Adafruit L3GD20 (L3G4200 Upgrade) Triple-Axis Gyro Breakout Board

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  • Sense twisting and turning motions
  • Three full axes of sensing
  • The chip can be set to ±250, ±500, or ±2000 degree-per-second scale for a large range of sensitivity

Product overview

• Sense twisting and turning motions• Three full axes of sensing• The chip can be set to ±250, ±500, or ±2000 degree-per-second scale for a large range of sensitivity• Supports both I2C and SPI• 3.3V max device, but onboard level shifting allows a 5V interface

A gyroscope is a type of sensor that can sense twisting and turning motions. Often paired with an accelerometer, you can use these to do 3D motion capture and inertial measurement (that is - you can tell how an object is moving!) As these sensors become more popular and easier to manufacture, the prices for them have dropped to the point where you can easily afford a triple-axis gyro! Only a decade ago, this space-tech sensor would have been hundreds of dollars.
This breakout board is based around the latest gyro technology, the L3GD20 from STMicro. It's the upgrade to the L3G4200 (see this app note on what to look for if upgrading an existing design to the L3GD20 - (http://www.st.com/internet/analog/product/252443.jsp) with three full axes of sensing. The chip can be set to ±250, ±500, or ±2000 degree-per-second scale for a large range of sensitivity. There's also built in high and low pass sensing to make data processing easier. The chip supports both I2C and SPI so you can interface with any microcontroller easily.
Since this chip is a 3.3V max device, but many of our customers want to use it with an Arduino, Adafruit soldered it to a breakout board with level shifting circuitry so you can use the I2C or SPI interface safely using a 5V interface device. They also placed a 3.3V regulator on there so you can power it from 5V.
Since we expect people will want to attach it firmly to their project, the PCB comes with four 2.1mm mounting holes. Use #2-56 imperial or M2 screws screws.
Getting started is easy - simply connect SDA to your Arduino I2C data pin (On the UNO this is A4), SCL to I2C clock (Uno: A5), GND to ground, and Vin to 3 or 5VDC. Then install and run Adafruits easy to use Arduino library, which will print out the XYZ sensor data to the serial terminal, click here for the library . Their library also supports SPI on any 4 digital I/O pins, see the example for wiring.

Can this be wired into a usb port on a pc and if so are there ready made drivers for it.

Asked by: Mmoe
I am sorry but the item in question does not support use in your intended application.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-06-08

Would this measure a tilt of 1 degree from level?

Asked by: something_good
This information is best detailed in the user manual / datasheet which is available from the download tab on the products webpage, if you do need any in-depth Technical support please feel free to give us a call on 0333 400 9500 or email us on technical@maplin.co.uk
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-04-25

Hi, Will this sensor be affected by strong magnetic fields? I have tried a standard accelerometer but that is completely useless near anything magnetic. Thanks

Asked by: Alex
Magnetic fields could effect this too.
Answered by: DaveB
Date published: 2015-07-17
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