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Sensors / Accel, Gyro, and Magnetometers

Accelerometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers are the three main sensors we use for detecting motion and orientation! Adafruit makes several breakout boards featuring accelerometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers. These three combined make a triple-threat project of really orienting yourself.

We can sense motion with an accelerometer. Accelerometers are used to measure acceleration - that means linear motion in X, Y or Z. They can be used to detect when they are being moved around, detect motion, shock or vibration. They can also be used to detect gravitational pull in order to detect orientation or tilt.

Gyroscopes are used to measure rotational motion in X, Y or Z. They are often paired with accelerometers for inertial guidance systems, 3D motion capture and inverted pendulum (e.g. Segway) type applications.

Magnetometers can sense where the strongest magnetic force is coming from, generally used to detect magnetic north, but can also be used for measuring magnetic fields. When combined with accelerometers and gyroscopes you can stabilize orientation calculations and also determine orientation with respect to the Earth.

We even stock many 6-DoF sensors (which combine accelerometer+gyroscope), eCompasses (accelerometer+magnetometer) and 9-DoF sensors that have all-three-kinds-in-one.

Adafruit LIS3DH Triple-Axis Accelerometer (+-2g/4g/8g/16g)

PRODUCT ID: 2809
$4.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit 9-DOF Absolute Orientation IMU Fusion Breakout - BNO055

PRODUCT ID: 2472
$34.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit 9-DOF Absolute Orientation IMU Fusion Breakout - BNO055 - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4646
$19.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit Triple-Axis Accelerometer - ±2/4/8g @ 14-bit - MMA8451

PRODUCT ID: 2019
$7.95
OUT OF STOCK

Adafruit 9-DOF Accel/Mag/Gyro+Temp Breakout Board - LSM9DS1

PRODUCT ID: 3387
$14.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit ISM330DHCX + LIS3MDL FeatherWing - High Precision 9-DoF IMU

PRODUCT ID: 4569
$17.50
IN STOCK

Adafruit Precision NXP 9-DOF Breakout Board - FXOS8700 + FXAS21002

PRODUCT ID: 3463
$14.95
IN STOCK

ADXL345 - Triple-Axis Accelerometer (+-2g/4g/8g/16g) w/ I2C/SPI

PRODUCT ID: 1231
$17.50
OUT OF STOCK

Adafruit 9-DOF LSM9DS1 Breakout Board - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4634
$12.50
85 IN STOCK

Adafruit Wide-Range Triple-axis Magnetometer - MLX90393

PRODUCT ID: 4022
$9.95
IN STOCK

ADXL335 - 5V ready triple-axis accelerometer (+-3g analog out)

PRODUCT ID: 163
$14.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit H3LIS331 Ultra High Range Triple-Axis Accelerometer - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4627
$24.95
33 IN STOCK

Adafruit Triple-axis Magnetometer - LIS3MDL - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4479
$5.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit LSM6DSOX + LIS3MDL FeatherWing - Precision 9-DoF IMU

PRODUCT ID: 4565
$14.95
OUT OF STOCK

Adafruit LIS331 Triple-Axis Wide-Range ±24g Accelerometer - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4626
$10.95
88 IN STOCK

Triple-axis Accelerometer+Magnetometer (Compass) Board - LSM303

PRODUCT ID: 1120
$14.95
56 IN STOCK

Adafruit MPU-6050 6-DoF Accel and Gyro Sensor - STEMMA QT Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 3886
$6.95
IN STOCK

ADXL343 - Triple-Axis Accelerometer (+-2g/4g/8g/16g) w/ I2C/SPI

PRODUCT ID: 4097
$5.95
77 IN STOCK

Adafruit LSM6DS33 6-DoF Accel + Gyro IMU - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4480
$5.95
IN STOCK

FLORA Accelerometer/Compass Sensor - LSM303 - v1.0

PRODUCT ID: 1247
$14.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit LSM6DS33 + LIS3MDL - 9 DoF IMU with Accel / Gyro / Mag - STEMMA QT Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4485
$9.95
62 IN STOCK

Adafruit LSM303AGR Accelerometer Magnetometer - STEMMA QT Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4413
$8.95
IN STOCK

L3GD20H Triple-Axis Gyro Breakout Board - L3GD20/L3G4200 Upgrade - L3GD20H

PRODUCT ID: 1032
$12.50
IN STOCK

ADXL326 - 5V ready triple-axis accelerometer (+-16g analog out)

PRODUCT ID: 1018
$17.95
85 IN STOCK

Adafruit ISM330DHCX - 6 DoF IMU - Accelerometer and Gyroscope - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4502
$14.95
15 IN STOCK

Adafruit LSM6DSOX 6 DoF Accelerometer and Gyroscope - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4438
$11.95
57 IN STOCK

Nunchucky (Wii Nunchuck breakout adapter)

PRODUCT ID: 345
$3.00
OUT OF STOCK

Adafruit TLV493D Triple-Axis Magnetometer - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4366
$5.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit MSA301 Triple Axis Accelerometer - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4344
$4.50
IN STOCK

Adafruit LSM6DSOX + LIS3MDL - Precision 9 DoF IMU - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4517
$14.95
IN STOCK

Raspberry Pi Sense HAT - For the Pi 3 / 2 / B+ / A+

PRODUCT ID: 2738
$39.95
60 IN STOCK

Adafruit ICM-20649 Wide Range ±30g ±4000dps 6-DoF IMU - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4464
$14.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit Triple-axis Magnetometer - LIS2MDL - STEMMA QT / Qwiic

PRODUCT ID: 4488
$5.95
IN STOCK

ADXL377 - High-G Triple-Axis Accelerometer (+-200g Analog Out)

PRODUCT ID: 1413
$24.95
2 IN STOCK

Adafruit 9-DOF IMU Breakout - L3GD20H + LSM303

PRODUCT ID: 1714
DISCONTINUED

Adafruit 10-DOF IMU Breakout - L3GD20H + LSM303 + BMP180

PRODUCT ID: 1604
DISCONTINUED

FLORA 9-DOF Accelerometer/Gyroscope/Magnetometer - LSM9DS0 - v1.0

PRODUCT ID: 2020
DISCONTINUED

Adafruit 9-DOF Accel/Mag/Gyro+Temp Breakout Board - LSM9DS0

PRODUCT ID: 2021
DISCONTINUED

PJRC Prop Shield with Motion Sensor for Teensy 3.2 and Teensy-LC

PRODUCT ID: 3085
DISCONTINUED

Triple-axis Magnetometer (Compass) Board - HMC5883L

PRODUCT ID: 1746
DISCONTINUED