Ellipse Development Kit

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The Development Kit is a very quick and easy way to evaluate and use Ellipse sensors. It has been designed to save you both time and money by speeding up the evaluation and the integration of our products into your applications.

In just a few seconds you start testing, configuring, and integrating your new sensors.

The Development kit comes with your Ellipse sensor. It contains:

  • A quick start guide and the user manual,
  • The calibration report,
  • A USB cable to connect the Ellipse,
  • A USB Key including software and tools,
  • Access to full technical support and firmware updates

The sbgCenter application

This Windows application is a powerful and easy-to-use analysis tool. Just plug some devices to your computer and start visualizing real-time calibrated sensors data or orientation data of each connected device.


All data output by an Ellipse sensor can be displayed using an appropriate method. For example, calibrated sensors data will be shown in 2D graphics panels. Each graph view has zooming and panning capabilities allowing efficient data analysis. Other panels are available such as a 3D view representing the device orientation.


Using this application, configuration of the connected Ellipse is completed with just a few mouse clicks. All settings handled by our products can be modified and the result is diplayed in real time.

sbgCenter main window showing Euler Angles, Gyroscopes data, and 3D orientation


With the sbgCenter application, you are able to create and playback recordings. Thanks to the Time Line Control, you can finely analyze a recorded motion by travelling or zooming through the time.


The sbgCenter application offers advanced exporting capabilities. You can easily configure your export text file format in order to open your recording in third party software like Excel, Matlab, or CARIS for example. Each exported data can be enabled or disabled so you export only what you need.

Google Earth support.

Google Earth KML

The sbgCenter application is shipped with a powerful Google Earth KML plugin. Export a recording into Google Earth application and visualize both 3D orientation and position data.

In the sbgCenter demo package, a Google Earth KML sample file is available.

To download this sample file, please click here

The Iron Calibration Tool

This tool is used to take the best from the magnetic sensors included in Ellipse products. With good calibrated magnetic sensors, you will have, in all 3D orientations, an accurate heading information.

Easy and accurate

In only a few seconds, you can achieve a good calibration. Calibrating magnetometers is a really easy task, you just have to rotate the device normally in some directions.

Iron calibration Tool that allows Soft and Hard Iron calibration

Real time 3D visualization

Thanks to a powerful 3D interface, you visualize in real time the progress and the quality of the current calibration and adjust your procedure to get the best results.

Soft and Hard iron correction

The Iron Calibration Tool is intended to compensate both Soft AND Hard iron effects using a powerful calibration algorithm.

Supports 2D and 3D applications

The calibration procedure has two modes of operation, 2D mode and 3D mode. Most of the time, the 3D mode will be the best one but, when the sensor is only moved in a 2D plane, you should use the 2D mode.

Fast and Easy Integration

In order to reduce integration time of our products into customers’ applications, SBG Systems has developed a set of libraries that can be directly used to communicate with our products. The Development Kit also includes some source code samples that illustrate the use of our libraries.

The sbgECom C library

This library, provides all you need to develop code for our products. For example, with only three lines of code, you start reading sensors and orientation data from the Ellipse. All Ellipse features are implemented in the sbgECom library so you can use it to completely configure your sensor.

The sbgECom library is delivered with full documented source code and has been designed to be quickly adapted to any platforms including small microcontrollers.

Source Code Examples

The Development Kit includes some source codes that demonstrate how to use the sbgECom library. You will need only a few minutes to get the Ellipse working in your application.

Multi-platform support

To speed up the development process, SBG Systems has designed a Software and Development Kit that supports all modern platforms. The sbgECom library, used to communicate with Ellipse sensors, is provided with full source code and documentation. Both sbgECom library and examples source code compile natively on Windows using Visual Studio, Mac OS X and Unix/Linux thanks to Makefiles.

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