Tag Archives: accelerometer

Embedded orientation detection using the MMA8450Q


NXP’s accelerometer chip MMA8450Q, provides orientation detection on handheld devices:

This application note targets the portrait/landscape orientation detection feature which has become standard in many hand-held electronic devices. Additionally, this application note aims to explain uses as well as highlight some of the challenges of designing an embedded algorithm into the sensor. Included in content, the embedded settings of the MMA8450Q are explained and detailed for implementation.

Embedded orientation detection using the MMA8450Q – [Link]

BMX160 from Bosch Sensortec, a New Smallest 9-axis Motion Sensor

Bosch Sensortec announced a new 9-axis motion sensor, the BMX160, on June 21, 2016. BMX160 targets smartphones, smartwatches and other wearables applications. It has a low power consumption (580 μA), which is proper for long working time on battery for this type of applications, also BMX160 is fully Android Marshmallow compliant.

BMX160 integrates 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic. This new sensor comes in 14-pin 2.5 × 3.0 × 0.95 mm³ LGA package and Sensortec claims that it’s the world’s smallest 9-axis motion sensor until now.

BMX160BMX160 is fully compatible to BMI160 to easy upgrade your design from the 6-axes measurement unit to the 9-axes one. It has 1024 byte FIFO buffer and a wide VDD voltage range from 1.71V to 3.6V and a VDDIO range from 1.2V to 3.6V.

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Tiny motion sensor fits wearable devices


by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:

Bosch Sensortec’s BMX160 is a 9-axis motion sensor touted as the smallest in the industry for wearable and augmented/virtual-reality devices. The miniature device is housed in a 2.5×3.0×0.95-mm, 14-pin LGA package, small enough for smartphones, smart watches, fitness trackers, and even smart eyewear and jewelry.

Combining an accelerometer, gyroscope, and geomagnetic sensor, the BMX160 meets the increasingly more stringent low-power requirements required by wearable devices. The BMX160 reduces power consumption to below 1.5 mA and effectively replaces the mainstream two-component design, which employs a 6-axis inertial measurement unit and a 3-axis geomagnetic sensor.

Tiny motion sensor fits wearable devices – [Link]

LSM6DSL – 3D accelerometer and 3D gyroscope


Two low-power 6-axis inertial modules introduced from STMicroelectronics, the LSM6DSL and LSM6DSM. Both they pack a 3-D digital accelerometer and a 3-D digital gyroscope in a miniature package. These modules consume 0.4 mA in combo normal mode and 0.65 mA in combo high-performance mode, cutting power consumption by as much as 50% over their current predecessors. The LSM6DSL has a full-scale acceleration range of ±2/±4/±8/±16 g and an angular rate range of ±125/±245/±500/±1000/±2000 dps.

LSM6DSL – 3D accelerometer and 3D gyroscope – [Link]

Datalogging Accelerometer Data To An SDCard


MindForge @ 43oh.com build a datalogger board which logs accelerometer values on a SD Card. The datalogger is built around an MSP430G2755 microcontroller and ADXL335 accelerometer sensor from Analog Devices.

his project started as an EMG datalogger to study my dad’s Parkinson’s disease, but after some testing I determined wearing electrodes wasn’t practical for the long term datalogging that I wanted to do, the data ended up very noisy due to RF interference and shoddy electrode to skin connections.
I moved away from the EMG idea and began working on a low-cost low-power consumption accelerometer datalogger instead.

Datalogging Accelerometer Data To An SDCard – [Link]

Intel and Banzi presented Arduino 101 and Genuino 101


by Zoe Romano @ blog.arduino.cc:

Today during Opening Conference at Maker Faire Rome, Josh Walden Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation and Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino, announced the upcoming release of Arduino 101 (U.S.) and Genuino 101 (outside the U.S.). The board features a 32-bit Intel® Quark™ microcontroller for minimal power consumption, 384 kB of flash memory, 80 kB of SRAM (24kB available for sketches), an integrated DSP sensor hub, Bluetooth* Low Energy radio, and 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope.

We collaborated with Intel to provide the maker community an affordable learning and development board ideal for entry-level makers and education environments and also the first widely available development board based on the tiny, low-power Intel Curie module.

Intel and Banzi presented Arduino 101 and Genuino 101 – [Link]

9-axis motion sensor and MCU reside in tiny package


by Susan Nordyk:

Housed in a 5.2×3.8×1.1-mm package, Bosch Sensortec’s BMF055 9-aix sensor combines an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer with a 32-bit MCU to enable easy programming and customization. It can be used by designers creating advanced application-specific sensor fusion algorithms for robotics, gaming, remote controls, navigation systems, drones, and human interface devices for IoT projects.

The BMF055 system-in-package integrates a triaxial 14-bit accelerometer, a triaxial 16-bit gyroscope with a range of ±2000 degrees per second, and a triaxial geomagnetic sensor. Based on a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ core running at up to 48 MHz, the Atmel SAM D20 microcontroller employed by the BMF055 provides in-system programmable flash memory and a rich set of peripherals and interfaces.

9-axis motion sensor and MCU reside in tiny package – [Link]

Arduino Watch With Altitude, Temperature, Compass And Pedometer


by benhur.goncalves @ instructables.com:

Hi folks! Last few days I’ve been obsessed with the idea to make my own watch from arduino parts, but something cool I could use and say I did it myself. So I found out there was a sensor board (commonly named GY-87) which had three sensors on it: HMC5883L (compass), BMP085 (pressure, altitude, temperature) and MPU6050 (accelerometer and gyroscope). With it, via I2C, I could add an Arduino Pro Mini, and an I2C Oled Display and make a watch capable of having all this information, plus a pedometer (by analysing accelerometer data).

Arduino Watch With Altitude, Temperature, Compass And Pedometer – [Link]