during a limited duration (1h). When using the device in harsh environments for a long period of time, we strongly advise to run extensive tests before going to production.

Accessories and related products

YoctoBox-Short-Thick-Black, Enclosure for Yoctopuce device (short, thick, black)Micro-USB-Hub-V2, Micro USB hub (multi-TT) with solder pads, for DIY useFix-2.5mm, screws and spacersUSB-A-MicroB-50, USB 2.0 type A to Micro-B data cable, 50 cmYocto-MaxiKnob, USB interface for buttons and RGB LEDs, with a buzzer

Related articles and application examples


User manual (HTML)
User manual (PDF)
Product brief
3D file (STEP)
RoHS certificate
REACH certificate
Most recent firmware56259 (08/24/2023)
Programming libraries61813 (07/05/2024)
Command line API61813 (07/05/2024)
VirtualHub application61813 (07/05/2024)

Add a comment 8 comments

1 - edward_valarm Wednesday,february 20,2013 18H21

Android™ app Valarm Pro v1.1.0 includes support for the incredibly fun and useful Yocto-Knob sensor! You can use these sensors/switches/dials to trigger alerts and/or record the conditions of a variety of cool stuff you might need to monitor. All without any programming: just configure Valarm on the host Android and away you go. Here are some ideas:

- Monitor any equipment with LED status lamps
- Monitor and alert you to the level of fluid (water) in a reservoir or tank (either in fifths, or with e-tape)
- Monitor burglar-alarm switches on doors and windows
- Alert you of flooding/presence of water on the floor or in a tub
- The lights go out unexpectedly in your indoor hydroponic garden
- Measure how far open a door or flap is (this is how the MAF sensor in some cars works)
- How many times your dog goes in and out the pet door every day
- Alert you when your laptop comes and goes from its stand, how much milk is left in the fridge, or anything else that might exert pressure/weight.
- Many, many more possibilities!

See http://valarm.net/yoctopuce for more information.


2 - edward_valarm Thursday,march 07,2013 20H09

Now available: HowTo tutorial for using the Yocto-Knob with Valarm for Flood Alerts and Water Detection! http://www.valarm.net/blog/use-valarm-sensor-for-flood-warning-and-water-detection/

3 - warunasampath Monday,december 29,2014 9H11

When the Yocto-Knob device is connected with the samsung tab two is not implemented. These instructions are for your attend.
Please give your kind attention as soon as possible.

Thank You.

4 - martinm (Yocto-Team)Monday,december 29,2014 9H31

@warunasampath: I don't understand your comment, please contact Yoctopuce support.

5 - nic Friday,december 30,2016 9H57

Can I use the Yocto-Knob device to measure the low voltage e.g. from a Lipo cell that powers a RaspberryPi?
Best regards,

6 - martinm (Yocto-Team)Friday,december 30,2016 10H02

@nic: No, the Yocto-Knob is meant to interact with resistive devices only (switches, potentiometers, photo-transistors etc...). Injecting current in the Yocto-Knob inputs is very likely to fry it.

7 - dudwo5929 Sunday,february 12,2017 13H48

i want to use it with potentiometer. but i don't know how can i connect it with potentiometer. i know that potentiometer have 3 lines(Volt, ground, output). which line is appropriate to each yocto-knob's channel?
Can you tell me by the picture?

8 - martinm (Yocto-Team)Sunday,february 12,2017 15H27

@dudwo5929: use the potentiometer center contact with any of two other ones, as described in the user manual:
Don't worry, even if you do it wrong, you won't break anything.

Yoctopuce, get your stuff connected.