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Orient4D v1.1 $71.45US
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What's your orientation ? With the Orient4D, obtain the orientation of any object in a quaternion representation, which allows you to know the orientation while continuously rotating the object 360 degrees in any direction, ie. around any of its three axes. Can also output orientation in Euler angles (better known by its components heading, pitch and roll), but this method has the so-called "gimbal lock" limitation, ie. if you rotate the sensor 360 degrees continuously the sensor values will increase (decrease) upto a point and then decrease (increase) again resulting in the same values for different orientations. This sensor computes its orientation from magnetic field strength, linear acceleration and angular velocity, so this raw data is also available in its X/Y/Z axes. So you can use it simultaneously as a 3D magnetometer, accelerometer and/or gyroscope. How's that for some sensor data ! Perfect for gesture sensing. A digital I2C sensor, that outputs cailbrated, high resolution, low-noise signals.

Requires a WiDig or USB-microDig running firmware v7.5 or higher.

Mount on your body with Wearability.

Application information

Product Orient4D sensor
  1. Use it as a sophisticated game controller.
  2. Allow your robot or toy car to know what's up and down, and left and right etc. Combine with ReachCloseD to detect approaches to and/or impacts with walls and what have you.
  3. Use 5 Orient4D sensors on a human body and calculate its posture (some math skills required !).
  4. For sleep research, combine with a HotSpot2D for respiration, a BioEmo for skin conductance, a BioVolt for muscle contractions, and a BioBeat3D for heartbeat, blood oxygen level and skin temperature.
  1. Make sure the sensor is plugged into the digitizer with the red wire connected to power. Reversing the plug may cause damage to the sensor.
  2. Requires a WiDig or USB-microDig running firmware v7.5 or higher.
  3. The default I2C address is 41 (0x29). Both I2C lines have 4.7 kOhm pull-up resistors.
  4. Our software enables you to use most features of this sensor. In EditorX, use the method parameter to set the sensor to output (method #0) quaternions, (method #1) Euler angles, (method #2, and #42 for larger range) magnetic field strength, (method #3) linear acceleration, (method #4, and #44 for larger range) angular velocity, or (method #5) temperature. Methods 100 (quaternion output) and 101 (Euler angle output) are available for auto-calibration purposes, where separate messages are output for the complete sensor system, the magnetometer, the linear accelerometer and the gyroscope, to indicate the calibration level for each (sub)system.
  5. See the Orient4D function description in the firmware documentation for more details about the various methods available in host and standalone mode.
  6. For more technical specs, and to find out how to access the sensor data in detail, please consult the datasheet.
  7. Any magnetic materials or fields in the vicinity of the sensor may distort the sensor output.
  8. To extend the cable, use ExtendCableD-01 and/or ExtendCableD-10.
  • Our EditorX software allows you to configure the digitizer to process and map the sensor data of multiple sensors simultaneously.

  • 22 Jul 2019: Orient4D v1.12 for MacOS and Windows from source code in Max. For multiple sensors or sensor outputs, run multiple instances of the application, each started in its own folder. Requires a digitizer with firmware v7.5 or higher. Use together with Connect (MacOS / Windows).

Technical specifications

Product Orient4D sensor
Version 1.1 (February 2021)
Sensing parameter triple-axis earth's magnetic field strength, linear acceleration and angular velocity
Sensing method Hall effect and MEMS sensors
Heading range 360 º
Heading accuracy ±2.5 º
Heading resolution 0.0625 º
Tilt range ± 180 º (pitch or roll angle)
Tilt accuracy ± ? º
Tilt resolution 0.0625 º
Magnetic field strength range ± 1300 µT (X/Y-axis), ± 2500 µT (Z-axis)
Magnetic field strength accuracy ? µT
Magnetic field strength resolution 1 µT
Magnetic field strength bandwidth 10 Hz
Linear acceleration range ± 4 g (configurable to 2/4/8/16 g)
Linear acceleration accuracy ? mg
Linear acceleration resolution 1 mg
Linear acceleration bandwidth 62.5 Hz
Angular velocity range ± 2000 º/s (configurable to 250/500/1000/2000 º/s)
Angular velocity accuracy ? º/s
Angular velocity resolution 0.0625 º/s
Angular velocity bandwidth 32 Hz
Update rate 100 Hz
Power supply 4.75 to 5.25 V DC, 14 mA
Operating temperature -40 to 85 ºC (-40 to 185 ºF)
Dimensions 22 x 14 x 6 mm (0.87 x 0.55 x 0.2 inch)
Mounting no mounting holes
Cable 1.0 m (39 inch), shielded, red wire = power, thick black wire = ground, grey wire = I2C data (SDA), white wire = I2C clock (SCL), extendable at least 1 m (3 ft) with ExtendCableD-01
Connector male 1x4 plug with 4 pins in a row spaced 2.54 mm (0.100 inch)
Weight 11 g (0.39 oz), incl. cable

This page was updated on Tuesday 16 May 2023.
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