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Magnetometer

Description

The magnetometer is used to measure magnetic flux density. This is the total magnetic field passing through a given area, per metre squared,
T⋅m2m2\frac{T \cdot m^2}{m^2}
. The sensor will returns values with units of microtesla
μT\mu T
for each of the three coordinate axes; x, y and, z. The magnetic flux density is quite similar to magnetic field strength.

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Adding a Magnetometer to your app

To add a Magnetometer to your app:
  1. 1.
    Go to the Blocks tab of your project
  2. 2.
    Find the Sensors drawer of blocks and click on the ⊕ symbol to add a Sensor to your app
  3. 3.
    Select Magnetometer from the menu that pops up
You will see a settings panel where you can set:
  • The Name of the Magnetometer
  • Whether the Magnetometer is Enabled
You can either confirm your choices and create the Magnetometer, or delete the Magnetometer.

Change Settings of Magnetometer

‌You will see the sensors you have added to your app underneath the Sensors section of your blocks.
If you click on the ⚙ icon next to your Magnetometer, you will be able to edit its settings as seen in the panels above. You can click on your Magnetometer's name to access its drawer of blocks.‌

Properties

Property
Description
Data Type
Enabled
Toggle whether the component is functioning in your app
True/False

Blocks

Events

When Magnetometer Changes

When the magnetometer detects a change in the ambient magnetic field the Changes event will fire. The event returns 4 parameters that we can work with.
Parameter
Type
Returns
xFluxDensity
Number
Flux density, in the x direction, expressed in
μT\mu T
yFluxDensity
Number
Flux density, in the y direction, expressed in
μT\mu T
zFluxDensity
Number
Flux density, in the z direction, expressed in
μT\mu T
error
String
Error message from the Sensor

Functions

Call X

Returns flux density, in the x direction, expressed in
μT\mu T
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Call Y

Returns flux density, in the y direction, expressed in
μT\mu T
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Call Z

Returns flux density, in the x direction, expressed in
μT\mu T
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Call Heading

Returns a value between 0 and 360 which denotes the user's direction relative to the Earth's geographic North Pole

Properties

Enabled

The magnetometer is, by default, turned on, but the enabled property can be used to turn in on and off by setting it to true or false respectively.
Property
Type
Default
set Enabled
Bool
true
get Enabled
Bool
true