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Esplora Accelerometer

This sketch shows you how to read the values from the accelerometer. To see it in action, open the Arduino serial monitor on your computer and tilt the board. You'll see the accelerometer values for each axis change as you tilt the board.

Hardware Required

  • Arduino Esplora

Circuit

Only your Arduino Esplora is needed for this example. Connect the Esplora to your computer with a USB cable and open the Arduino's Serial Monitor.

Accelerometer to send data to your computer from the Esplora

Code

To send data to your computer, you need to open a serial connection. use Serial.begin() to open a serial port at 9600 baud on the Esplora.

The Esplora.readAccelerometer() function gets the values from the accelerometer. It needs an argument telling it what axis you're reading from: X_AXIS, Y_AXIS, or Z_AXIS. Each axis will give you a value between 0 and 1023.

To send the values to the Serial Monitor, you call Serial.print(). When the Esplora is connected, and the Serial Monitor is open, you should start to see values reported like this twice a second :

x: 6	y: -128	z: 27
x: 2	y: -138	z: 19
x: 9	y: -137	z: 20

/*
  Esplora Accelerometer
 
 This  sketch shows you how to read the values from the accelerometer.
 To see it in action, open the serial monitor and tilt the board. You'll see
 the accelerometer values for each axis change when you tilt the board
 on that axis.
 
 Created on 22 Dec 2012
 by Tom Igoe
 
 This example is in the public domain.
 */


#include <Esplora.h>

void setup()
{
  Serial.begin(9600);        // initialize serial communications with your computer
}

void loop()
{
  int xAxis = Esplora.readAccelerometer(X_AXIS);    // read the X axis
  int yAxis = Esplora.readAccelerometer(Y_AXIS);    // read the Y axis
  int zAxis = Esplora.readAccelerometer(Z_AXIS);    // read the Z axis

  Serial.print("x: ");      // print the label for X
  Serial.print(xAxis);      // print the value for the X axis
  Serial.print("\ty: ");    // print a tab character, then the label for Y
  Serial.print(yAxis);      // print the value for the Y axis
  Serial.print("\tz: ");    // print a tab character, then the label for Z
  Serial.println(zAxis);    // print the value for the Z axis

  delay(500);              // wait half a second (500 milliseconds)
}

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