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PHIDGETS Inc.

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Accelerometer Phidget

ID: MOT1100_0

Measure acceleration up to ±8g in each axis with the 3-Axis Accelerometer Phidget. Connects to a VINT port.

$20.00

Quantity Available: 488

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Accelerometers are the quintessential motion sensor, from robotics to motion capture. The Accelerometer Phidget measures up to ±8g (or 78.5 m/s²) in each axis, which is more than you'll ever produce in most ordinary applications. The MOT1100 connects to a port on a VINT Hub. See the "Comaptible Products" tab for a list of hubs.

The most common use for an accelerometer is to measure the movement of an object, such as a person or robotic vehicle. You can compare the acceleration values on each axis to determine the direction and strength of the acceleration, and in some situations, even estimate velocity and position. An accelerometer could also be used to detect vibration. For example, mounted to a walking surface, it could be used to record the footsteps of a person walking or running. Another common way to use an accelerometer is as a tilt sensor. When mounted on a stationary object, an accelerometer will measure ≈1g downward (due to the earth's gravity). If the object is tilted, the angle of this 1g acceleration will change and this change can be measured.

Other Options

The Accelerometer Phidget works best in applications that care mostly about the direction and approximate strength of movement. If you need more precise measurements, have a look at the "Other Spatials" tab for more appropriate options.

Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By VINT
Accelerometer
Acceleration Measurement Max ± 8 g
Acceleration Measurement Resolution 1 mg
Accelerometer Noise ± 5 mg
Sampling Interval Min 20 ms/sample
Sampling Interval Max 60 s/sample
Electrical Properties
Current Consumption Max * 2.3 mA
Current Consumption Min 319 μA
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C

* - Current consumption varies depending on selected data interval. See the technical section of the User Guide for details.

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
3-Axis Accelerometer Accelerometer 0

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Library & Driver Downloads

Code Samples

APILanguageOS
Accelerometer C Multiple Download
Accelerometer C# Windows Download
Accelerometer Java Multiple Download
Accelerometer Java Android Download
Accelerometer JavaScript Any Download
Accelerometer Objective-C macOS Download
Accelerometer Python Multiple Download
Accelerometer Visual Basic .NET Windows Download

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
January 20180201Product Release
MOT1100 Functional.jpeg

Required Hardware

Connecting the Pieces

  1. Connect the MOT1100 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.


Testing Using Windows

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the MOT1100, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.


The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines. If you would like to follow along, first take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:


Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the MOT1100.

First Look

After plugging the MOT1100 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

MOT1100 Panel.jpg


The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.


The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

Accelerometer

Double-click on the Accelerometer object "Accelerometer Phidget" in order to run the example:

MOT1100 Accelerometer Example.jpg


General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • Modify the change trigger and/or data interval value by dragging the sliders. For more information on these settings, see the data interval/change trigger page.
  • The measured values reported in g-force can be seen via labels as well as graphical dials. Try tilting the MOT1100 in different directions to see the labels and graphics change.
  • An extremely accurate timestamp is also reported with the g-force values.


Testing Using Mac OS X

  1. Go to the Quick Downloads section on the Mac OS X page.
  2. Download and run the Phidget OS X Installer
  3. Click on System Preferences >> Phidgets (under Other) to activate the Preference Pane
  4. Make sure your device is properly attached
  5. Double click on your device's objects in the listing to open them. The Preference Pane and examples will function very similarly to the ones described above in the Windows section.

Testing Using Linux

For a general step-by-step guide on getting Phidgets running on Linux, see the Linux page.

Using a Remote OS

We recommend testing your Phidget on a desktop OS before moving on to remote OS. Once you've tested your Phidget, you can go to the PhidgetSBC, or iOS pages to learn how to proceed.

Technical Details

Current Consumption

The current consumption of this device depends on what the data interval is set to.

Acccurrent.jpg

Further Reading

For more information on how to use an accelerometer, have a look at the Accelerometer Primer.

What to do Next

  • Software Overview - Find your preferred programming language here to learn how to write your own code with Phidgets!
  • General Phidget Programming - Read this general guide to the various aspects of programming with Phidgets. Learn how to log data into a spreadsheet, use Phidgets over the network, and much more.
  • Phidget22 API - The API is a universal library of all functions and definitions for programming with Phidgets. Just select your language and device and it'll give you a complete list of all properties, methods, events, and enumerations that are at your disposal.

VINT Hubs

This Phidget is a smart device that must be controlled by a VINT Hub. For more information about VINT, have a look at the VINT Primer. You can use a Phidget Cable to simply and easily connect the two devices. Here's a list of all of the different VINT Hubs currently available:

Product Board
Image Part Number Price Number of VINT Ports
HUB0000_0 $30.00 6
SBC3003_0 $120.00 6

Phidget Cables

Use a Phidget cable to connect this device to the hub. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3034_0 $1.50 150 mm
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m

Have a look at our spatial boards:

Product Accelerometer Gyroscope Magnetometer
Image Part Number Price Acceleration Measurement Max Acceleration Measurement Resolution Gyroscope Speed Max Gyroscope Resolution Magnetometer Resolution Magnetic Field Max
1041_0B $40.00 ± 8 g 976.7 μg
1042_0B $70.00 ± 8 g 976.7 μg ± 2000°/s 0.07°/s 3 mG 5.5 G
1043_0B $80.00 ± 2 g 76.3 μg
1044_0B $140.00 ± 2 g 76.3 μg 3 mG 5.5 G
MOT1100_0 $20.00 ± 8 g 1 mg
MOT1101_0 $30.00 ± 8 g 1 mg ± 2000°/s * 0.07°/s 300 μG ± 8 G