MATLAB Examples

EstimateDistanceIntegration.m demo example.

This example uses the accelerometer to estimate distance travelled. Function returns acceleration in [x,y,z] directions. Unit is [G=10m/s^2] We only use x-axis on the accelerometer for calculation. Upload the code, position the Engduino with the LED facing downwards, press the button to start measuring, move the engduino along the straight you wish to measure, press the button again when you have reached the end of your measurement to stop measuring.

July 2015, MathWorks & Engduino team:


Initialize variables

% Check if the Engduino object already exists. Otherwise initialize it.
if (~exist('e', 'var'))
    % Create Engduino object and open COM port. You do not need to select
    % an active COM port, as it should be detected automatically. However,
    % in the case of unsuccessful connection, you may initialize Engduino
    % object with passing the active COM port. E.g. e = engduino('COM8');
    % To open the 'Bluetooth' port you need to initialize the Engduino
    % object with the 'Bluetooth' keyword and your Bluetooth device name.
    % E.g. e = engduino('Bluetooth', 'HC-05'); Demo mode can be enabled by
    % initialize the Engduino object with 'demo' keyword. E.g. e =
    % engduino('demo');
    e = engduino('Bluetooth','HC-05');

% Set reading frequency [Hz] - readings per second.
frequency = 100;

% Set multiplier to convert accelerometer data to acceleration m/s^2
multiplier = 10;

% Set threshold to ignore small noise in acceleration
acc_threshold = 0.2;

% initialise filtered value to 0
xAcc_Filtered = 0;
velocity_Filtered =0;

% coefficient to apply filtering
alpha = 0.15;
beta = 0.95;
gamma = 0.9;

% Initialise variables for calculation
previous_time =0;
previous_velocity =0;
total_displacement = 0;
current_velocity = 0;
current_time = now;
t0 = now;

For Graph plotting

buffSize = 10;
accelerometer_circBuff = nan;
velocity_circBuff = nan;
time = now;

% graph1
graph(1) = subplot(1,2,1);
plotHandle1 = plot(graph(1),time,accelerometer_circBuff,'Marker','o','MarkerSize',5,'LineWidth',2);
ylabel('Gravitational Force (g)');
title(['Acceleration: ' char(vpa(acceleration_Filtered,3)) 'm/s^2']);
limits = 1.0;
ylim([-limits limits])
axis square;
grid on

% graph2
graph(2) = subplot(1,2,2);
plotHandle2 = plot(graph(2),time,velocity_circBuff,'Marker','o','MarkerSize',5,'LineWidth',2);
ylabel('Velocity (m/s)');
limits = 1.0;
ylim([-limits limits]);
title(['Displacement: ' char(vpa(total_displacement,3)) 'm']);
axis square;
grid on

Wait to start calculation



Initialise accelerometer reading

for i=1:5
    newReading = e.getAccelerometer();
    gx = newReading(1);
    % apply high pass filter to the accelerometer output
    xAcc_Filtered = gx - ((1-alpha)*xAcc_Filtered + alpha*gx);

% accelerometer data is multiplied to get 1g=10m/s^2
init_accx = (floor(xAcc_Filtered*100)*multiplier/100);

Main Program loop

while (not(e.getButton()))
    current_time = (now - t0)*10e4;
    % Read acceleration vector from Engduino's accelerometer sensor.
    newReading = e.getAccelerometer();
    gx = newReading(1);
    % apply high pass filter to the accelerometer output
    xAcc_Filtered = gx - ((1-alpha)*xAcc_Filtered + alpha*gx);
    acceleration = (floor(xAcc_Filtered*100)*multiplier/100 - init_accx);

    % low pass filter to filter out noise from calculated acceleration
    acceleration_Filtered = (1-beta)*acceleration_Filtered + beta*acceleration;
    % ignore small value acceleration due to noise
        acceleration_Filtered = 0;


    % Calculate velocity
    current_velocity = previous_velocity + int(x, previous_time, current_time);
    % low pass filter to filter out noise from calculated velocity
    velocity_Filtered = (1-gamma)*velocity_Filtered + gamma*current_velocity;
    % Integrate velocity to displacement
    displacement = int(current_velocity, previous_time, current_time);
    total_displacement = total_displacement + displacement;
    previous_velocity = velocity_Filtered;
    previous_time = current_time;

Real-time graph plotting

    if i < buffSize
        % Add the newest sample into the buffer.
        accelerometer_circBuff(i) = gx;
        velocity_circBuff(i) = velocity_Filtered;
        time(i) = (now-t0)*10e4;
        % If we have enough samples then remove oldest sample and add the
        % newest one into the buffer.
        accelerometer_circBuff = [accelerometer_circBuff(2:end), gx];
        velocity_circBuff= [velocity_circBuff(2:end), velocity_Filtered];
        time = [time(2:end), (now - t0)*10e4];
    % subplot raw X acceleration vector
    limits = 1.0;
    xlim([min(time) max(time)+10e-9]);
    ylim([-limits limits]);
    title(['Acceleration: ' char(vpa(acceleration_Filtered,3)) 'm/s^2']);

    % subplot the velocity
    limits = 1.0;
    xlim([min(time) max(time)+10e-9]);
    ylim([-limits limits]);
    title(['Displacement: ' char(vpa(floor(total_displacement*10)/10,2)) 'm']);

    i = i+1;
    % Pause for one time interval.