I am currently in need for filtering accelerometer data for an Android application. First of all, I used a simple low-pass filter (simple infinite impulse response filter) as follows:
for i from 1 to n y[i] := y[i-1] + α * (x[i] - y[i-1])
This helped me achieve a smoother result.
Then I decided to play with FFTs. I used a fast-fourier transform to get the signal into frequency domain and then zeroed some of the high frequencies. Then using inverse fourier transform I recreated the signal. This all worked fine and I know that the FFT and IFT implementations are fine. However, the signal wasn't as smooth as the one that I got from before using the simple infinite impulse response filter. I tried zeroing some further frequencies but didn't give me as good of a result as expected.
What is the reason behind this? I though using FFTs and IFT should technically give me a nice smooth graphs. Is this because of the sampling in FFT?