1. Jody McAdams
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// Code by: Jody McAdams
// Original code from: http://bildr.org/2011/06/l3g4200d-arduino/
// License: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php (Go crazy)

#include <Wire.h>

#define kFilteringFactor 0.1f

#define CTRL_REG1 0x20
#define CTRL_REG2 0x21
#define CTRL_REG3 0x22
#define CTRL_REG4 0x23
#define CTRL_REG5 0x24

//Sensitivity from data sheet in mdps/digit (millidegrees per second)
const float SoDR_250 = 8.75f;
const float SoDR_500 = 17.50f;
const float SoDR_2000 = 70.0f;

//Digital zero-rate level from data sheet in dps (degrees per second)
const float DVoff_250 = 10.0f;
const float DVoff_500 = 15.0f;
const float DVoff_2000 = 75.0f;

//Final scale factors based on data sheet numbers
const float scale_250 = SoDR_250/1000.0f;
const float scale_500 = SoDR_500/1000.0f;
const float scale_2000 = SoDR_2000/1000.0f;

//Save the scale value that will be used when the program starts
float scaleFactor = 0.0f;

int L3G4200D_Address = 105; //I2C address of the L3G4200D

float x = 0.0f;
float y = 0.0f;
float z = 0.0f;

void setup(){


  Serial.println("starting up L3G4200D");
  setupL3G4200D(500); // Configure L3G4200  - 250, 500 or 2000 deg/sec

  delay(1500); //wait for the sensor to be ready 

void loop(){
   getGyroValues();  // This will update x, y, and z with new values


  delay(100); //Just here to slow down the serial to make it more readable

void getGyroValues(){

  byte xMSB = readRegister(L3G4200D_Address, 0x29);
  byte xLSB = readRegister(L3G4200D_Address, 0x28);
  float xVal = scaleFactor * ((xMSB << 8) | xLSB);

  byte yMSB = readRegister(L3G4200D_Address, 0x2B);
  byte yLSB = readRegister(L3G4200D_Address, 0x2A);
  float yVal = scaleFactor * ((yMSB << 8) | yLSB);

  byte zMSB = readRegister(L3G4200D_Address, 0x2D);
  byte zLSB = readRegister(L3G4200D_Address, 0x2C);
  float zVal = scaleFactor * ((zMSB << 8) | zLSB);
    x = FilterInput(x,xVal);
    y = FilterInput(y,yVal);
    z = FilterInput(z,zVal);
    x = xVal;
    y = yVal;
    z = zVal;

int setupL3G4200D(int scale){
  //From  Jim Lindblom of Sparkfun's code

  // Enable x, y, z and turn off power down:
  writeRegister(L3G4200D_Address, CTRL_REG1, 0b00001111);

  // If you'd like to adjust/use the HPF, you can edit the line below to configure CTRL_REG2:
  writeRegister(L3G4200D_Address, CTRL_REG2, 0b00000000);

  // Configure CTRL_REG3 to generate data ready interrupt on INT2
  // No interrupts used on INT1, if you'd like to configure INT1
  // or INT2 otherwise, consult the datasheet:
  writeRegister(L3G4200D_Address, CTRL_REG3, 0b00001000);

  // CTRL_REG4 controls the full-scale range, among other things:

    case 250:
      writeRegister(L3G4200D_Address, CTRL_REG4, 0b00000000);
      scaleFactor = scale_250;
    case 500:
      writeRegister(L3G4200D_Address, CTRL_REG4, 0b00010000);
      scaleFactor = scale_500;
    case 2000:
      writeRegister(L3G4200D_Address, CTRL_REG4, 0b00110000);
      scaleFactor = scale_2000;

  // CTRL_REG5 controls high-pass filtering of outputs, use it
  // if you'd like:
  writeRegister(L3G4200D_Address, CTRL_REG5, 0b00000000);

void writeRegister(int deviceAddress, byte address, byte val) {
    Wire.beginTransmission(deviceAddress); // start transmission to device 
    Wire.write(address);       // send register address
    Wire.write(val);         // send value to write
    Wire.endTransmission();     // end transmission

int readRegister(int deviceAddress, byte address){

    int v;
    Wire.write(address); // register to read

    Wire.requestFrom(deviceAddress, 1); // read a byte

    while(!Wire.available()) {
        // waiting

    v = Wire.read();
    return v;

float FilterInput(float currInput, float newInput)
  return (newInput * kFilteringFactor) + (currInput * (1.0f - kFilteringFactor));