Wireless Smart Cart

Smart Dynamics Cart from PASCO

The patent-pending Smart Cart is the next generation in dynamics carts for the science classroom. Developed by PASCO, the Smart Cart begins with PASCO’s low-friction dynamics cart and adds wireless sensors that measure position, velocity, acceleration, force, and rotation. The Smart Cart connects to your devices using Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless technology.

Introduction

With everything the Smart Cart can do, it will quickly become one of the most useful instruments in your physics lab.





Products

2784408
ME-1240
Smart Cart (Red)
PS-3500

Smart Cart (Red)

ME-1240   - 

The red Smart Cart is a low-friction dynamics cart with onboard wireless sensors that measure position, velocity, acceleration, force, and rotation. It connects to your devices using Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless technology. It includes a magnetic bumper, force hook, rubber bumper, and USB charging cable.

2784409
ME-1241
Smart Cart (Blue)
PS-3500

Smart Cart (Blue)

ME-1241   - 

The blue Smart Cart is a low-friction dynamics cart with onboard wireless sensors that measure position, velocity, acceleration, force, and rotation. It connects to your devices using Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless technology. It includes a magnetic bumper, force hook, rubber bumper, and USB charging cable.

Overview

The original wireless sensor cart

Onboard Sensors

  • Encoder Wheel
  • Load Cell
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope

Includes

  • Magnetic Bumper
  • Hook
  • Rubber Bumper
  • USB Charging Cable
Included with the Smart Cart

Wireless freedom and simple setup saves lab time!

Connect the Smart Cart to PASCO software using in-app pairing to run classic experiments in kinematics and dynamics … without any wires. No other interface is required to start collecting data.

No track required!

Make measurements on or off the track! The Smart Cart does not require a track, additional interfaces, or encoder tape to make measurements. Anywhere you have a Bluetooth device and a smooth surface, the Smart Cart will measure its own motion.

Student using Smart Cart

Out-of-the-Box Physics with the Smart Cart

The Smart Cart is a physics lab on wheels and it is capable of performing many demonstrations and experiments right out of the box! Check out these simple but powerful activities you can use in your class today:

The Physics Teacher Review, April 2018

The Physics Teacher Review of Smart Cart

The Smart Cart, a PASCO innovation, is causing a revolution in the physics lab.

The Smart Cart was taken through its paces in the April 2018 edition of The Physics Teacher. In this unsolicited review, professors Asif Shakur and Rainor Connor from Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, examined the use of the Smart Cart in traditional mechanics experiments.

“The convenience and simplicity of not getting tangled up in the clutter of all those wires cannot be overstated. We expect the Smart Cart to usher in a paradigm shift in undergraduate physics laboratory instruction.”

Asif Shakur and Rainor Connor, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
Read the full article.

Features

  • Encoder wheel measures linear position, velocity, and acceleration.
  • ±100 N force sensor measures forces along the rolling direction.
  • 3-axis accelerometer measures x, y, z components of acceleration and the magnitude of the resultant.
  • 3-axis gyroscope measures angular velocity around the x, y, and z axes.
  • Magnetic bumper for elastic collisions
  • 3-position plunger launches the Smart Cart using three repeatable forces.
  • Velcro® tabs for inelastic collisions
  • Force sensor hook attaches string, springs, or a rubber band to the force sensor.
  • Rubber bumper measures harder impacts on the Smart Cart.
  • Mass tray increases the system mass of the Smart Cart.
  • Rechargeable battery for all-day use
  • Accessory port for the Smart Fan … and other future accessories to come!
  • USB charging cable
  • Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless connectivity
  • Free MatchGraph! software for Mac®/Windows®/iOS/Android™
  • Free SPARKvue software for iOS/Android™/Chrome™

Your Choice of Software

The Smart Cart requires either PASCO Capstone, SPARKvue, or MatchGraph software. Compare software.

  Compare PASCO Capstone software
PASCO Capstone
Compare SPARKvue software
SPARKvue
Compare MatchGraph software
MatchGraph 2.0
Windows®
Mac®
iOS
(iPad®, iPhone®)
 
Chrome™
(Chromebook™)
   
Android™  
Graph of impulse and change in velocity

The graphs show the impulse experienced and the change in velocity created by a collision between two Wireless Smart Carts.

Download FREE MatchGraph! Software

MatchGraph 2.0 adds support for Smart Carts. Download the free software for Mac®, Windows®, iOS® or Android™ and engage students in a fun and simple graph-matching challenge. Graph-matching exercises are an ideal way to help students understand time-based graphs of position and velocity. This engaging kinesthetic activity helps students understand slope and rates of change by moving the Smart Cart to match motion graphs. Learn more.

Download MatchGraph software

Accessories

NEW! Smart Ballistic Accessory!

The Smart Ballistic Accessory mounts to the Smart Cart for a classic demonstration on the independence of X and Y motion. Connects to the Smart Cart accessory port. Control the launching conditions based on measurements made by the Smart Cart in either Sparkvue or PASCO Capstone software. Learn more.

The Smart Ballistic Accessory mounts to the Smart Cart

NEW! Smart Cart Vector Display!

The Smart Cart Vector Display adds visual vectors to your Smart Cart for Force, Acceleration, or Velocity. Connect to the Smart Cart’s accessory port to Visualize vectors in real time! Arrows light up proportional to the sensor reading showing either positive or negative direction and magnitude.

Smart Fan Accessory

The Smart Fan Accessory works with all PASCO Dynamic Carts but adds new features and functionality when connected to a Smart Cart. Use PASCO Capstone software to wirelessly adjust the level of thrust, set start/stop conditions, or use calculations for precise control of the fan. Learn more.

Smart Fan adds functionality to the Smart Cart

Smart Cart Rod Clamp

Mount on your Smart Cart and use as a mounted force sensor. Learn more.

Mount your Smart Cart

Smart Cart Charging Garage Accessory

Keep your Smart Carts charged in the lab. Holds up to five Smart Carts and accessories. Learn more.

Keep your Smart Carts charged in the lab

Videos

Specifications

Force

Range
  • ±100 N
Resolution
  • 0.1 N
Accuracy
  • ±1%
Maximum sampling rate
  • 2 kHz

Position

Resolution
  • ±0.2 mm

Velocity

Max velocity
  • ±3 m/s
Max sample rate
  • 500 Hz

Acceleration

Range
  • ±16 g
Max sample rate
  • 500 samples/second

Bluetooth® distance

Max wireless range
  • 30 m (unobstructed)

Awards

Winner of prestigious GESS award

The patent-pending Wireless Smart Cart won the prestigious 2016 GESS (Global Education Supplies and Solutions) Innovation Product award.

Buying Guide

2784578
ME-1242
Smart Fan Accessory
1
2785002
ME-1244
Smart Cart Rod Stand Adapter
1
2784496
ME-1243
Smart Cart Charging Garage
1
56108
ME-9884
Bumper Accessory Set
1
Dynamics Track Systems

Shop Dynamics Track Systems

Smart Fan Accessory   ME-1242
Smart Cart Rod Stand Adapter   ME-1244
Smart Cart Charging Garage   ME-1243
Bumper Accessory Set   ME-9884
56109
ME-9885A
Magnetic Bumper Set
1
Replacements Parts

Magnetic Bumper Set   ME-9885A

2784419
PS-3500
USB Bluetooth Adapter
1
Bluetooth® Low Energy Wireless Connectivity

Windows® devices, Chromebooks™ and older Macs® lack native Bluetooth® support and require an adapter to use PASCO wireless products.

All current model Macs, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets or phones support direct connection to PASCO Bluetooth Low Energy wireless devices and do not require the adapter.

Full compatibility details are available.

USB Bluetooth Adapter   PS-3500

Bluetooth Low Energy Wireless Connectivity

Required Software:

PASCO products that use Bluetooth® Low Energy connectivity (wireless sensors, Smart Carts, and the AirLink) require the latest versions of our software.

PASCO Capstone is available for Mac and Windows. SPARKvue is available for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chromebooks.

Additionally, the Wireless Motion Sensor and Wireless Smart Carts can be connected via Bluetooth and used with our MatchGraph app.

Compatibility/System Requirements

Any current model Chromebook, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or phone will support direct connection to PASCO Bluetooth Low Energy devices. Also, any Windows 10 device with Creators Edition 1703 or later will support direct connection.

Chromebook users MUST have the latest firmware updates for ALL wireless sensors in order to use them without the USB Bluetooth Adapter. Full information.

All other Windows computers/tablets, older Macs, and Chromebooks without updated sensor firmware currently require the PS‑3500 USB Bluetooth Adapter to connect to PASCO’s Bluetooth Low Energy devices.

Full compatibility details are available, including compatibility information for older computing devices.