Arduino/Genuino 101 CurieIMU Accelerometer

With this tutorial you learn to read the three axes of the accelerometer contained in the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) of the 101 board. Each axis measures the acceleration within a range defined by a specific function - setAccelerometerRange - and returns a raw value that needs to be converted to get a value in mg. The result of the conversion is printed on the Serial monitor as triplets of acceleration values (X, Y and Z).

Hardware Required

The Circuit

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No additional hardware is needed to use this tutorial.

Software Essentials


CurieIMU.h is the library that gives access to all the parameters, features and readings of the IMU chip of the 101 board. This unit contains a three axes accelerometer and a three axes gyroscope. This library is part of the 101 board core and it is loaded together with the core files for Arduino or Genuino 101. In this tutorial we read the raw accelerometer values.


float convertRawAcceleration(int aRaw) - transforms the raw data read from the accelerometer (aRaw) into a value expressed in mg (thousandths of g). The formula of the function must be adjusted to match the accelerometer range set with setAccelerometerRange.


This sketch is the simplest possible and doesn't include any calibration. The Accelerometer data is refreshed every 5 seconds.

 * Copyright (c) 2016 Intel Corporation.  All rights reserved.
 * See the bottom of this file for the license terms.

   This sketch example demonstrates how the BMI160 on the
   Intel(R) Curie(TM) module can be used to read accelerometer data

#include "CurieIMU.h"

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600); // initialize Serial communication
  while (!Serial);    // wait for the serial port to open

  // initialize device
  Serial.println("Initializing IMU device...");

  // Set the accelerometer range to 2G

void loop() {
  float ax, ay, az;   //scaled accelerometer values

  // read accelerometer measurements from device, scaled to the configured range
  CurieIMU.readAccelerometerScaled(ax, ay, az);

  // display tab-separated accelerometer x/y/z values

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   This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
   modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
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   but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
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   License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software
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