Measuring Rotation and acceleration with the Raspberry Pi

Acceleration and rotation sensors are most known from smartphones. The rotation of the device can be detected and can be addressed directly.

With the Raspberry Pi and a Gyroscope / Accelerator sensor it is possible to measure the rotation as well as the acceleration of the 3 axes.
In this tutorial use the MPU 6050 Gyroscope / Accelerator sensor interferfaced to a Raspberry Pi, and reads the values using I2C.


For this tutorial I have used the following components:

  • Raspberry Pi
  • MPU 6050 sensor module
  • Jumper Cables

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BerryGPS setup Guide for Raspberry Pi

BerryGPS-IMU v2 Plate has been designed to fit perfectly with the Raspberry Pi Zero. It is also compatible with all other versions Raspberry Pi, including the Pi 3B+.
BerryGPS-IMU v2 uses the M20048 from Antenova, which is a high quality GPS module which is able to track 22 satellites. The BerryGPS-IMU v2 is a GPS module which also includes the sensors that can be found on the BerryIMU v2 Plate.

BerryGPS-IMU v2 is also fitted with a barometric sensor (BMP280) which can be used to calculate altitude. A temperature sensor is also included.

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Raspberry PI: Connecting a Neo-6M  GPS Module

I built a project using a Neo-6M  GPS Module with the Raspberry PI. Now there are several USB solutions, and apps that work with them, but I wanted to show how to use a $20 GPS module with a a serial UART, and Python code to decode the NMEA strings. Then you can write your own GPS interface, or combine the data with Google Maps.

Hardware Setup:

The first step is to connect the GPS module to the Raspberry PI. There are only 4 wires involved, so it’s a simple connection.Read More

RC522 RFID Tag Reading with the Raspberry Pi

RC522 RFID modules are a simple add-on you can connect to a Raspberry Pi to read MIFARE tags and cards. This is potentially a great feature to include in a security system or any application where you need to identify an object or person without them pressing buttons, operating switches or other sensors. The contactless tags can be carried on a key-ring and the cards fit nicely in a wallet. Both of them can be hidden inside other objects to give them a unique ID that can be read by the Pi.

The obvious application is a security system where you use a tag to activate or deactivate an alarm but other applications include time and attendance systems and games.Read More

Raspberry Pi Alarm Clock using RTC Module DS1307

Although Raspberry Pi has an internal clock, but without internet connection this internal clock resets after every reboot. So to get accurate TIME without internet connection, we need to interface a RTC Module DS1307 to Raspberry Pi. RTC module has button battery for backup so the TIME will not reset. We have also built Alarm Clock using Arduinoand using ATmega32 AVR Microcontroller, check them too.

In this Raspberry Pi Digital Clock, a 16*2 Character LCD is to display Real Time, Alarm time and status of the alarm (ON/OFF). Once the program starts running in Pi, we can disconnect the monitor and can set the alarm with the help of this LCD and five buttons.Read More

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