Are you looking for an easy way to detect orientation, or how something is rotated? You could use a 9 or 10-degree of freedom breakout that includes an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and more but what do you do once you have all that sensor data? Unless you’re an expert in Kalman filters and advanced math you’ll need some way to fuse all the noisey raw sensor data into an accurate orientation reading. Luckily the BNO055 absolute orientation sensor can handle all the tricky sensor fusion for you using a little on-board ARM processor. Using a Python module you can talk to the BNO055 sensor from your Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone Black and bring the magic of orientation sensing to your next project!
In this guide I’ll show how to connect a BNO055 absolute orientation sensor to a Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone Black. I’ll also show how to use a Python module to talk to the sensor and get orientation readings. Finally I’ll walk through a demonstration of the sensor that uses WebGL to display and rotate a 3D model on a webpage based on the orientation of the BNO055 sensor.
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