February 01, 2013

Build a gravity-sensing game controller with Arduino

 As part of a larger project to create a driving simulation game, Instructables user "searx" has made a fascinating type of game controller. It can sense the controller's position relative to gravitational force, and reports the data back to a PC via Arduino. This can be read by python or other software to act on the controller's position. The controller itself is simple - by attaching weights to two potentiometers - their value will change depending on the way the controller is held, and thus the relationship with the position can be read. 

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You too can measure various movements and changes in g-force with our AM3X: accelerometer moduleThis tiny 3-axis accelerometer module can operate in either +/-1.5g or +/-6g ranges, giving your project the ability to tell which way is up. Ideal for robotics projects, tilt sensors, vehicle dataloggers, and whatever else you can dream up. It even has a "zero g!" output to detect when the device is in free-fall, so you could connect that to an "interrupt" pin on an Arduino to have your project react immediately if it's dropped! For more information and to order, visit the product page

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