ac·​cel·​er·​om·​e·​ter | \ ik-ˌse-lə-ˈrä-mə-tər How to pronounce accelerometer (audio) , ak-\

Definition of accelerometer

: an instrument for measuring acceleration or for detecting and measuring vibrations

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PigeonBot is equipped with an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a barometer, an airspeed sensor, a GPS, compasses, and radio transceivers that transmit flight information to a laptop. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death," 12 June 2019 On my prototype, the accelerometer is almost completely non-functional, and the device doesn’t know when the keyboard is in tablet position — the keys remain active, and there’s no prompt to activate Windows’ tablet mode. Sam Byford, The Verge, "The Falcon is a cute 8-inch laptop that folds into a janky tablet," 5 Dec. 2018 Each rover has two cameras, a thermometer, and an accelerometer. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Japan's Space Agency Landed Bouncing Rovers on an Asteroid," 24 Sep. 2018 If a car's cameras and accelerometers detect someone leaning on the car, for example, the car's center screen will display, in font big enough for the knucklehead to see, a message that cameras are recording. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Rolls Out Sentry Mode and Dog Mode to the Model 3," 14 Feb. 2019 These mechanical systems are used for things like the gyroscope and accelerometers. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Helium implicated in weird iPhone malfunctions," 31 Oct. 2018 In what appears to be a clear competitor to Life Alert, the Series 4 detects falls using a new accelerometer and gyroscope. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Why I Finally Fell for This Wearable," 2 Oct. 2018 Instead of using cameras or accelerometers to make motion control happen, engineers from Google's experimental Advanced Technology and Projects division turned to extremely short-distance radar with fantastic results. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "FCC Clears Google's Bonkers Radar Motion Tech," 2 Jan. 2019 Move Minutes are just the old step counter over time, but now separated Heart Points are earned for more vigorous workouts, as detected by accelerometers, speed, manual logging, and the heart-rate monitor of a Wear OS smart watch. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Fit gets all-white redesign, new activity rings [Update]," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of accelerometer

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accelerometer

borrowed from French accéléromètre, from accélérer "to accelerate" (borrowed from Latin accelerāre) + -o- -o- + -mètre -meter

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ac·​cel·​er·​om·​e·​ter | \ ik-ˌsel-ə-ˈräm-ət-ər, ak- How to pronounce accelerometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of accelerometer

: an instrument for measuring acceleration or for detecting and measuring vibrations

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