About this project
What is PocketLab?
PocketLab is a wireless sensor for exploring the world and building science experiments. We built PocketLab for the curious explorers, educators, students, and makers to bring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to life like never before. PocketLab connects with a single button to a smart phone, tablet, or Chromebook and instantly streams measurement data that you can see and record. PocketLab measures acceleration, force, angular velocity, magnetic field, pressure, altitude, and temperature. Using our cloud software, you can easily analyze your data, create graphs, and integrate your data with other software. PocketLab has the same features as lab equipment that costs thousands of dollars but is low cost and intuitive to use.
What can you do with PocketLab? Well, we put it inside a soccer ball, sent it up in a bottle rocket, and attached it to our new puppy dog. And that was just Friday. No other product is as easy to use, durable, or inexpensive as PocketLab and we are so excited to release it on Kickstarter!
What can I do with it?
PocketLab enables anyone to gather data about the world around them, anytime they choose. Use PocketLab as your sixth sense for physics concepts. Want to know how fast you can kick a soccer ball? Or how high your rocket is flying? PocketLab not only tells you, it shows you. Want to build a more in-depth science experiment? PocketLab will have an ever expanding library of videos, lessons, and curriculum to guide you. You will be able to share your experiments with other users, and even collaborate on projects across the globe (Climate change study, anyone?). Our team of explorers and beta testers include experts like NASA engineers, science professors, athletes and my mom.
The PocketLab app can now record camera video from your iPad or iPhone and synchronize it with the streaming sensor data from the PocketLab sensor. We have set a new stretch goal of $125,000 to enable the development and completion of the video syncing. If we achieve the stretch goal, we will offer the video syncing free to all Kickstarter Backers.
We have tested PocketLab with over 100 middle school science teachers, high school physics classes, hobbyists, makers, homeschoolers, and universities including Stanford and Purdue. We are collecting and organizing all of the educational material and will make it freely available to PocketLab users. You can share your discoveries and questions with other explorers and experts around the world.
Our favorite experiments so far:
Analyzing the projectile motion of a ball thrown through the air
Measuring the launch force on a model rocket with different size engines
Comparing the potential and kinetic energy of a system
Launching PocketLab from a catapult
Monitoring the activity of our cat, Garfield
Calibrating the force and acceleration of a robotic arm
Testing the magnetic field strength through an electromagnet
Verifying Boyle’s Law for the relationship between pressure and volume
Visualizing the rotation speed as an ice skater spins and brings her arms closer to her body
Let's explore together!
We have already put together dozens of experiments to build at home or in the classroom. PocketLab includes an Exploration Guide to get started with 25 experiments right away. We are working with experienced professors and teachers in science and engineering to combine the capabilities of PocketLab with educational curriculum. Soon, we will have hundreds of lessons and demonstrations to help you get started. And we are most excited about creative new ways that you will imagine for using PocketLab!
Who is it for?
Educators- Easier and more intuitive to use than existing lab equipment and probeware. Online lesson plans to save time and share new ideas for teaching. Get to the science learning right away and use technology that students are comfortable with.
Homeschoolers- Access to advanced lab equipment and lessons never before possible. Online videos and tutorials to guide learning and experiments.
Students- Build out of the box experiments like you never could before. How do different tire treads change the lateral grip of my remote control car? Nobody knows, but now we can find out!
Explorers- Investigate questions you’ve always wondered about. What is the altitude during my favorite hike?
Science Fair Participants- Gather data that you can easily analyze on your own. Use the same quality tools that professional scientists use.
Makers- Augment your existing gadgets and hobbies. Attach to your quadcopter to visualize the flight dynamics.
PocketLab connects with a single button to an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet or Google Chromebook using Bluetooth 4.0. Data displays and records in real time on your device. You can analyze your data online through the PocketLab cloud and export your data in CSV format to integrate into programs like Excel or Google Docs.
- Bluetooth Smart wireless connection
- Approximately 100 ft wireless range
- Approximately 80 hours of operation on one coin cell battery (CR2032)
- Can withstand 6 ft drop with protective case
- Dimensions: L 2.65 x W 0.65 x H 1.15 inches
- Accelerometer: ± 8g range, 0.001 g resolution
- Gyroscope: ±2000 deg/sec range, 0.1 deg/sec resolution
- Magnetometer: ± 1000 uT range, 0.1 uT resolution
- Pressure: 300 to 110 kPa range, 3 Pa (0.3 meters) resolution
- Temperature: -30 to 85 C range, 1 C resolution
- Data rate: up to 50 samples/sec
- Records multiple sensor measurements simultaneously
- Store real-time data collected from PocketLab
- View results in a timeline
- Organize your results online and add analysis, notes, pictures and videos
- Share experiment data publicly or with a trusted group
- Integrates with your Google Docs and Drive account
- Runs on any PC, Mac, Chromebook, iOS or Android browser
After the Kickstarter campaign, you will be able to select your PocketLab sensor color. We are working with our manufacturing partner to offer several choices.
School sets of PocketLab sensors will be available in a variety of colors.
- Clifton Roozeboom, CEO
- David Bakker, Operations
- Dorothy Lou Bailey, Marketing
- Adrian Albert, Analytics
- Nettie Roozeboom, Curriculum
- Everardo Filho, Graphics
- Lenny Greenberg, Cloud Software
- Andrew Bellay, App Development
First, we want to thank you for supporting our campaign and partnering with us! We want to build PocketLab for all the curious students, educators, hobbyists, techies, and explorers out there.
We want to send a special thank you to all of our beta testers, customers, advisers, mentors, friends, and family. And we want to give personalized shout outs to: Marita Beard, Leigh High School AP Physics Classes, MS&E 273 Team, Paul Mitiguy, Steve Eglash, Kathryn Moler, PHYS 62 Students, Andrew Hirsch, Natalie Pickett, Blas Cabrera, Ragland Williamson, Jeff Arrigotti, John Litzenberger, John Bower, Richard Danielson, Shay Ahmed, Sarah Watanabe, Heather Johnson, Rebecca Witmer, Charley Locke, Robbie Earle, Nan Doud, Elisha Tam, Andrew Molina, Sydney Payne, Shelby Payne, Cindy Chung, Kat McClean, Rebecca Witmer, Fictiv, ProtoLabs, Hilltron, and Sir Isaac Newton.
Risks and challenges
No one wants to see a good idea executed poorly, especially us. We have worked extremely hard to ready this product for Kickstarter. We have lined up full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but here are what we see as the risks:
MANUFACTURING: Creating the tooling to manufacture a small electronics product and ensure durability is expensive and requires expert knowledge to get it right. To minimize risk we're working with manufacturing partners in the U.S. with a track record for quality.
PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As PocketLab gets geared up for production, there will likely be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product and allow us to incorporate our adjustments and those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners. These will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any changes are made.
FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things go awry that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause delays. To minimize the possibility of manufacturing setbacks we will enter the manufacturing stage with at least one back-up supplier for each component pre-located and our product commercialization experts will help ensure smooth sailing from our suppliers and factories.
We will be working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering excellent products in tremendous quantities. There will no doubt be some surprises along the road, but any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with external expertise, and an overall goal of making the best possible product for you, our fellow explorer.
Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Start exploring with us by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.
We can't wait to start changing the world. We will build each PocketLab in your honor, and say THANK YOU for your help!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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