IC that can act as leveling system?

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  1. danielb33

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    I need an IC (smaller the better) that can be used as a leveling device. It needs to be small enough to fit into an Ipod nano with some other circuitry, and precise enough to measure 1/4 of a degree. I have a great background in electronics but have no idea where to start with this problem. I do not necessarily need to measure 3 axises, 2 would do the job (I would use 3 if the product was cheap though)

    Thanks!
     
  2. Kermit2

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    try this

    and look here for a build log using it.
     
  3. monster_catfish

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  4. danielb33

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    Thanks for the responses. Those look great, but they are too expensive. Your responses led me to find a 3D gyroscope that should work for my purposes. The L3G4200DTR looks inexpensive and should do the trick.
     
  5. danielb33

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    Scratch that I need a 6 axis gyro but a gyro will work.
     
  6. monster_catfish

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    No such thing as a 6-axis gyro, to the best of my knowledge.

    The 3 axes of spatial displacement that I know of are pitch, roll and yaw, which correspond to the calculus and vector dynamics designations of X,Y and Z axes.
     
  7. wayneh

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    Perhaps he working in a few extra dimensions. ;)
     
  8. #12

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    Probably working with Splitty:D

    (Inside joke, daniel)
     
  9. Markd77

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    A 3 axis accelerometer is what you want. That will tell you which way down is (assuming the device isn't accelerating). A giro will tell you how the orientation is changing, but can't tell what it actually is.
     
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