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Grove - Step Counter(BMA456)

The Grove - Step Counter(BMA456) is based on BMA456, which is an exetremely small, triaxial, low-g high performance accelerations module. Thanks to the special algorithm of BOSCH, we made this module a portable pedometer.

Relaiable, cost-effective, on top of that, it's very easy to use, you can easily add this plug and play module on your wearable devices.


Product VersionChangesReleased Date
Grove - Step Counter(BMA456)InitialOct 2018


  • On chip FIFO
  • Ultra-low power
  • On-chip interrupt
  • Programable functionality


Operating Voltage3.3V / 5V
Acceleration Range±2g, ±4g, ±8g, ±16g
Sensitivity16384 @±2g / 8192 @±4g / 4096 @±8g / 2048 @±16g
I^2^C Address0x19(default) / 0x18(optional)
SizeL: 40mm W: 20mm H: 10mm
Package sizeL: 140mm W: 90mm H: 10mm
Gross Weight9g

Typical applications

  • Applications with height constrains
  • Plug and Play Step-Counter solution with watermark functionality
  • Fitness applications / Activity Tracking
  • Power management for wearable applications
  • Display on/off and profile switching
  • User interface without hardware buttons
  • E-compass tilt compensation and data synchronization
  • High performance angle measurements

Hardware Overview

Pin Out



The typical voltage of BMA456 is 1.8V, so we use the XC6206P182MR chip to provide a stable 1.8V. The input of XC6206P33 ranges from 1.8V to 6.0V, so you can use this module with your Arduino both in 3.3V and 5V.

Bi-directional level shifter circuit

This is a typical Bi-directional level shifter circuit to connect two different voltage section of an I^2^C bus. The I2C bus of this sensor use 3.3V, if the I2C bus of the Arduino use 5V, this circuit will be needed. In the schematic above, Q6 and Q5 are N-Channel MOSFET 2N7002A, which act as a bidirectional switch. In order to better understand this part, you can refer to the AN10441

Platforms Supported

ArduinoRaspberry Pi
The platforms mentioned above as supported is/are an indication of the module's software or theoritical compatibility. We only provide software library or code examples for Arduino platform in most cases. It is not possible to provide software library / demo code for all possible MCU platforms. Hence, users have to write their own software library.

Getting Started

Play With Arduino


Materials required

Seeeduino V4.2Base ShieldGrove - Step Counter(BMA456)
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**1** Please plug the USB cable gently, otherwise you may damage the port. Please use the USB cable with 4 wires inside, the 2 wires cable can't transfer data. If you are not sure about the wire you have, you can click [here]( to buy

**2** Each Grove module comes with a Grove cable when you buy. In case you lose the Grove cable, you can click [here]( to buy.
  • Step 1. Connect the Grove - Step Counter(BMA456) to port I^2^C of Grove-Base Shield.

  • Step 2. Plug Grove - Base Shield into Seeeduino.

  • Step 3. Connect Seeeduino to PC via a USB cable.

    If we don't have Grove Base Shield, We also can directly connect this module to Seeeduino as below.
SeeeduinoGrove CableGrove - Step Counter(BMA456)
5V or 3.3VRedVCC


    If this is the first time you work with Arduino, we strongly recommend you to see [Getting Started with Arduino]( before the start.
  • Step 1. Download the Seeed_BMA456 Library from Github.

  • Step 2. Refer to How to install library to install library for Arduino.

  • Step 3. Restart the Arduino IDE. Open the example, you can open it in the following three ways:

    1. Open it directly in the Arduino IDE via the path: File --> Examples --> Grove -Step Counter(BMA456) --> step_counter.
    2. Open it in your computer by click the step_counter.ino which you can find in the folder XXXX\Arduino\libraries\Seeed_BMA456-master\examples\step_counter, XXXX is the location you installed the Arduino IDE.
    3. Or, you can just click the icon in upper right corner of the code block to copy the following code into a new sketch in the Arduino IDE.
#include "arduino_bma456.h"

uint32_t step = 0;

void setup(void)
Serial.println("BMA456 Step Counter");

bma456.initialize(RANGE_4G, ODR_1600_HZ, NORMAL_AVG4, CONTINUOUS);

void loop(void)
step = bma456.getStepCounterOutput();

Serial.print("Step: ");

    The library file may be updated. This code may not be applicable to the updated library file, so we recommend that you use the first two methods.
  • Step 4. Upload the demo. If you do not know how to upload the code, please check How to upload code.

  • Step 5. Open the Serial Monitor of Arduino IDE by click Tool-> Serial Monitor. Or tap the ++ctrl+shift+m++ key at the same time. Set the baud rate to 115200.

 If every thing goes well, when you open the Serial Monitor and walk with this sensor on or move it to simulated walking posture , it may show as below:
Step: 0
BMA456 Step Counter
Step: 0
Step: 0
Step: 18
Step: 20
Step: 22
Step: 24
Step: 26
Step: 28
Step: 30
Step: 32
Step: 34
Step: 36
Step: 38

Schematic Online Viewer



This is the introduction Video of this product, simple demos, you can have a try.

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