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PocketLab Manufacturing Update #4

Originally posted on Kickstarter:

Backers,

After a couple weeks of long hours of coding and testing, we are moving ahead with manufacturing! We have ordered all of the PocketLab sensors to fulfill the Kickstarter orders, and we are waiting on parts to return from our manufacturing partners. If everything progress as expected, we will be fulfilling orders in mid-July. We will be sending out surveys soon to collect your shipping information, color choice, t-shirt size, or any option that was included with your reward tier. Kickstarter only allows us to send out one survey to all the backers, so we are making sure everything is in order before we send it out.

We greatly appreciate your messages of excitement and encouragement. We apologize for the delay, because the new hardware took extra time to test and verify functionality. The results are really cool though! For example, we changed the pressure sensor to a new component that enables much higher accuracy and faster data output. We encapsulated PocketLab in a Protective Sphere of Science (see picture) and then conducted some projectile motion experiments.red ball and sensor

Using the pressure sensor we can calculate the height of the ball. Then using the accelerometer, we can directly measure acceleration and also calculate speed. So after just 15 seconds of setup, you can conduct experiments to measure, position, speed, and acceleration vs. time (see the graphs below). We think the results really illustrate the derivative and integral relationships between position, speed, and acceleration. We can’t wait until everyone has the chance to try.

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projectile speed

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We will continue to update you with manufacturing progress and any other changes that occur. As always, please let us know any thoughts or questions you have.

Gratefully,

Clifton and The PocketLab Team

A Big Thank You and What's Next

As our Kickstarter campaign comes to a successful close, the first thing we want to do is thank all the backers, friends, supporters, and explorers that have helped us make our campaign successful beyond our imagination! We have surpassed $100,000, and reached a level of funding – more than 5x our goal!

A big part of the success was getting the word out. Thank you to everyone who shared, linked to, tweeted and told your friends!  We could not have done it without you.  We were humbled by the depth and breadth of the press coverage we received.  The NY Times,Popular Science, Fictiv, TechCrunch, Texas Instruments, andGeekWire all wrote wonderful articles about The PocketLab and brought a diverse crowd of backers to our site from all corners of the internet.  We even landed on a BuzzFeed List!

The Kickstarter site is no longer taking backers, but, don’t worry – if you want to pre-order The PocketLab, we can take your order on our eCommerce site: www.thepocketlab.com.  Just click on the “pre-order” tab, or scroll to the bottom of the site.

We are still on track for an end of June delivery and for a limited time (until we are shipping production units) we will be honoring the Kickstarter price of $98.  Large order discounts and accessories are available on the site as well.  If you missed the Kickstarter, go to our site and pre-order yours now!

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Myriad Sensors Announces First Commercial Product Aimed at EdTech

Palo Alto, Cali. - March 10, 2015 -- Myriad Sensors, Inc. today announced the release of its premiere hardware and software product, the PocketLab, developed by co-founders Clifton Roozeboom and Adrian Albert. The PocketLab is the first in what will be a series of products developed by Myriad Sensors aimed at impacting the lives of hobbyists, makers and students around the world.

Despite being a newcomer in consumer goods, Myriad's first product packs a punch. Fully loaded  with six embedded sensors, a splash- and shock-resistant case and changeable batteries, this 1”x 3” gadget can hang with the toughest crowd. After watching early testers interact with the PocketLab in a number of settings, durability became the team’s number one priority.  

“In order for PocketLab to be useful, it needs to go where you go,” said Clif Roozeboom, Myriad Sensors CEO. “We wanted a rugged tool that can help you explore anywhere.”

“The original idea came from watching students struggle through difficult physics lessons and thinking there must be a way to make this more applicable to everyday life,” Roozeboom said. “What if we gave people a tool to explore on their own terms?”  

PocketLab can help students gather and manipulate data like acceleration, barometric pressure and magnetic field strength in real time, anywhere they choose.  

Everyone in Roozeboom’s life, from his lab mates, to his crossfit friends, to his father, has tried PocketLab and found new uses for it. For fitness enthusiasts, PocketLab is a way to detect minute changes in their bodies’ strength and ability levels. For techies, PocketLab enables them to record and manipulate data to answer a multitude of questions. Recently a beta tester for PocketLab used the acceleration and gyroscope sensors to optimize the throwing arm of a robot that went on to place in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology, a national competition encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship).  And for Roozeboom’s father? He uses it to tell when the grill is hot enough.  

Ready to grab one for yourself? The PocketLab is available for pre-order on Kickstarter on March 10, 2015. Although PocketLab will eventually retail for a little more than $100.00, the earlybird price provided through Kickstarter is $78.00.  

The team at Myriad Sensors is committed to providing worthwhile products in the EdTech space and hopes to branch into chemistry and earth science with a new product slated for release in early 2016. Among the functions to be added are new sensors and software to synchronize video and data streams.



About

Myriad Sensors, Inc., located in Mountain View, California, is an angel funded start up company that is the maker of the PocketLab educational sensor, and has won awards from Yale University, Stanford University, ProtoLabs, and the Intel Education Accelerator, and has received funding from Incubic Management, Intel Capital, and the National Science Foundation.

Media Inquiries

Clifton Roozeboom

Dave Bakker

505 Cypress Point Dr, #218

Mountain View, CA 94043

contact@thepocketlab.com

www.thepocketlab.com

Sneak Peak at The PocketLab: Photos and Story from our recent Tech In Motion DEMO Night

We recently just finished an early preview of The PocketLab for theTech In Motion Product Design Demo at the Art Institute of California in Sunnyvale. Thanks to everyone who turned out and especially to the Tech In Motion team who made the event both enjoyable and extremely successful for us.
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Almost 300 attendees crowded into the conference center in the Art Institute, and it was busy all night. Clif and Dorothy Lou held down the booth and were surrounded by interested techies from start to close.
 
Tech in Motion is a nation wide series of technology events that boasts 35,000 members who attend the weekly events across the US and internationally. We were honored to be part of this invitation-only event, and it was a great chance for us to meet with hundreds of tech enthusiasts who are part of the Tech In Motion community.
 
This was our first booth show, and helped prepare us for our first major teachers conference, the National Science Teachers Association conference which will be in Chicago on Thursday March 12-15.  (Come find us at Booth #378!)
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Instructibles: Build a PocketLab based Seismograph

Follow this link to the Instructibles website for instructions on how to build a PocketLab Seismograph. 

From the intro on Instructibles: 

Living in California, earthquakes are a part of life. Sooner or later, you'll feel one, and the first time can be pretty scary! If it's a small earthquake, which thankfully most are, it's actually hard to know for sure until you check the news later on. Sometimes a painting shakes on the wall, or a hanging lamp starts swinging, or you hear a rumbling sound - most small earthquakes are much more difficult to notice than you would expect.

In order to detect low magnitude earthquakes, we wanted to build a very sensitive Seismometer. This project was quite easy, mostly some carpentry, and the detector was a PocketLab sensor, using the magnetometer function. An iPad was used for data collection.

New Year, New Post! Happy 2015 from the PocketLab

2015 is going to be a big year for the PocketLab. Our Kickstarter campaign goes live in just a couple of weeks, we’re starting our first manufacturing run, and transitioning the whole team into sales and marketing mode. Looking back, our entire 2014 was spent preparing for the next few months.  We built the team, prototyped early versions of the product, tested more than 100 units with early users, formed a corporation, filed our patents, and even took a few fitness breaks.  We’ve recruited a cadre of smart, helpful, and involved advisors to the team and we’re (almost) ready to launch.

Our hopes and dreams for 2015 are to give our customers a unique and valuable tool for exploration of the physical properties that are everywhere around us. We designed PocketLab to be very simple to use.  Push one button, and PocketLab will reward you with sophisticated data on acceleration, pressure, temperature, and magnetic field strength.  Until now, hobbyists seeking this kind of information needed several different tools, and had to put the data together themselves.  Not anymore.

We couldn’t have reached this pivotal moment without our beta testers and their invaluable feedback.   And now, the PocketLab is able to return the favor.   Chuck Williams, one of our first testers, recently told us, “We used data we gathered with an early PocketLab prototype to optimize the inertia of the throwing arm on our robotic entry into the annual FIRST robotics competition.”  Williams is an AP Physics teacher and the faculty advisor of the Cupertino, CA High School Robotics team.  FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization founded by celebrated innovator Dean Kamen, that wishes to offer youth an appreciation for the wonders of science and technology. The Cupertino High School’s Robotics Club has been competing since 2007, and will compete again this year in the state-wide CalGames 2015 sponsored by the Western Region Robotics Forum.

Feeling inspired?  You can join the PocketLab revolution by supporting our Kickstarter, telling your friends, and giving the techies in your life a PocketLab for President’s Day.  Pocket Lab makes a great gift for anyone who loves to tinker and is curious about the world around them.  Come explore with us!

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