Applications and Examples

Accelerometers and gyros are used in thousands of products around the world. Kionix is proud to be included in many of them. Below you will find just a small sampling of some of the interesting products and features enabled by our technology. If you have a product or application using Kionix accelerometers or gyros and you'd like to have it posted on our website, please contact us.

Atmel Sensors Xplained development kits

The Kionix KXCJ9 is a key component of the Atmel Sensors Xplained development kits. These kits are based on the Xplained series MCU boards for the family of Atmel AVR microcontrollers. Atmel has partnered with Kionix and other leading suppliers of Accelerometers, Gyroscopes, Magnetometers, Pressure and Light sensors to bring you a range of Sensor boards that are plug-in compatible with all of Xplained series MCU boards. This enables easy evaluation and development with a wide range of Atmel microcontrollers and the most popular sensors.

To accelerate your development with these sensor based solutions, Kionix and Atmel are making the necessary sensor drivers available as part of Atmel AVR Studio 5 development environment and the AVR Software Framework. The drivers are available directly from Atmel, and provide basic interface functionality with both raw data and calibrated engineering units outputs, with a standard API.

The Atmel Inertial Two Sensor Board delivers a full 9 degree of freedom sensor platform, combining a Kionix KXCJ9 accelerometer, a compass and a gyroscope, all interfaced via the I2C Serial Digital Interface, and is ideal for developing motion sensing or user interface applications.


Sensors Xplained software support is available for all the supported sensor devices. The drivers work in conjunction with AVR Studio 5 and the Atmel Software Framework versions 2.5 and higher. 

  • Accelerate your product development with driver support for a wide range of sensor solutions integrated to the Studio 5 development environment
  • Provides a hardware independent C language interface to enable easy, flexible pairing of the ideal AVR microcontroller and your required sensor functions
  • Drivers include support for calibration and scaling of data - providing you standard unit output from sensors, along with easy configuration and initialization
  • Demonstration projects that quickly integrate software libraries and hardware definitions to accelerate your application development

Key Components

  • Provide full 9 degree of freedom motion sensing capability
  • 3 Axis Low Power Accelerometer from Kionix (KXCJ9)
  • 3 Axis Magnetometer
  • 3 Axis Gyroscope 
  • All sensors interface via I2C Port

Texas Instruments SensorTag kit

The TI SensorTag kit features the KXTJ9 accelerometer, manufactured by Kionix. This is the first Bluetooth low energy development kit focused on wireless sensor applications and it is the only Bluetooth low energy development kit targeting smart phone app developers. The SensorTag can be used as a reference design and development platform for a variety of smartphone accessories. 

The new Bluetooth® low energy SensorTag from TI is designed to shorten the design time for Bluetooth app development from months to hours. With a downloadable SensorTag App and no required hardware or software expertise, the kit removes the barriers to entry for smartphone app developers who want to take advantage of the growing number of Bluetooth low energy-enabled smartphones and tablets. This is the first Bluetooth low energy development kit focusing on wireless sensor applications and it is the only development kit targeting smartphone app developers.

  • NO embedded software design knowledge required
  • NO embedded compiler required
  • Includes iOS sample apps to demo sensor use
  • Includes 6 low-power MEMS sensors and Bluetooth low energy radio powered by a single coin cell battery

The SensorTag can be used as a reference design and development platform for a variety of smartphone appcessories. So kick-start your Bluetooth app development today!

Electro-Harmonix Next Step Effects Pedals

Electro-Harmonix has introduced a new cutting edge line of pedals.  The motion detection at the heart of these next generation pedals is enabled by the KXTC9 accelerometer, manufactured by Kionix.

Electro-Harmonix, a leader in high-end electronic audio processors since 1968, has been innovating and pushing the technical envelop for guitar effects pedals since the mid-70's.

EHX's pedal's have been used by some of the most innovative artists in history, such as Jimmy Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and have helped to produce some of the most iconic sounds in rock and roll.

Historically, these pedals have mechanical devices which could potentially run into mechanical part failure and "sticking" over extended use.

Electro-Harmonix has now solved many of the original pedal's inherent problems by innovating a new pedal with absolutely no moving parts. 

Electro-Harmonix new line of Next Step Effects Pedals continue push the envolope of innovation to provide artists with new ways to express themselves. The Crying Tone Wah PedalThe Expression Pedal, Pan Pedal, Talking Pedal and Volume Pedal continue on EHX's ground breaking path, providing artists with new innovative means for distortion effect and sound control.

Crying Tone Wah Pedal Demo:

Volume, Expression, Pan Pedal Demo:

To better illustrate the improved durability of the new Crying Tone Wah Pedal, some fans have put together the following video which pushes the new pedal's design to the limits. We feel the results of these durability tests speak for themselves.

Blue Radios integrated accelerometer bluetooth radio solution

The demonstration video below is comprised of a wireless nBlue accelerometer SensorBug that is mounted on a computer screen. It is event driven and sends an alert to the wireless USB Dongle. The PC software application simulates detecting glass breaking as if you were looking out a window. This SensorBug, which uses the Kionix KXTF9, includes 8 different sensor application modes in one device: remote control / panic alarm, pedometer, proximity & out of range detection, acceleration, shock, and motion detection ±2g, 12 bit, water detection 16-bit ADC, light sensing 0 – 5000 LUX, and temperature sensor -40°C to +85°C (±0.5°C).

BodyMedia FIT CORE Armband

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