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Sensor types supported by Android platform





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1) TYPE_ACCELEROMETER(Hardware)

Measures the acceleration force in m/s2 that is applied to a device on all three physical axes (x, y, and z), including the force of gravity.

Common Uses:-Motion detection (shake, tilt, etc.).

2) TYPE_AMBIENT_TEMPERATURE(Hardware)

Measures the ambient room temperature in degrees Celsius (°C).

Common Uses:- Measures air temperatures

3) TYPE_GRAVITY(Software or Hardware)

Measures the force of gravity in m/s2 that is applied to a device on all three physical axes (x, y, z).

Common Uses:- Motion detection (shake, tilt, etc.).

4) TYPE_GYROSCOPE(Hardware)

Measures a device's rate of rotation in rad/s around each of the three physical axes (x, y, and z).

Common Uses:- Rotation detection (spin, turn, etc.).

5) TYPE_LIGHT(Hardware)

Measures the ambient light level (illumination) in lx.

Common Uses: Controlling screen brightness.

6) TYPE_LINEAR ACCELERATION(Hardware or Software)

Measures the acceleration force in m/s2 that is applied to a device on all three physical axes (x, y, and z), excluding the force of gravity.

Common Uses: Monitoring acceleration along a single axis.

7) TYPE_MAGNETIC FIELD(Hardware)

Measures the ambient geomagnetic field for all three physical axes (x, y, z) in μT.

Common Uses: Creating a Compass

8) TYPE_ORIENTATION(Software)

Measures degrees of rotation that a device makes around all three physical axes (x, y, z). As of API level 3 you can obtain the inclination matrix and rotation matrix for a device by using the gravity sensor and the geomagnetic field sensor in conjunction with the getRotationMatrix() method.

Common Uses: Determining device position.

9) TYPE_PRESSURE(Hardware)

Measures the ambient air pressure in hPa or mbar.

Common Uses: Monitoring air pressure changes.

10) TYPE_PROXIMITY(Hardware)

Measures the proximity of an object in cm relative to the view screen of a device. This sensor is typically used to determine whether a handset is being held up to a person's ear.

Common Uses: Phone position during a call.

11) TYPE_RELATIVE_HUMIDITY(Hardware)

Measures the relative ambient humidity in percent (%).

Common Uses: Monitoring dewpoint, absolute, and relative humidity.

12) TYPE_ROTATION_VECTOR(Software or Hardware)

Measures the orientation of a device by providing the three elements of the device's rotation vector.

Common Uses: Motion detection and rotation detection.

13) TYPE_TEMPERATURE(Hardware)

Measures the temperature of the device in degrees Celsius (°C). This sensor implementation varies across devices and this sensor was replaced with the TYPE_AMBIENT_TEMPERATURE sensor in API Level 14

Common Uses: Monitoring temperatures
1) TYPE_ACCELEROMETER(Hardware)

Measures the acceleration force in m/s2 that is applied to a device on all three physical axes (x, y, and z), including the force of gravity.

Common Uses:-Motion detection (shake, tilt, etc.).

2) TYPE_AMBIENT_TEMPERATURE(Hardware)

Measures the ambient room temperature in degrees Celsius (°C).

Common Uses:- Measures air temperatures

3) TYPE_GRAVITY(Software or Hardware)

Measures the force of gravity in m/s2 that is applied to a device on all three physical axes (x, y, z).

Common Uses:- Motion detection (shake, tilt, etc.).

4) TYPE_GYROSCOPE(Hardware)

Measures a device's rate of rotation in rad/s around each of the three physical axes (x, y, and z).

Common Uses:- Rotation detection (spin, turn, etc.).

5) TYPE_LIGHT(Hardware)

Measures the ambient light level (illumination) in lx.

Common Uses: Controlling screen brightness.

6) TYPE_LINEAR ACCELERATION(Hardware or Software)

Measures the acceleration force in m/s2 that is applied to a device on all three physical axes (x, y, and z), excluding the force of gravity.

Common Uses: Monitoring acceleration along a single axis.

7) TYPE_MAGNETIC FIELD(Hardware)

Measures the ambient geomagnetic field for all three physical axes (x, y, z) in μT.

Common Uses: Creating a Compass

TYPE_ORIENTATION(Software)

Measures degrees of rotation that a device makes around all three physical axes (x, y, z). As of API level 3 you can obtain the inclination matrix and rotation matrix for a device by using the gravity sensor and the geomagnetic field sensor in conjunction with the getRotationMatrix() method.

Common Uses: Determining device position.

9) TYPE_PRESSURE(Hardware)

Measures the ambient air pressure in hPa or mbar.

Common Uses: Monitoring air pressure changes.

10) TYPE_PROXIMITY(Hardware)

Measures the proximity of an object in cm relative to the view screen of a device. This sensor is typically used to determine whether a handset is being held up to a person's ear.

Common Uses: Phone position during a call.

11) TYPE_RELATIVE_HUMIDITY(Hardware)

Measures the relative ambient humidity in percent (%).

Common Uses: Monitoring dewpoint, absolute, and relative humidity.

12) TYPE_ROTATION_VECTOR(Software or Hardware)

Measures the orientation of a device by providing the three elements of the device's rotation vector.

Common Uses: Motion detection and rotation detection.

13) TYPE_TEMPERATURE(Hardware)

Measures the temperature of the device in degrees Celsius (°C). This sensor implementation varies across devices and this sensor was replaced with the TYPE_AMBIENT_TEMPERATURE sensor in API Level 14

Common Uses: Monitoring temperatures
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