Tilt-a-Whirl Hookup Guide

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Tilt-a-Whirl Overview

The RPI-1031 Tilt-a-Whirl is a tilt sensor on a breakout board that senses a change in orientation in four different directions. Internally, the sensor has optical sensors that are blocked when a small metal ball rolls in the direction of the orientation change. The sensor then outputs a signal indicating which side the ball is touching.

Tilt-a-Whirl Breakout

The board works at both 3.3V and 5V and breaks out the pins to the standard 0.1" headers.

Required Materials

We recommend you have access to the following materials to follow along with this tutorial.

Suggested Reading

These sensors are pretty easy to get started using, but you may want to check out some of the additional material below if you haven't done much work previously on Arduino boards.