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Accelerometer is a sensor that measures acceleration.

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Selecting an accelerometer for Deduced Reckoning

I have never used an accelerometer before, but I am aware that they come with I2C, SPI and analog outputs. If I choose to use an I2c or SPI, device, will I accumulate errors due to communication time? ...
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Do I really need a gyro for an airplane flight stabilization system?

I'm working on a basic airplane flight stabilization system, as the precursor to a full autopilot system. I'm using a salvaged Wii Motion Plus and Nunchuk to create a 6DOF IMU. The first goal is to ...
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Accelerometers in a self-balancing robot, can't we do better?

I'm currently reading on self-balancing robots that use an IMU (gyroscopes + accelerometers) to estimate their current tilt angle. Most documents that I have found say the same things: You can't ...
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Why do 3-axis accelerometers seemingly have a left-handed coordinate system?

Careful inspection of page 35 (figure 58) of the ADXL345 datasheet shows that under gravitational loading only, the chip uses a left-handed coordinate system. My own experiments with this chip ...
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Making a tiny robot by using a remote brain

I'd like to build a robot as small as possible and with as few "delicate" parts as possible (the bots will be bashing into each other). I was wondering if it was possible to use a small chip that ...
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How are units of noise measurement related to units of a sensor's data measurement?

I'm trying to understand how noise is represented for accelerometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers so that I can match the requirements of my project with the standard specs of these sensors. I ...
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What does “6 degrees of freedom” mean?

I am looking at this page that describes various characteristics of gyroscopes and accelerometers. Close to the end (where they speak about IMUs), the names of the items have something like this: 9 ...
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MEMS accelerometer calibration

I am trying to calibrate a MEMS accelerometer. I was able to calibrate it for the current axis which is parallel to gravity and shows correctly, 1g. But the other two axes which should be 0.00g are ...
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Paradox: I can't use accelerometer measurements to obtain information about my states in a quadcopter?

I'm currently developing an EKF to estimate the position and orientation of a quadcopter. My state vector is comprised of 3D position, 3D velocity, 3 euler angles and the angular velocity vector. ...
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How to estimate yaw angle from tri-axis accelerometer and gyroscope

I would like to estimate the yaw angle from accelerometer and gyroscope data. For roll and pitch estimate I've used the following trigonometric equations: ...
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Explanation of Quadcopter Dynamics, Components and Control

I am about to build my own quadcopter from scratch. However i am having problem with understanding how it is possible to control the quadcopter without knowing the current rpm of the BLDC motors. ...
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Is an accelerometer sufficient to detect displacement, or do I need an INS?

Do I need a complex system (of gyros, accelerometers etc.) to detect if a robot has moved forward or can I simply use an accelerometer. I'm building a robot that learns to walk and I need to detect ...
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Altitude hold for quadcopter with Accelerometer and Barometer

I wonder currently how to implement an altitude control for a quadcopter. I have atm just a barometer/GPS and an accelerometer. Barometer and GPS are relatively straight forward implemented, but not ...
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How much accuracy could I get position tracking with a 3-axis accelerometer and gyro sensor, and compass, and how would I do it?

Given a 12' x 12' field (4m x 4m), a reasonably cheap 3-axis gyro sensor and accelerometer, and compass, I plan to design a device capable of tracking its position to sub-centimeter accuracy for a ...
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Quadcopter Position Measurement (Accelerometer, GPS or Both)?

I previously thought that an accelerometer on a quadcopter is used to find the position by integrating the data got from it. After I read a lot and watched this Youtube video (specifically at time 23:...
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Accelerometer calibration - how to get cross-axis sensitivities

I've already asked a related question (accelerometer bias removal) here on robotics and got a bit better results on corrected accelerometer output. To get even better results I found the calibration ...
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calculating position based on accelerometer data

Please help me with the following task. I have MPU 9150 from which I get acceleration/gyro and magnetometer data. What I'm currently interested in is to get the orientation and position of the robot. ...
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Does multiple IMU increase accuracy

I'm just starting up with IMU's and I really want to work on my own flight controller, but a question always hits my mind and I am not able to find answer anywhere, so I'm here. Will multiple IMUs ...
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Drift in Integrating Angular Acceleration to Angular Velocity using two accelerometer data

I am trying to integrate Angular acceleration obtained from a set of accelerometers positioned specifically at opposite corners of a cube, based on "EcoIMU: A Dual Triaxial-Accelerometer Inertial ...
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Visualizing raw accelerometer and gyro data

I have an arduino wired to an MPU6050 breakout board. The arduino continuously collects accelerometer and gyroscope data from the MPU6050 and calculates angle and velocity. Simply plotting the ...
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If I must fly my drone in bad weather, how can I maintain control of it in strong winds?

If I need to fly a drone in strong winds, how can I stabilize it? Should I use accelerometers and gyroscopes to keep it steady? Or should I just use some flight technique under such circumstances?
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How to interpret and use values of an accelerometer

Currently, I'm building a quadcopter using Arduino. To make the copter able to stabilize I use an mpu6050 accelerometer + gyroscope. I understand that I can get the angle of rotation by integrating ...
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How to calculate Euler Angles from gyroscope output?

I am using a tri-axis accelerometer and tri-axis gyroscope to measure the linear acceleration of a body. I need to get the orientation of the body in euler form in order to rotate the accelerometer ...
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Complimentary filter issues

I'm trying to implement the complimentary filter to get Euler angles using accelerometer and gyroscope data. Attached is the MATLAB code that I have along with a data set. The data corresponds to ...
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Simulate IMU (2D gyro and accelerometer) data

If I have a robot path in 2D space, i.e. a vector of (x,y) locations, and I need to generate artificial IMU data (simulate them), how would I go about it? How do I model equations to generate the ...
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Is increasing gyro , accelerometer sensor range is good or bad ? how does it affect the accuracy

I've been using mpu6050 IMU unit ( gyro + accelerometer ) I found that I can set acc range to +/- 2g or 4g till 16 g and same for gyro +/- 250 deg/sec , 500 deg/sec and so I know that they are ...
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Coordinate transform of accelerometer on rigid body

I have a question about something that seems like it would be pretty basic, but so fair I haven't been able to find a whole lot of discussion on the issue. It's possible I'm not not familiar enough ...
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KF/ EKF - Modelling and tuning noise matrices and other parameters

I am developing C++ code to estimate roll and pitch of a camera using accelerometer and gyroscope. The roll, pitch and yaw are in my state space ($X_t$) and the process is modeled as: $\bar{X_t} = X_{...
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Wearable Accelerometor

I've worked with wiimote accelerometer, but I think now I want to move past that. Mostly because I want to have a wider range of available gestures and I think that using only one accelerometer has ...
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Tracking with accelerometer and gyro versus multiple accelerometers

I'm building quadcopter and most of the control systems use one accelerometer and gyro. I've read few papers and usually accelerometer is used as reference to the ground because gyro slowly drifts ...
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Compensation for IMU mounting misalignment

I have an MPU6050 IMU and I would like to mount it on an FSAE car and use it to measure the yaw, pitch, roll, and angular velocities as it drives. As it's impossible to mount it perfectly flat and ...
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Can I use a 3D gimbal system as a simplistic quadcopter IMU(3 axis accelerometer)?

i have 3d gimbal system and i want to use this sensor in place of IMU(3 axsis accelerometer) in Quadcopter
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MMA7361 Accelerometer Always Displays Same Values

I recently purchased a 3-axis accelerometer from Amazon, and can't seem to find how it works. I've been looking for quite a while now, and haven't found any real clues. The x, y, and z values always ...
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How reliable are IMUs for a long usage (6 hours) rotation (only) tracking?

I know they are bad for positional tracking and drift from actual position over time but would like to know what is the situation with rotation only. I know Oculus DK1 used ordinary off-the-shelf ...
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Do walking robots use accelerometers?

My understanding of walking robots (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJlkBBdyBYI) is that they use a gyroscope to determine the current orientation of the robot, or each joint of the robot. This ...
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NXT Segway problem. Need advice/help

I'm attempting to build a segway robot using a gyrosensor and accelerometer. I'm having trouble getting the robot to remain standing, for some reason, and I can't identify the problem. Here's what I ...
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How can I compensate for pendulum and cart motion when using an accelerometer to detect the tilt angle?

I have an accelerometer mounted to an inverted pendulum (i.e. a cart-pole robot) which I'm using to measure the tilt angle from the vertical upright position (+y direction). If the inverted pendulum ...
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Measuring vehicle's forward and lateral acceleration using a smartphone [closed]

I want to measure the acceleration (forward and lateral separately) using an android smartphone device in order to be able to analyse the driving behavior. My approach would be as follows: 1. ...
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Instantaneous velocity calculation from accelerometer?

I am trying derive velocity from accelerometer (MPU9250 in sensor-tag board). I saw lot of blogs which talk about noise and exact estimation problems. I started seeing velocity derivation (integration ...
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Localising a robot placed at an unknown position in a known environment

I am a third-year electrical engineering student and am working on an intelligent autonomous robot in my summer vacations. The robot I am trying to make is supposed to be used in rescue operations. ...
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Accelerometer deterministic errors

I am working on MEMS accelerometers, and I want to understand the difference between, Cross axis sensitivity Axis Misalignment Non Orthogonality In literature, people use it interchangeably. ...
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How to combine an accelerometer and a gyroscope to find robot location and orientation in 2D/3D space [duplicate]

I have data from an accelerometer that measures X,Y,Z acceleration and data from a gyroscope that measure pitch, roll and yaw. How would I combine this data to find robot location and orientation in ...
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Accelerometer bias removal

I found a good explanation on how to remove accelerometer bias (when on flat table only one axis should show values, the other two should be 0). I've calculated S and B factors (page 3): Record $...
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Angular Velocity from dual tri axial accelerometers

Can anyone throw some light on using accelerometers to measure angular acceleration and hence angular velocity. This approach is to avoid gyroscopes due to drifting errors. Any links for this also ...
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Which sensor type most accurately measures position?

We're building an 6dof joystick, and we need to accurately measure the displacement of our central device. We can easily use a mechanical connection to the edges, but there has been some discussion ...
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How do I get MPU 6050 gyroscope data using “MPU6050_6Axis_MotionApps20.h” library

I'm currently calibrating the MPU6050 chip using an arduino mega 2560. I am using the J Rowberg 12c dev libraries. I can get it to print raw accelerometer and gyroscpe values (very unstable, wildly ...
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Accelerometers error (BMA020 and BMA180)

Recently I am working with two accelerometers: BMA020 and BMA180. I will try to explain my problem using BMA020 as example because it is less accurate therefore problem is more visible. When I hold my ...
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What is required to get the roll, pitch and yaw of an aerial vehicle?

TL, DR : What is the method(in terms of sensors and algorithm) to get the roll, pitch and yaw of an aircraft at any instant. I am planning to build a hobby aircraft. I am so confused about which kind ...
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Angles from gyroscope readings using quaternions

I am using gyroscope only to get real time angles as I move the IMU using a micro controller. I am able to get angles at a pretty decent accuracy(2 to 3 degree error). I am using quaternions for ...
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What sensors and algorithms are used in Digital Pen for tracking hand writing?

Could anyone tell what are the sensors used in a digital pen which or specifically Equil smart pen and smart marker which can track hand writings. Is it MEMS based??If Yes, Is it MEMS accelerometer ...