Intro to Inertial Sensors: From Taps to Gestures to Locations
Check out this great talk from Elecia White (of the embedded.fm podcast) about inertial sensors like accelerometers, magnetometers, and gyroscopes. This is a fantastic introduction to these sensors and how you can use them in a project to detect motion, orientation, and more. Elecia shows a great demo that lights up a cube depending on the output of each sensor so you can get an intuitive understanding of how a gyroscope output differs from an accelerometer output for example. You’ll even see some Adafruit boards like the 9-DOF IMU mentioned in the talk. Watch the full talk to learn more and find great resources for further study.
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