Accelerator Sensor Usage

The accelerator sensor can measure acceleration in the directions of the
X, Y, and Z axes. Before attempting to measure the acceleration values,
you need to know whether the device supports the accelerator sensor.

Determining Whether the Sensor Is Supported

To determine whether the accelerator sensor is supported on the device:

  1. Create a new project in Tizen Studio with the Basic UI
    template, and specify the project name as SensorAccelerator.

    For more information on how to create a project, see Creating a
    Project (in mobile and
    wearable applications).

  2. In the new project, open the sensoraccelerator.c source file in
    the src folder and add the required library header file and

    • The sensor.h file is a header file for various
      sensor libraries.
    • The purpose of the application is to display whether the
      accelerator sensor is supported, the current acceleration value,
      and the maximum value of acceleration. As a result, a variable
      is defined for each of these values.
    #include "sensoraccelerator.h"
    #include <sensor.h>
    struct appdata {
        Evas_Object *win;
        Evas_Object *conform;
        Evas_Object *label0; /* Whether the accelerator sensor is supported */
        Evas_Object *label1; /* Current acceleration value */
        Evas_Object *label2; /* Maximum acceleration value */
    typedef struct appdata appdata_s;
  3. Create 2 new functions on top of the create_base_gui() function:

    • The show_is_supported() function identifies whether the
      accelerator sensor is supported, and displays the result in the
      first label component.

      The sensor_is_supported() function requests the
      support information. Passing SENSOR_ACCELEROMETER as the first
      parameter makes the second parameter return the accelerator
      support information.

    • The my_box_pack() function adds a UI component to a
      box container.

    static void
    show_is_supported(appdata_s *ad)
        char buf[PATH_MAX];
        bool is_supported = false;
        sensor_is_supported(SENSOR_ACCELEROMETER, &is_supported);
        sprintf(buf, "Acceleration Sensor is %s", is_supported ? "support" : "not support");
        elm_object_text_set(ad->label0, buf);
    static void
    my_box_pack(Evas_Object *box, Evas_Object *child,
                double h_weight, double v_weight, double h_align, double v_align)
        /* Tell the child packed into the box to be able to expand */
        evas_object_size_hint_weight_set(child, h_weight, v_weight);
        /* Fill the expanded area (above) as opposed to centering in it */
        evas_object_size_hint_align_set(child, h_align, v_align);
        /* Set the child as the box content and show it */
        elm_object_content_set(box, child);
        /* Put the child into the box */
        elm_box_pack_end(box, child);
        /* Show the box */
  4. To create the box, add the first and second label to the box, and
    call the show_is_supported() function to determine the sensor
    support, you must modify the source code at the bottom of the
    create_base_gui() function as follows:

    /* Conformant */
       Create and initialize elm_conformant
       elm_conformant is mandatory for the base GUI to have a proper size
       when the indicator or virtual keypad is visible
    ad->conform = elm_conformant_add(ad->win);
    elm_win_indicator_mode_set(ad->win, ELM_WIN_INDICATOR_SHOW);
    elm_win_indicator_opacity_set(ad->win, ELM_WIN_INDICATOR_OPAQUE);
    evas_object_size_hint_weight_set(ad->conform, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND);
    elm_win_resize_object_add(ad->win, ad->conform);
    /* Box can contain other elements in a vertical line (by default) */
    Evas_Object *box = elm_box_add(ad->win);
    evas_object_size_hint_weight_set(box, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND);
    evas_object_size_hint_align_set(box, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND);
    elm_object_content_set(ad->conform, box);
    /* First label (for the sensor support) */
    ad->label0 = elm_label_add(ad->conform);
    elm_object_text_set(ad->label0, "Msg -");
    my_box_pack(box, ad->label0, 1.0, 0.0, -1.0, -1.0);
    /* Second label (for the current acceleration value) */
    ad->label1 = elm_label_add(ad->conform);
    elm_object_text_set(ad->label1, "Value -");
    my_box_pack(box, ad->label1, 1.0, 1.0, -1.0, -1.0);
    /* Show the window after the base GUI is set up */
    /* Check the sensor support */
  5. Build (in mobile and
    wearable applications) and run
    (in mobile and
    wearable applications)
    the application. If the accelerator sensor is supported, the
    Accelerator Sensor is support message is shown on the
    device screen.

    Not all smartphones support this sensor. In that case, test the
    application on the emulator.

    Accelerator Sensor issupported

Requesting Sensor Events

To implement a feature that requests the corresponding event as you
shake the device, and displays the acceleration value on the screen:

  1. Add a structure for the sensor and a global variable to the top of
    the sensoraccelerator.c source file:

    • The sensorinfo_s structure includes a sensor handle and an
      event listener variable.
    • The sensor_info is a global variable of the
      sensorinfo_s structure.
    struct appdata {
        Evas_Object *win;
        Evas_Object *conform;
        Evas_Object *label0;
        Evas_Object *label1;
        Evas_Object *label2;
    typedef struct appdata appdata_s;
    struct _sensor_info {
        sensor_h sensor; /* Sensor handle */
        sensor_listener_h sensor_listener; /* Sensor listener */
    typedef struct _sensor_info sensorinfo_s;
    static sensorinfo_s sensor_info;
  2. To request sensor events, you need a sensor handle and an event
    listener, and must start the listener. Create 2 new functions above
    the create_base_gui() function:

    • The _new_sensor_value() function is an event callback for the
      accelerator sensor, and it outputs a new sensor value to
      the screen.

      The sensor data is passed to the second parameter, and the
      values[0] field contains the X axis data, values[1] contains
      the Y axis data, and values[2] contains the Z axis data.

    • The start_accelerator_sensor() function starts the accelerator
      sensor and specifies the event callback function:

      • The sensor_get_default_sensor() function gets a specific
        sensor handle. Passing SENSOR_ACCELEROMETER to the first
        parameter returns an accelerator sensor handle to the
        second parameter.
      • The sensor_create_listener() function creates an
        event listener. Passing a sensor handle to the first
        parameter returns a listener object to the second parameter.
      • The sensor_listener_set_events_cb() function specifies a
        callback function to the listener. The parameters follow
        this order: event listener, callback function name, and user data.
      • The sensor_listener_start() function starts the listener.
    static void
    _new_sensor_value(sensor_h sensor, sensor_event_s events[], int events_count, void *user_data)
        if (events[0].value_count < 3)
        char buf[PATH_MAX];
        appdata_s *ad = (appdata_s*)user_data;
        sprintf(buf, "Value -X : %0.1f / Y : %0.1f / Z : %0.1f",
                events[0].values[0], events[0].values[1], events[0].values[2]);
        elm_object_text_set(ad->label1, buf);
    static void
    start_accelerator_sensor(appdata_s *ad)
        sensor_error_e err = SENSOR_ERROR_NONE;
        sensor_get_default_sensor(SENSOR_ACCELEROMETER, &sensor_info.sensor);
        err = sensor_create_listener(sensor_info.sensor, &sensor_info.sensor_listener);
        sensor_listener_set_interval(sensor_info.sensor_listener, 100);
        sensor_listener_set_events_cb(sensor_info.sensor_listener, _new_sensor_value, ad);
  3. To operate the event listener automatically when the application
    starts running, invoke the above start_accelerator_sensor()
    function at the end of the create_base_gui() function:

    /* Show the window after the base GUI is set up */
  4. Run the application again. To test it on your smartphone, simply
    shake the device.

    To test on the emulator, use the control

    a. Right-click the emulator and select Control Panel.

    Emulator Control        Panel

    b. Click Next in the lower-right corner until you see the 3-Axis box.
    c. Click the box and select the Acceleration tab.
    d. Drag the 3 sliders one at a time. If the X, Y, and Z values change on the application screen, it means you have correctly received the acceleration data in your application.

    3-Axis Sensors

Requesting the Maximum Acceleration Value

If you try to test the maximum acceleration value with your smartphone,
the characters are hardly visible when you are shaking the device. When
you stop shaking to see the value, the downward direction is 9.8, and
the rest show 0. For that reason, you need a separate feature that saves
the maximum value when testing on the device.

To access the maximum acceleration value:

  1. Declare an array variable in a number format at the top of the
    sensoraccelerator.c source file and reset it to 0. This variable
    saves the maximum acceleration value.

    struct _sensor_info {
        sensor_h sensor;
        sensor_listener_h sensor_listener;
    typedef struct _sensor_info sensorinfo_s;
    static sensorinfo_s sensor_info;
    static float max_acc_value[3] = {0.f, 0.f, 0.f};
  2. To create the third label and a button, add new code to the
    create_base_gui() function.

    When clicked, the button resets the maximum value to 0.

    /* Second label (for the current acceleration value) */
    ad->label1 = elm_label_add(ad->conform);
    elm_object_text_set(ad->label1, "Value -");
    my_box_pack(box, ad->label1, 1.0, 1.0, -1.0, -1.0);
    /* Button */
    Evas_Object *btn = elm_button_add(ad->conform);
    elm_object_text_set(btn, "Init Max Value");
    evas_object_smart_callback_add(btn, "clicked", btn_clicked_init_max_acc_value, ad);
    my_box_pack(box, btn, 1.0, 0.0, -1.0, -1.0);
    /* Third label (for the maximum value) */
    ad->label2 = elm_label_add(ad->conform);
    elm_object_text_set(ad->label2, "Max -");
    my_box_pack(box, ad->label2, 1.0, 1.0, 0.5, -1.0);
  3. Create 2 new functions and add new code to the _new_sensor_value()

    • The get_absolute_max() function compares 2 values and returns
      the higher one by changing 2 real numbers to absolute values.
    • The new code in the _new_sensor_value() function saves the
      maximum values of the X, Y, and Z axis acceleration in the
      global variable and outputs them to the third label component.
    • The btn_clicked_init_max_acc_value() function resets the
      maximum value saved in the global variable to 0 when you click
      the button.
    static float
    get_absolute_max(float value1, float value2)
        float v1 = value1 > 0.f ? value1 : -value1;
        float v2 = value2 > 0.f ? value2 : -value2;
        float result = v1 > v2 ? v1 : v2;
        return result;
    static void
    _new_sensor_value(sensor_h sensor, sensor_event_s *sensor_data, void *user_data)
        if (sensor_data->value_count < 3)
        char buf[PATH_MAX];
        appdata_s *ad = (appdata_s*)user_data;
        sprintf(buf, "Value -X : %0.1f / Y : %0.1f / Z : %0.1f",
                sensor_data->values[0], sensor_data->values[1], sensor_data->values[2]);
        elm_object_text_set(ad->label1, buf);
        for (int i = 0; i < 3; i++)
            max_acc_value[i] = get_absolute_max(max_acc_value[i], sensor_data->values[i]);
        sprintf(buf, "Max -X: %0.1f / Y: %0.1f / Z: %0.1f",
                max_acc_value[0], max_acc_value[1], max_acc_value[2]);
        elm_object_text_set(ad->label2, buf);
    /* Button click event function */
    static void
    btn_clicked_init_max_acc_value(void *data, Evas_Object *obj, void *event_info)
        for (int i = 0; i < 3; i++)
            max_acc_value[i] = 0.f;
  4. Run the application again and shake the phone. When you stop
    shaking, the value in the second label is reset, but the maximum
    value remains intact in the third label.

    To measure a new value, click the button and shake again.

    Emulator ControlPanel