Using accelerometers with the Arduino development platform can often seem difficult for the beginner, or those who are in a hurry to complete a project. Although we have a neat tutorial explaining how to use the MMA7361 accelerometer used in our AM3X: module, we've recently discovered a new Arduino library for the IC in question by Jef Neefs and Jeroen Doggen.
Their AcceleroMMA7361 library makes using the module incredibly simple, and includes example sketches to display G-force, raw voltages returned by each of the axis' sensors, and also the raw data returned by the Arduino ADC pins. After a short period of time you can then integrate the accelerometer in various projects.
To download the MMA7361 library, visit the creators' code page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. If you're looking for an easy to use acceleromter, check out our AM3X accelerometer module:
This tiny 3-axis accelerometer module can operate in either +/-1.5 g or +/-6 g ranges, giving your project the ability to tell which way is up. Ideal for robotics projects, tilt sensors, vehicle data loggers, and whatever else you can dream up. Plus it's compatible with 3.3V and 5V boards. For more information and to order, click here.