Sensor Kinetics provides you with an advanced viewer and monitor for the standard sensors available in your phone or tablet and provides a comprehensive look at the combined operations of all the sensors.
Sensor kinetics supports the following kinetic sensors (if they are included in your device's hardware!): accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, attitude sensor, linear acceleration sensor and gravity sensor. It also supports the scalar sensors (like proximity sensor, light sensor,pressure sensor) that respond to the Android internal SensorManager program.
You can use Sensor Kinetics to monitor and understand the behavior of the sensors while you change the delay setting or activate/deactivate specific sensors. Each sensor is attached to a sophisticated chart viewer. For educational users, the app includes comprehensive help files which are intended to provide students with hands-on knowledge of how these sensors interact with smartphones and suggest numerous experiments you can perform right on your Android phone or tablet.
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The main screen lists all of the sensors available on your Android device, including in-depth manufacturer's data.
Each chart screen displays the data in real time as it is captured on your device.
Sensor Kinetics also measures data from your Android device's scalar sensors, including temperature, air pressure, light and more.
You can change the rate for measuring all of the sensors, including the gyroscope, magnetic sensor and accelerometer.
The proximity sensor produces measurement in low resolution as you move your hand to and from the device.
The in-depth help files provide complete descriptions of what each sensor does.
Charts can be viewed in either portrait or landscape mode.
Students can conduct interteresting experiments while measuring their phone's magnetometer.
In 2014 we have added the Multi-Sensor Recorder feature into Sensor Kinetics/Pro for Android. The Multi-Sensor Recorder is a powerful data logger for the Android Sensor Kinetics app. It allows you to simultaneously record any combination of your available kinetic (movement related) sensors at a controlled data rate. You can activate the Chart Viewer directly from the Multi-Sensor Recorder, where you can view the recorded data from each sensor. The Sensor Kinetic Pro app also allows you to save and share this recorded data.
Please click the following link to learn more about the Multi-Sensor Recorder.
The main screen lists all of your sensors in detail, providing sensor manufacturer's data, measurement, rate and control. Sensor data shows the type, the manufacturer, power consumption and other capabilities of the sensor.
When available and activated, each sensor view provides real-time updates and measurements. You can globally suspend the operation by tapping Suspend in the menu, and then resume all sensor activities by tapping Resume in the menu. You can deactivate each individual sensor or modify its update rate. Sensor delays are FASTEST, GAME, User Interface (UI) and NORMAL, where NORMAL is the lower rate. The view block shows the resulting sensor update rate in Hz. For example, 5Hz means the sensor measurement are updated 5 times per second.
Tap the |S| icon to switch to the summary screen. The summary screen is very useful to see how different update rates for different sensors interfere with each other, all in one convenient screen. This screen is Sensor Kinetics in action!
You can activate the advanced Chart Viewer for each sensor that is available on your device by tapping the title line with the chart icon. You can select portrait or landscape orientation for the chart viewer only when the data is stopped and cleared. The chart viewer for the three dimensional sensors that detect rotation (accelerometer, gyroscope, and the rotation sensor) provide a Rotation data mode. During Rotation data mode, the app computes the actual roll, pitch and yaw angles as they accumulate while you rotate and move the device.
The app is a tool designed to measure the activity of all the sensors on your phone or tablet in the most extreme conditions. The sensors are generally power hungry and consume a good amount of current from the battery, so we recommend that you run maximum speed tests with a charger close by. However, you do have control over current consumption during lengthy tests. Turn OFF all sensors that you are not charting and reduce the sensor update rate. For example, if you chart the gyroscope for an hour, you can reduce the sensor rate to NORMAL (which is the lowest) or even to UI (User Interface). This will reduce power consumption.
You can also change some of the operation parameters of the chart viewer by tapping the Settings menu, which includes the chart screen update rate, the time span of your plots, the scrolling delay and data filters for all sensors in your device. The chart viewer Settings page can also be accessed directly from the chart viewer.
Note: We use Google language translations to make this app more accessible in other countries. We recognize that these translations are very limited. Therefore, you can select the original English in Preference to replace the local language translation. (Language change may require turning your phone off and on to reset.) Better yet, if you volunteer to clean up our machine translation into your native language we will appreciate it very much. We will also credit your translation in the app itself and on this web site.
To explore Sensor Kinetics, tap the ? icon in the top right of each screen. For technical support questions, please e-mail email@example.com, telephone 1-281-879-6226.
Sensor Kinetics for Android uses the AChartEngine charting library from achartengine.org, the mind3d OpenGL ES library by Lee Felarca, and the ActionBarSherlock compatibility library by Jake Wharton.