Smartphone Sensors

Thanks to advances in electronic technologies, smartphones have many sensors that allow them to interact with the outside world (movement, light, magnetic field, etc.). For physicists, these sensors turn the smartphone into a scientific measuring instrument using apps like phyphox.


How do these sensors work? Here are six sheets that explain the physical principles behind.


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This project was designed in a collaboration between the “Physics Reimagined” team and the COMPAS department of the Faculté des Sciences from Université Paris-Saclay.


Physics and mediation: Frédéric Bouquet, Julien Bobroff, Anaïs Vergnolle


Illustrations and graphics: Anna Khazina


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