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Planning to jump out of a spacecraft 24 miles above Earth? Don’t forget your PocketLab!

Submitted by DaveBakker on Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:53

Exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in a Bell X-1 aircraft,Felix Baumgartner did too, but not in an aircraft. He did it by jumping out of one. In a state of the art pressure suit, Baumgartner jumped out of a capsule dangling from a helium balloon that had reached the stratosphere, 24 miles from the surface of the Earth. Before deploying his parachute, Baumgartner reached a top speed of 833.9 mph.

Did you ever wonder what happens to your packages during shipping?

Submitted by DaveBakker on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:25

Have you ever wondered what happens to your package after you put it in the mail? Does the package ever get hot, cold, wet, turned upside down, dropped off the back of a truck, or bitten by a dog while waiting on your doorstep? 

The PocketLab Team has been brainstorming citizen science experiments that users around the world can investigate with us. Join us in the first ever citizen science project that examines the mysteries of what happens to your package when it goes into the mail!

Reduced international shipping rates!

Submitted by PocketLab on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 23:34

Starting January 1, 2016 we have found a new international carrier, Globegistics, that is able to dramatically reduce our shipping cost by almost 70%! We are passing that savings entirely on to our customers, and now if you order internationally, we are charging a flat rate of only $8US. 

Globegistics is able to give about the same delivery times for most countries, and the same reliable US Postal Service shipping and tracking.

Ordering your PocketLab internationally has never been more affordable!

Teacher brings her PocketLab on adventure to the South Pole

Submitted by PocketLab on Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:39

If you’re on a six-week expedition to the South Pole you have to pack light. It’s a requirement. But if you’re also a high school physics teacher, you can’t resist the opportunity to do some classic experiments at the bottom of the Earth. So, Val Monticue brought a PocketLab.

Measuring magnetic field of washing machine motor using PocketLab

Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 10/29/2015 - 23:39

PocketLab user Martin Isaksson used his PocketLab to measure the magnetic field generated by the motor of a washing machine. Check out his results below. Pretty cool! 
 

Washing apparatus ready detection

Martin Isaksson

Abstract

Using a PocketLab put on the top of a washing machine, we measure the magnetic field generated by the motor. The magnitude of this vector is used to detect if the motor is on, and when the motor has been off for some time, we say that the cycle is finished.

PocketLab Geography Lesson

Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 10/29/2015 - 23:30

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:

Can PocketLab improve your athletic performance?

Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 23:32

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.