First let me say what Im trying to do, and that I'm pretty new to building electronics. My intent is to make an LED Contact staff that is interactive with the user. Im assuming most of you guys wont know what that is so here's a video of a person using a normal contact staff.
For my project im intending to use the Teensyduino board from PJRC converted to run at 3.3v. Im looking at using a battery like the UltraFire 3.7v 2400mah lithium ion battery for the power source.
I would like to use this accelerometer http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10955
from spark fun to control different flash modes for the Led. Things like direction changes and the like would create different patterns.
My question is, would this accelerometer be a good choice for this project? or would something like a simple tilt switch be a better choice? The option needs to be fairly robust, as the staff spends almost as much time hitting the ground as it does on the users arms haha.