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


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.

PocketLab Improved My Life

Submitted by PocketLab on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:30

A member of the PocketLab community posted to our forum last week, describing a clever way he used PocketLab’s magnetometer to help with a medical condition. We aren’t medical doctors, and PocketLab is not a medical device. This post is not endorsing PocketLab to be used to collect medically relevant data, however, we think this post speaks to the creativity of our users. It sure put a smile on our faces.

The following was from user @ibid, posted to our forum on August 19:

PocketLab is Ready to Ship!

Submitted by PocketLab on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:28

Fulfillment update

After hours of USPS box folding, tiny-screw tightening, and quality assurance testing, we are happy to announce that our manufacturing and fulfillment is up to speed. We can’t thank our supporters enough.

If you pre-ordered a PocketLab through Kickstarter or through our own site, chances are you’ve already paired it to your device and explored with it.

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

Submitted by PocketLab on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:19

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.

A Big Thank You and What's Next

Submitted by PocketLab on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 23:22

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!