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IMU -> rotation angle -> quaternions

  1. Mar 22, 2012 #1
    I'm trying to determine the link between an IMU I have (tri-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer) and determining its rotation using quaternions.

    I've spent a while reading up on the IMU's properties, and quaternions, but I can't get my head around how the two meet.

    So, scenario: I have my IMU collecting accelerometer data (in G's) and gyroscope data (in degrees/s) at 64Hz (for example, we're also ignoring magnetometer here). My IMU is sitting on a desk with x pointing away from me, y pointing to the left, and z point up to the sky. The accelerometer data will read x = 0, y = 0, z = 1 (due to gravity). I turn my IMU by 90° to the left (x pointing to the left, y pointing towards me, z still pointing up, data remains the same) and then put it on its side (x still pointing left, y pointing to the ground, z pointing towards me, data now x = 0, y = -1, z = 0. Gyroscope data of course changes during the movements.

    Now, I know I need to do some form of double integration to get the acceleration to velocity and then position. But what exactly I'm not too sure. I assume once the necessary calculations have been performed they will be in an angular form which I can put into the quaternion equation.

    Could someone please help me break down the task/math so that I can work out the rotation, please.

    Thank you!
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