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Connecting a accelerometer to Particle Argon and sending on/off signals over RTW

In this tutorial I will show you how to connect a accelerometer to Particle Argon and using curl to send on/off commands over RTW. I will be using the MPU6050 accelerometer, which is a module that measures the force that is applied to the XYZ-axsises of the device it also has a gyro but we will not use this function in this example.


1 x Particle Argon

1 x MPU6050

4 x Wire


The MPU6050 has 8 pins which includes Vcc, Gnd, SCL and SDA.

Vcc Vcc



#include "MPU6050.h"
#include <cmath>
int ledPin = D7;

// MPU variables:
MPU6050 accelgyro;
int16_t ax, ay, az;
int16_t gx, gy, gz;

//Variables to save states
int lastZ = 0;
int lastS = false;

//Initiation of the RTWparticle libary(No parameters passed since we are not using the recive capabilitys of the libary)
RTWparticle rtwParticle("", "", "", "", "");

void setup() {
//Calling Wire.begin() to be able to use the sda and scl capabilitys of the particle
//Starting the accelgyrofunction.


void loop() {
// read raw accel/gyro measurements from device
accelgyro.getMotion6(&ax, &ay, &az, &gx, &gy, &gz);

//Setting the lastZ if it is not yet set
if(lastZ == 0){
lastZ = az;

//Setting the senstivity to 2000 so that there will be some force applied to the device to trigger.
int sensitivity = 2000;

//Calculating the treshold when the action should be triggered 
int nowZMi = az - sensitivity;
//Defining string for rtwTxt
String rtwTxt;

//Checking if lastZ is lower than the minimum trigger value
if(lastZ < nowZMi){
//Checking if last state is false if it is it sets rtwTxt to 1 and last state to true if not it does the oposite
lastS = true;
rtwTxt = "1";
lastS = false;
rtwTxt = "0";
//Sending rtw message
rtwParticle.sendRTW("ServiceName", "ObjectID", "User", "password", "onOff=" + rtwTxt, "Domain");
//Delay to avoid double registration

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