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Read and Plot Real-Time Data from BNO055 Sensor in NDOF Mode

This example shows you how to read and plot calibrated data from a a Bosch Sensortec BNO055 a 9-axis absolute orientation sensor in real time. To read the orientation values directly from the BNO055 sensor, configure the sensor in the NDOF operating mode.

BNO055 is a 9-axis sensor with an integrated accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. The accelerometer measures acceleration, the gyroscope measures angular velocity, and the magnetometer measures the magnetic field along x-, y-, and z-axis. The axis of the sensor depends on the make of the sensor.

Required Products


  • MATLAB Support Package for Arduino® Hardware

Required Hardware

  • Arduino Uno

  • Bosch BNO055 Sensor

Hardware Connection

Connect the SDA, SCL, GND, and the VCC pins of the BNO055 sensor to the corresponding pins on the Arduino hardware. This example uses an Arduino Uno board with the following connections:

  • SDA — A4

  • SCL — A5

  • VCC — +5V

  • GND — GND

Ensure that the connections to the sensor is intact. We recommended that you use a prototype shield and solder the sensor to it to avoid loose connections when moving the sensor. For information on debugging sensor related issues, see Troubleshooting Sensors.

Create Connection to BNO055 Sensor in NDOF Mode

Create a connection to the BNO055 sensor in the NDOF mode. Ensure that you create the arduino object with the library set to 'I2C'.

arduinoObj = arduino('COM7', 'Uno', 'Libraries', 'I2C');
bno = bno055(arduinoObj, 'OperatingMode', 'ndof');

Calibrate BNO055 Sensor

Calibrate the sensor using the steps described in Calibrate BNO055 Sensors.

% Accelerometer calibration flag
accCalib = 0; 
% Gyroscope calibration flag
gyrCalib = 0; 
% Magnetometer calibration flag
magCalib = 0; 
fprintf('Calibrating the BNO055 sensor . . . \n');
while(prod([accCalib, gyrCalib, magCalib]) ~= 1)
    if strcmpi(bno.readCalibrationStatus.Accelerometer, "full") && isequal(accCalib, 0)
        accCalib = 1;
        fprintf('Accelerometer is calibrated! . . .\n');
    if strcmpi(bno.readCalibrationStatus.Gyroscope, "full") && isequal(gyrCalib, 0)
        gyrCalib = 1;
        fprintf('Gyroscope is calibrated! . . .\n');
    if(strcmpi(bno.readCalibrationStatus.Magnetometer, "full"))&& isequal(magCalib, 0)
        magCalib = 1;
        fprintf('Magnetometer is calibrated! . . .\n');
fprintf('BNO055 sensor is fully calibrated!\n');

Read Sensor Data

Read the orientation, acceleration, angular velocity, and magnetic field strength from the BNO055 sensor.

Estimate the time between consecutive read cycles.

% Provide time frame in seconds
senseFrame = 60; 
% Measure approximate execution time of a single read cycle
tDelta = toc;
% Number of samples to be collected in the senseFrame time frame
numSamples = floor(senseFrame/tDelta); 
% Time vector
tVector = linspace(0, senseFrame, numSamples); 
tCorrection = 0;
recordedData = zeros(numSamples, 3, 4);

Set up the figure handles to plot the change in orientation, acceleration, and magnetic field strength as the device moves.

subplot(4, 1, 1)
hold on
% Create handle to Azimuth animatedline object
hAzimuth = animatedline('color', 'r', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
% Create handle to Pitch animatedline object
  hPitch = animatedline('color', 'k', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
% Create handle to Roll animatedline object
   hRoll = animatedline('color', 'b', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
legend('Azimuth (rad)','Pitch (rad)','Roll (rad)');
ylabel('Euler Angles (rad)');xlabel('Time (s)');
title('Reading Orientation of the BNO055 sensor', 'fontsize', 12);
axis([0 senseFrame -6.5 6.5])
grid minor
hold off

subplot(4, 1, 2)
hold on
% Create handle to X-axis acceleration animatedline object
hAx = animatedline('color', 'r', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
% Create handle to Y-axis acceleration animatedline object
hAy = animatedline('color', 'k', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
% Create handle to Z-axis acceleration animatedline object
hAz = animatedline('color', 'b', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
legend('A_x (m/s^2)','A_y (m/s^2)','A_z (m/s^2)');
ylabel('Acceleration (m/s^2)');xlabel('Time (s)');
title('Reading Accelerometer values from BNO055 sensor', 'fontsize', 12);
axis([0 senseFrame -30 30]);
hold off
grid minor

subplot(4, 1, 3)
% Create handle to X-axis angular velocity animatedline object
hVx = animatedline('color', 'r', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
% Create handle to Y-axis angular velocity animatedline object
hVy = animatedline('color', 'k', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
% Create handle to Z-axis angular velocity animatedline object
hVz = animatedline('color', 'b', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
legend('\omega_x (rad/s)','\omega_y (rad/s)','\omega_z (rad/s)');
ylabel('Angular Velocity (rad/s)');xlabel('Time (s)');
title('Reading Angular velocity values from BNO055 sensor', 'fontsize', 12);
axis([0 senseFrame -10 10]);
hold off
grid minor

subplot(4, 1, 4)
% Create handle to X-axis magnetic field animatedline object
hMagx = animatedline('color', 'r', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
% Create handle to Y-axis magnetic field animatedline object
hMagy = animatedline('color', 'k', 'linewidth', 1.25); 
% Create handle to Z-axis magnetic field animatedline object
hMagz = animatedline('color', 'b', 'linewidth', 1.5); 
legend('\mu_x (\muT)','\mu_y (\muT)','\mu_z (\muT)');
ylabel('Magnetic Field (\muT)');xlabel('Time (s)');
title('Reading Magnetometer values from BNO055 sensor', 'fontsize', 12);
axis([0 senseFrame -50 50]);
hold off
grid minor

Read and plot the calibrated data from the sensor.

for i = 1:numSamples
    % Read Orientation values (Euler angles) from the sensor
    [sensorVal, ~] = readOrientation(bno);
    % Read Acceleration values from the sensor
    [AccelVal, ~] = readAcceleration(bno);
    % Read Angular velocity values from the sensor
    [AngVelVal, ~] = readAngularVelocity(bno);
    % Read Magnetic field strength values from the sensor
    [MagVal, ~] = readMagneticField(bno);

    addpoints(hAzimuth, tVector(i) + tCorrection,sensorVal(1));
    addpoints(hPitch, tVector(i) + tCorrection,sensorVal(2));
    addpoints(hRoll, tVector(i) + tCorrection,sensorVal(3));

    addpoints(hAx, tVector(i) + tCorrection, AccelVal(1));
    addpoints(hAy, tVector(i) + tCorrection, AccelVal(2));
    addpoints(hAz, tVector(i) + tCorrection, AccelVal(3));

    addpoints(hVx, tVector(i) + tCorrection, AngVelVal(1));
    addpoints(hVy, tVector(i) + tCorrection, AngVelVal(2));
    addpoints(hVz, tVector(i) + tCorrection, AngVelVal(3));

    addpoints(hMagx, tVector(i) + tCorrection, MagVal(1));
    addpoints(hMagy, tVector(i) + tCorrection, MagVal(2));
    addpoints(hMagz, tVector(i) + tCorrection, MagVal(3));

    recordedData(i, :, 1) = sensorVal;
    recordedData(i, :, 2) = AccelVal;
    recordedData(i, :, 3) = AngVelVal;
    recordedData(i, :, 4) = MagVal;

    tCorrection = toc;


Clean Up

When the connection is no longer needed, release and clear the objects.

clear arduinoObj;
clear bno;