General question - clueless about Electronics. Three axis gyroscope

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Ani123

Joined Mar 22, 2020
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Hi all,

I'm a Civil Engineer by profession and literally have no clue about electronics/computing! I was wondering if you could help me out with a random question that I had.

What devices are needed to detect movement vertically and horizontally in a digital device, i.e a digital watch?

For example, an apple watch... if you raise it to your ear, it detects movement... Is this what gyroscopes are used for?

Would like a bit more explanation to this topic.

Thank you :) (sorry for being so vague!)
 

MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
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There is a difference between a gyroscope and an accelerometer.

A gyroscope measures changes in direction.
An accelerometer measures forces due to acceleration.

Make sure you know which device is being used.
 

Thread Starter

Ani123

Joined Mar 22, 2020
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Thank you! That was very helpful. Like I said, I’m quite clueless!

There is a difference between a gyroscope and an accelerometer.

A gyroscope measures changes in direction.
An accelerometer measures forces due to acceleration.

Make sure you know which device is being used.
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