I am working on a project where I need the Arduino to 'sense' at what direction its moving. For example, I want the Arduino to 'sense' that it is moving towards 'forward' direction, 'backwards' direction etc.

Is that possible using an Arduino? Can I use a motion sensor to do this (probably not)?

Can any one please help me to find the right 'direction'?

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For this you need a acceleration/gyro sensor, like the MPU6050.

By tracking x/y/z movements, you can define what is forward/backards etc. Also you can track angles/tilts (in 3 directions).

See an example how to use it here: MPU-6050

  • Thank you, I don't wanna go deep here, but is there a library present which I could use to make my work easier? Aug 7, 2018 at 14:07
  • You can change the example as library, or maybe this link helps: maker.pro/arduino/tutorial/… I never tried the MPU6050 myself. Aug 7, 2018 at 14:10
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    Well I tried by borrowing one from a friend, it worked 😮 thanks Aug 7, 2018 at 16:04

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