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Product Specifications

Sensor hardware

-     Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connection

-     Approximately 150 ft wireless range

-     Approximately 80 hours of operation on one coin (CR2032) cell battery

-     Durable: can withstand 6 ft drop onto concrete surface

-     Dimensions: L 2.65 x W 0.65 x H 1.15 inches

 

Sensor specifications

-     Data rate: up to 33 samples/sec

-     Ability to record two sensor measurements simultaneously

-     Accelerometer: 8g range, 0.001 g resolution

-     Gyroscope: 2000 o/sec range, 1.0 deg/sec resolution

-     Magnetometer: 1000 uT range, 0.1 uT resolution

-     Pressure: 30 to 180 kPa range, 3 Pa (0.3 meters) resolution

-     Temperature: -20 to 70 oC range, 0.5 oC accuracy

 

App

-     iOS, Android, Windows 10, and Chromebook compatible

-     Mac support in development

-     Real-time data visualization and data recording

-     Export data as .csv file to Google Drive, Microsoft Excel, etc.

 

Cloud Software (in development)

-     Data storage from app

-     Ability to share data with lab group and classroom

-     Teacher can manage all devices in classroom

-     Data integration with Google Drive, Microsoft Excel, etc.

 

Curriculum

-     Open access to online experiments and demos

-     Over 35 Experiments covering a wide variety of topics and grade levels.

-     More curriculum in development aligned with Middle School and High School Next Generation Science Standards

Measuring pressure in a syringe with PocketLab's barometer

Show this PocketLab video to your students and pose a series of questions as a Do Now.

Example - How and why are volume and barometric pressure related? What is happening to the gas particles in the syringe? What is barometric pressure a measurement of?

PocketLab Accelerometer - Measuring acceleration due to gravity

Show this PocketLab video to your students and pose a series of questions as a Do Now.


Example: What’s causing the non-zero acceleration reading if the PocketLab isn’t moving? Why does the axis with the non-zero acceleration reading change? Would its value be different on another planet?

PocketLab Improved My Life

A member of the PocketLab community posted to our forum last week, describing a clever way he used PocketLab’s magnetometer to help with a medical condition. We aren’t medical doctors, and PocketLab is not a medical device. This post is not endorsing PocketLab to be used to collect medically relevant data, however, we think this post speaks to the creativity of our users. It sure put a smile on our faces.

The following was from user @ibid, posted to our forum on August 19:

PocketLab Improved My Life

I had a cardiac device implanted about 5 years ago and was given an extensive list of appliances, tools, etc., to avoid due to possible interference, including triggering the built-in defibrillator. Unfortunately, one of the listed appliances was induction cooktops, which we had just installed as part of a kitchen renovation. For those not aware, induction cooktops use AC current to create an oscillating magnetic field that then interacts directly with the cooking vessel to heat it.

Example PocketLab Magnetic Field data, NOT @ibid’s data.

Example PocketLab Magnetic Field data, NOT @ibid’s data.

Long story short, I have not been able to go near the operating stove at all…I’ve conservatively stayed pretty far away to avoid the unpleasant consequences. PocketLab changed all that. With my wife moving the [PocketLab] toward the stove, I was able to very clearly see how far the magnetic field effects were projecting and determine a safe zone for myself. Now I can confidently approach the stove much more closely and even use it to some extent without fear of it interfering with my device.

It seems like a small thing, but it’s a big deal for me.
Thanks, [PocketLab]!

PocketLab is Ready to Ship!

Fulfillment update

After hours of USPS box folding, tiny-screw tightening, and quality assurance testing, we are happy to announce that our manufacturing and fulfillment is up to speed. We can’t thank our supporters enough.

If you pre-ordered a PocketLab through Kickstarter or through our own site, chances are you’ve already paired it to your device and explored with it.

If you pre-ordered and don’t have yours yet, it is most likely in transit. You should have received a tracking number from stamps.com if it shipped. If you haven’t heard anything from us or from stamps.com, make sure you filled out your Kickstarter survey (if you were a backer) so we have your mailing address and then send us a message at support@thepocketlab.com.

We want to hear from you!

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How are you using your PocketLab? What are you attaching it to? What kind of acceleration can you get from your homemade catapult? Have you already made a cool PocketLab video? There are a number of ways to share with our community. Post PocketLab ideas and videos to Twitter using our handle @thepocketlab or #thepocketlab.  Post to Facebook and link it to our page, Facebook.com/thepocketlab, or post it to the forum under “Fun Activities and Use Cases.” 

It’s already been great to hear from so many enthusiastic users who are exploring with PocketLab in exciting new ways. The PocketLab community wants to hear more!

Calling all teachers…

We have 25 PocketLab experiments posted on our forum under“School Curriculum.” You can download a lesson, use it or modify it for you specific grade level or classroom, and share it back with the community to help other teachers.

We know the best classroom ideas and lessons for PocketLab will come from our teacher community. If you make your own teaching resource that takes advantage of the PocketLab we want you to share it with the community on our forum under “Share your Labs and Assignments.”

This is an exciting time for PocketLab. We owe everything to our supporters and community, so a huge thank you from the entire PocketLab Team.

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