Android library which makes detecting gestures a breeze.

The library is built for simplicity and ease of use. It eliminates most boilerplate code for dealing with setting up gesture detection on Android.

Code Quality Rank: L4
Programming language: Java
Tags: Sensor     Gesture     Motion    
Latest version: v1.8.0

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Android library which makes playing with sensor events & detecting gestures a breeze. The library is built for simplicity and ease of use. It eliminates most boilerplate code for dealing with setting up sensor based event and gesture detection on Android. <!-- Bintray --> <!-- API --> <!-- Android Arsenal --> <!-- Android Sweets --> <!-- Android Dev Digest --> <!-- Android Dev Digest --> <!-- Android Weekly --> <!-- Android Weekly --> <!-- Awesome Android --> <!-- GitHub stars --> <!-- GitHub forks --> <!-- GitHub watchers --> <!-- Say Thanks! --> <!-- GitHub followers --> <!-- Twitter Follow -->

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Blog Post: I could not find a simple Gesture Detection android library, so I built one

Built with ❤︎ by Nishant Srivastava and contributors

Screenshot of sample app

[sc1](img/sc1.png) [sc2](img/sc2.png)

Supported gestures/events

  1. Flip
    • onFaceUp
    • onFaceDown
  2. Light
    • onDark
    • onLight
  3. Orientation
    • onTopSideUp
    • onBottomSideUp
    • onLeftSideUp
    • onRightSideUp
  4. PinchScale
    • OnScale
    • OnScaleStart
    • OnScaleEnd
  5. Proximity
    • onNear
    • onFar
  6. Shake
  7. Wave
  8. Chop
  9. WristTwist
  10. Movement
  11. SoundLevel
  12. RotationAngle
  13. TiltDirection
  14. TouchType
    • onDoubleTap
    • onScroll(direction)
    • onSingleTap
    • onSwipeLeft
    • onSwipeRight
    • onLongPress
    • onTwoFingerSingleTap
    • onThreeFingerSingleTap


Starting with 1.0.1, Changes exist in the releases tab.

Including in your project

Sensey is available in the Jcenter, so getting it as simple as adding it as a dependency

implementation 'com.github.nisrulz:sensey:{latest version}'

where {latest version} corresponds to published version in Download

Simple example

  • To initialize Sensey under your onCreate()` in the activity/service, call

  • To stop Sensey, under your onDestroy() in the activity/service, call

    // *** IMPORTANT ***
    // Stop Sensey and release the context held by it
  • Next to enable shake detection

    • Create an instance of ShakeListener ```java ShakeDetector.ShakeListener shakeListener=new ShakeDetector.ShakeListener() { @Override public void onShakeDetected() { // Shake detected, do something }

    @Override public void onShakeStopped() { // Shake stopped, do something } };

    + Now to start listening for Shake gesture, pass the instance `shakeListener` to `startShakeDetection()` function

If you want to modify the threshold and time before declaring that shake gesture is stopped, use

  • To stop listening for Shake gesture, pass the instance shakeListener to stopShakeDetection() function java Sensey.getInstance().stopShakeDetection(shakeListener);

:page_with_curl: For more info , check the Wiki Docs

Pull Requests

I welcome and encourage all pull requests. It usually will take me within 24-48 hours to respond to any issue or request. Here are some basic rules to follow to ensure timely addition of your request:

  1. Match coding style (braces, spacing, etc.) This is best achieved using CMD+Option+L (Reformat code) on Mac (not sure for Windows) with Android Studio defaults. This project uses a modified version of Grandcentrix's code style, so please use the same when editing this project.
  2. If its a feature, bugfix, or anything please only change code to what you specify.
  3. Please keep PR titles easy to read and descriptive of changes, this will make them easier to merge :)
  4. Pull requests must be made against develop branch. Any other branch (unless specified by the maintainers) will get rejected.
  5. Check for existing issues first, before filing an issue.
  6. Have fun!

Apps using Sensey

If you are using Sensey in your app and would like to be listed here, please let me know by opening a new issue!

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Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0, click here for the full license.

Author & support

This project was created by Nishant Srivastava but hopefully developed and maintained by many others. See the the list of contributors here.

If you appreciate my work, consider buying me a cup of :coffee: to keep me recharged :metal:

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*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Sensey README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.