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Orient5D v1.0 $96.17US
2 - 6 : $91.36US ( save 5% )
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20 + : $76.94US ( save 20% )
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The Orient5D is like a tiny 32-bit super computer that calculates a ton of features from the sensor data. We tried to make as many of those features available as we could. A digital I2C sensor, that outputs calibrated, high resolution, low-noise signals.

For starters, it allows you 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. It 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) up to a point and then decrease (increase) again resulting in the same values for different orientations.

The Orient5D computes its orientation from magnetic field strength, linear acceleration and angular velocity, and 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 !

Then it also has gesture sensing features such as activity classification (standing, walking, running, climbing stairs, .. ), step counting, tap / shake detection (with axis indication and more), stability classification (on table, held but stable, .. ) and more.

Requires a WiDig running firmware v8.2 or higher, or USB-microDig running firmware v7.7 or higher.

Mount on your body with Wearability.

Application information

Product Orient5D 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 Orient5D 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 running firmware v8.2 or higher, or USB-microDig running firmware v7.7 or higher.
  3. The default I2C address is 75 (0x4B). 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) magnetic field strength, (method #3) acceleration, (method #4) angular velocity, (method #6) linear acceleration, (method #7) gravity. For advanced gesture detection, use methods 90 (activity classification), 91 (stability classification), 92 (tap detection), 92 (shake detection), 94 (step counting).
  5. See the Orient5D function description in the firmware documentation for more details about the various methods available in host and standalone mode.
  6. For more technical specs 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.

Technical specifications

Product Orient5D sensor
Version 1.0 (February 2022)
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 ± ? º
Heading resolution 0.01 º
Tilt range ± 180 º (pitch or roll angle)
Tilt accuracy ± ? º
Tilt resolution 0.01 º
Magnetic field strength range ± 1300 ? µT (X/Y-axis), ± 2500 ? µT (Z-axis)
Magnetic field strength accuracy 1.4 µT
Magnetic field strength resolution 0.3 ? µT
Magnetic field strength update rate 100 Hz
Linear acceleration range ± 8 g
Linear acceleration accuracy 35 mg
Linear acceleration resolution 4 mg
Linear acceleration update rate 400 Hz
Angular velocity range ± 2000 º/s
Angular velocity accuracy 3.1 º/s
Angular velocity resolution 0.06 º/s
Angular velocity update rate 400 Hz
Rotation vector update rate 400 Hz
Power supply 4.75 to 5.25 V DC, 14 mA
Operating temperature -40 to 85 ºC (-40 to 185 ºF)
Dimensions 18 x 15 x 4 mm (0.71 x 0.59 x 0.2 inch)
Mounting no mounting holes
Cable 1.0 m (39 inch), shielded, red wire = power, 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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