Gyroscope Class

Gyroscope Class

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Provides Windows Phone applications access to the device’s gyroscope sensor.

Namespace:  Microsoft.Devices.Sensors
Assembly:  Microsoft.Devices.Sensors (in Microsoft.Devices.Sensors.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: Not mapped to an xmlns.

public sealed class Gyroscope : SensorBase<GyroscopeReading>
<Gyroscope .../>

The Gyroscope type exposes the following members.

Public methodGyroscopeInitializes a new instance of the Gyroscope class.

Public propertyCurrentValueGets an object that implements ISensorReading that contains the current value of the sensor. This object will be one of the following types, depending on which sensor is being referenced: AccelerometerReading, CompassReading, GyroscopeReading, MotionReading. (Inherited from SensorBase<TSensorReading>.)
Public propertyIsDataValidGets the validity of the sensor’s data. (Inherited from SensorBase<TSensorReading>.)
Public propertyStatic memberIsSupportedGets or sets whether the device on which the application is running supports the gyroscope sensor.
Public propertyTimeBetweenUpdatesGets or sets the preferred time between CurrentValueChanged events. (Inherited from SensorBase<TSensorReading>.)

Public methodDisposeReleases the managed and unmanaged resources used by the sensor. (Inherited from SensorBase<TSensorReading>.)
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from SensorBase<TSensorReading>.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodStartStarts acquisition of data from the sensor. (Inherited from SensorBase<TSensorReading>.)
Public methodStopStops acquisition of data from the sensor. (Inherited from SensorBase<TSensorReading>.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

Public eventCurrentValueChangedOccurs when new data arrives from the sensor. (Inherited from SensorBase<TSensorReading>.)

The gyroscope sensor is used to determine the rotational velocity of the device in each axis. You can use the values obtained from the gyroscope sensor to determine how quickly a device is rotating about each axis. You can then integrate these values over time to determine how far the device has rotated since you began sampling. Because a gyroscope measures rotational velocity and not angle, it is susceptible to issues related to drift. If you are interested in determining the attitude (yaw, pitch, and roll) of the device, you should use Motion instead.


If you use this API in your app, you must specify the following capabilities in the app manifest. Otherwise, your app might not work correctly or it might exit unexpectedly.


Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone OS 7.1

For more info, see App capabilities and hardware requirements for Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1

Windows Phone

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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