The MPU-6050 is a serious little piece of motion processing tech! By combining a MEMS 3-axis gyroscope and a 3-axis accelerometer on the same silicon die together with an onboard Digital Motion Processor™ (DMP™) capable of processing complex 9-axis MotionFusion algorithms, the MPU-6050 does away with the cross-axis alignment problems that can creep up on discrete parts.
Our breakout board for the MPU-6050 makes this tiny QFN package easy to work into your project. Every pin you need to get up and running is broken out to 0.1" headers, including the auxiliary master I2C bus which allows the MPU-6050 to access external magnetometers and other sensors.
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If you are seeing this as the output when using I2C, then the sensor is not connected correctly. http://www.i2cdevlib.com/forums/topic/8-mpu6050-connection-failed/ :
Initializing I2C devices... Testing device connections... MPU6050 connection failed a/g: 0 0 0 0 0 0 a/g: 0 0 0 0 0 0 a/g: 0 0 0 0 0 0 a/g: 0 0 0 0 0 0 a/g: 0 0 0 0 0 0 . . .
You need to have this basic connection: VDD - Arduino 3.3v GND - Arduino GND INT - Arduino digital pin 2 FSYNC - unconnected SCL - Arduino SCL dedicated pin SDA - Arduino SDA dedicated pin VIO - Arduino 3.3v CLK - unconnected ASCL - unconnected ASDA - unconnected
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This is probably one of the easiest boards to hook-up and use, and the on-board DMP is pretty nice. That being said, I found the results from the MEMS accel and gyro on this guy to be pretty wildly inaccurate. Adding an external compass helped to rectify that a little but in that case you’d want to move up to the MPU 9150 break-out board instead as it’s an all-in-one single die solution and easier to do than adding a compass as an afterthought to this board. I found a much more reliable MEMS 9DOF chip in the Bosch BNO055 chip thats even easier to use, though, and have been using that for my projects with better results. Hopefully Sparkfun will make a break-out board for that chip soon! Because of these things I only rated this board as “Okay” - it will generally work for you and it’s easy to use, but there are much better chips for the price.
A hookup guide would have been helpful. Many internet searches required before I got it working.
Plenty of code online for how to hook it up and retrieve data from it. Also very durable. I’ve done soldering of wires near it, heating it up with a heatgun (for nearby heatshrinks). Dropped tools on it and crashed my quadcopter but it survived all of that.
For a board of this price should be easier to use. I didn’t see anything in the provided documentation from Sparkfun about having to connect the VIO line to a 3V3 source as an IO Reference voltage. This should be documented better. Also the should be a solder-able bridge to tie VIO to VDD so that on 3V3 systems an aditional wire doesn’t need to be run. The one extra wire really should only be necessary with a 5V VDD. Also the addition of an LED again with a solder link to disable it would be very useful to help verify that the MPU-6050 is actually being powered.
The triple accel, triple gyro with internal temp sensor is why I bought this. Very thing you need for attitude sensing on a single chip. Communication via I2C was straight forward. Sparkfun should add a jumper however connecting VIO to the 3.3v, Once I figured that out (review above) everything worked fine.