Christmas Eve is only a few days away, and if you want a chance to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus, a PocketLab just might do the trick.
Here are three ways you can monitor Santa’s presence while pretending to sleep.
1) The Cookie Weight
It’s been rumored Santa goes Paleo in the summer to shed some pounds, but on Christmas Eve, he’s all about the chocolate chip cookie. When setting up your plate of cookies, add one small wrinkle: Place the plate on top of a small, sealed ziplock bag with a PocketLab inside. Note the barometric pressure reading inside the bag when the plate of cookies is on top of it. As soon as Santa grabs a cookie, the air pressure inside the bag should change. That’s your chance! Make a break for the tree and see if you can catch Santa snacking.
2) Pressure change in the chimney
Santa likes to make an entrance. If you have a chimney, that will be his go to method for breaking and entering. Tape your PocketLab to the inside of your chimney and monitor the air pressure. Santa will really need to squeeze into the top of your chimney from your roof, and that will create a large change in air pressure inside the chimney. If you hurry, you can catch Santa right as he lands in the fireplace.
3) Footsteps with Seismometer
Some say Santa can sneak around the tree so quietly because he was trained by Ninja’s. However, even Ninja’s are powerless before science. By creating a seismometer and placing it near your tree, you’ll be able to monitor even the smallest vibrations on your floor. Hang a heavy magnet as a pendulum over your PocketLab. The magnetic field graph will pick up the natural frequency of the pendulum. When the ground vibrates, either from an Earthquake or a footstep, you’ll be able to see a strong signal from the pendulum (for more details check out this instructibles). Once you pick up a Santa tip-toe, race to the tree to find him placing a bow on that new hoverboard you wanted.
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Dec. 8, 2015 - PRLog -- Myriad Sensors, Inc., the maker of the science educational sensor PocketLab, was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Myriad Sensors will use the grant to develop new cloud software designed to bring science learning and discovery to people all over the world. The cloud software will allow users to collect, analyze, and collaborate on real-world experimental data.
Imagine a science student in San Francisco using a sensor to measure barometric pressure, transmitting the data wirelessly to an app for visualization, uploading the data to cloud software, then comparing it to similar data sources from other students in cities like Sacramento, New York, London, Singapore, or Rio de Janeiro. The student could analyze the data for patterns using the PocketLab web-based tools or collaborate on global weather research projects with users all over the world.
With the help of the NSF, these are the types of experiments that Myriad Sensors will make possible with its cloud software tool, called the Global Scientific Sensor Network (GSSN).
Myriad Sensors has sold thousands of their first product, PocketLab, since March of last year. PocketLab is a wireless multi-sensor, the size of a matchbox, for engaging in hands-on science learning. Fully loaded with five embedded sensors, PocketLab collects and transmits experimental data in real-time to tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks and PCs. With a splash- and shock-resistant case, PocketLab is designed to collect experimental data in the most rugged conditions. Attach PocketLab to a rocket and measure launch acceleration, put it inside a football and measure the angular velocity of a spiral throw, take it on a long hike and measure changes in altitude—with PocketLab science exploration is endless.
The GSSN will take data collected by devices like PocketLab to the next level. The web-based interface will give students, educators, and hobbyists the tools to analyze experimental sensor data, publish experiments and results, and collaborate on global science projects. The GSSN will be an especially powerful tool in science classrooms. A PocketLab, paired with the GSSN significantly lowers technological barriers for students conducting complex experiments. By introducing students to innovative and interactive lab equipment and engaging them in relevant science concepts, Myriad Sensors is working to help prepare students to solve emerging challenges in aeronautics, physics, connected Internet of Things (IoT), global climate, and other significant research disciplines.
The GSSN will be able to take data from multiple sources. Users can upload collected data using PocketLab and future Myriad Sensors hardware products, or they can upload collected data using sensors made by other companies. The GSSN will also collect and analyze data from large, publically available databases—allowing that student from San Francisco to also compare his or her data with that of the National Weather Service.
The SBIR grant comes on the heels of a recent investment by Intel Capital. As part of the investment from Intel Capital, Myriad Sensors took part in the inaugural Intel Education Accelerator, which they recently completed in December.
John Galvin, VP and General Manager of Intel Education Group said, “We believe [Myriad Sensors has] a very innovative and engaging education product and we look forward to helping them grow. Companies like Myriad Sensors are exactly why we decided to have an accelerator. They are bringing innovation to the classroom and how students can learn science.”
The team at Myriad Sensors is committed to continuing to provide ground breaking products in the ed-tech and maker spaces.
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Check out how the NFL has been using RFID sensors to monitor every player’s movement in every NFL game this season. Two location beacons, made by Zebra Technologies, are placed on each shoulder pad of every NFL player. Data from those beacons is transmitted to 20 stationary receivers throughout each stadium. Using the data, the NFL can measure each player’s position, speed, acceleration, and distance covered, in real time.
The NFLplans to use the data generated to power the NFL 2015 app for Xbox One and Windows 10, allowing for things like “Next Gen Replay” that will allow fans to call up stats for each player tied into highlight clips posted on the app. But that’s just the beginning. The data will be fed to broadcasters, leveraged for in-stadium displays and provided to coaching staff and players.
“We’ve always had these traditional NFL stats,” says Matt Swensson, senior director of Emerging Products and Technology at the NFL. “The league has been very interested in trying to broaden that and bring new statistics to the fans. Along the way, there’s been more realization about how the data can be leveraged to make workflow more efficient around the game.”
You can see how the NFL has been using the data at their Next Gen Stats page. Check out this Anatomy of a Play breakdown of Buffalo Bills wide-receiver Sammy Watkins, burning Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes for a 63-yard touchdown pass. The sensors on the shoulder pads, along with the 20 stationary sensors in the stadium mean data on Watkins’ top speed and separation from Grimes during the route can be collected.
Next time you’re out playing football, bring along your PocketLab and see what data you can collect. The NFL data gathering solution is very different than PocketLab’s (and much more expensive), but similar applications can be applied. Use the accelerometer and the gyroscope to capture your movement as you run around the field. Place PocketLab inside a foam football and measure the angular velocity of your best spiral. If you’re playing the other football, put one PocketLab on your cleat and the other in a foam soccer ball to optimize the spin on your corner kicks.
The best athletes in the world are using data to improve their game. With PocketLab, you can too.
Who knew you could use a science lab like PocketLab to learn geography? Well, we have certainly been getting a major geography lesson from our customers. We have shipped PocketLab to more than 43 countries around the world, and we have to admit that we consulted a map more than once to know where some of them were. So far our list of countries shipped includes:
Republic of Korea
United Arab Emirates
We continue to be amazed and encouraged by the world wide interest in science and exploration! We are working to connect all of our world wide users into a global network of explorers – we encourage you to use tools like our Forum to connect with out PocketLab users, or if you rather post on Facebook or Twitter. We welcome your comments and interactions!!
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Mountain View, CA, September 10, 2015 -- Myriad Sensors, Inc., the maker of the PocketLab educational sensor, has been selected in the inaugural group of Intel’s Education Accelerator. PocketLab is a wireless multi-sensor for engaging in hands-on science learning. PocketLab enables intuitive exploration of science concepts in the real world and lowers technological barriers for using science equipment. The PocketLab sensor can measure parameters such as altitude and acceleration and wirelessly stream data to an Apple or Android smart phone, tablet, or Chromebook. PocketLab was introduced earlier this year on Kickstarter, and sold over 1,000 units to educators, parents, and makers worldwide. Intel’s Education Accelerator program is targeted towards funding and accelerating education-oriented technology start-ups. Eight companies have been selected from hundreds of business plans, and Myriad Sensors is proud to be among the ones selected.
PocketLab is innovative because it is the first such tool that combines five independent sensors into a small, lightweight package, with one button operation, and does this at a cost that is ten times less than competitive sensor bundles. This will give more students, makers, and explorers the ability to use state-of-the-art sensors in their day to day hobbies, projects, and fun activities.
“Learning through hands on activities dramatically enhances science understanding. We designed PocketLab for intuitive use from college level engineering engineering courses to middle school science classes”, says Clifton Roozeboom, CEO and founder of Myriad Sensors. “If students can visualize how physics concepts are at work in activities like gymnastics, they can see the relevance and meaning to STEM education.”
According to John Galvin, VP and General Manager of Intel Education Group, “We are thrilled to have Myriad Sensors as part of our first Education Accelerator. We believe they have a very innovative and engaging education product and we look forward to helping them grow. Companies like Myriad Sensors is exactly why we decided to have an accelerator. They are bringing innovation to the classroom and how students can learn science.”
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 have received funding from Incubic Management, and an investment from Intel Capital.
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