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Using Pocket Labs

Submitted by RMS Science Guy on Wed, 06/28/2017 - 23:54


I just received a small classroom set of 5 pocket labs.  I am working with Toshiba Chromebooks with my students.  I am just having difficulties getting them to connect to my chromebooks and to the students.  I guess I just have some questions.

1. Can you rename the sensors so that students can see which sensor they are tracking?

2. Can more than one chromebook at a time access one sensor or do students need to share the information after collected?

3. I have turned on the Bluetooth and it just seems difficult to get a sensor to find a chromebook.  I was just wondering if I am missing something easy.

4. Every once in awhile I get asked for a code to type in and I have no idea where to find the code or even what it is really asking for.  


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Wed, 06/28/2017 - 23:55

I'm sorry for the issues! 

If you're interested, we can schedule a time to video chat and troubleshoot the issues. Email us at [email protected] and we will setup a time that is convenient for you. 

To answer your questions.

1. Yes you can give a PocketLab sensor a "Nickname" so that when you are connecting between the PocketLab and Chromebook you will have a name like "Isaac Newton" instead of the hex string that shows on the bottom of the connection screen. To nickname a sensor you need to connect to the Chrome app and then click on the square icon with the radio waves.

2. One Chromebook can only connect to one PocketLab at a time, like a Bluetooth mouse.

3. If the Chromebook app is open and the PocketLab is near the Chromebook, do you see a change in colors on the connection screen? Does a message on the screen pop up that says "Pair with nearest sensor"?

4. There should be no code needed to connect the PocketLab with the Chromebook app. You do not need to go into the Bluetooth settings to connect the PocketLab other than making sure that Bluetooth is turned ON on your Chromebook.


Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:15

Hi - when using the weather function on the PocketLab Voyager via a Chromebook, is there a way to export all four data functions simultaneously?  When I click "save to drive" I end up with only one - humidity I believe.  


All of the Weather data is actually exported when you click "save to drive". You just have to scroll down through the rows in the CSV file. See the attached screenshot. Thanks.

CSV file export to Google Drive