Smart Carts

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Products

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

Smart Cart (Red)

ME-1240   - 

This is the red version.  The red and blue carts have identical functionality and performance. 

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

Smart Cart (Blue)

ME-1241   - 

This is the blue version.  The red and blue carts have identical functionality and performance.

Introduction

VIDEO

Overview

The original wireless sensor cart 

The Smart Cart (patent pending) is the ultimate tool for studying kinematics, dynamics, Newton's Laws and more. It is based on a durable ABS body with nearly frictionless wheels just like our high quality PAScars. But now we've added built-in sensors that measure force, position, velocity, and 6 degrees of freedom in acceleration. And the Smart Cart can make these measurements on or off a dynamics track and transmit the data wirelessly over Bluetooth®.  In essence it is a wireless dynamics cart that combines all the necessary sensors and doesn't require any additional hardware.

Smart Carts are ideal for studying mechanics (both kinematics and dynamics) and more. For instance, the built-in load cells make a pair of Smart Carts an easy way to visually demonstrate Newton's 3rd Law. And with measurements of both Force and Acceleration, Newton's 2nd Law can be investigated in minutes with no other equipment required. Smart Carts truly are a physics lab on wheels.

The most advanced physics cart ever created and all without the hassle and restrictions of cables.

Create your own dynamics system featuring Smart Carts by adding polycarbonate or aluminum tracks, basic components and an optional accessory pack

Typical Applications

  • Kinematics
  • Acceleration on an incline (determining g)
  • Newton's Laws
  • Impulse
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Elastic & Inelastic Collisions
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Simple Harmonic Oscillators (using the spring set)
  • Magnetic damping (using the Magnetic Damping Bumper)
  • And much more!

Special Features

  • Built-in ±100 N force sensor
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Motion encoder (for measuring position & velocity on or off a track)
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • No interface required!
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Magnetic bumper for force sensor
  • 3-position plunger
  • Mass tray
  • Velcro® tabs
  • Force sensor hook and rubber bumper

Bluetooth 4 Connectivity

Required Software:

PASCO products that use Bluetooth® 4 technology - wireless sensors, smart carts, and the AirLink Interface - 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 Android phone will support direct connection to PASCO Bluetooth 4 devices. Also, any Windows 10 device w/ 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 Chromebook users without updated sensor firmware currently require the PS-3500 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter to connect to PASCO’s Bluetooth 4 devices.

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

How It Works

Smart Carts boast an amazing array of technology under the hood.

  • Wheel encoder for measuring position, velocity & acceleration 
  • 100 N Load Cell to measure pushes, pulls or collisions
  • 3-axis Accelerometer gives acceleration in any direction and the resultant acceleration
  • 3-axis gyro for measuring rotation

Freedom and Flexibility without Compromise

The Wireless Smart Cart uses Bluetooth® Smart to wirelessly connect directly to your devices running PASCO software with nothing else required. Connect quickly and easily using in-app pairing.  With no interfaces or cables, set up time is minimal and any surface can become your laboratory.

Your choice of software:

Data collection and analysis in real time.

Smart Carts require either PASCO Capstone software on Windows® and Mac® computers, or SPARKvue software to pair directly with computers (Mac/Window), tablets (Windows, iPads & Android), phones (iPhones & Android) and even Chromebooks™

Engineered to save you money:

Not only is the Wireless Smart Cart the most advanced dynamics cart ever created, but it is the most cost effective as well since it replaces separate interfaces, motion sensors, photogates, forces sensors, accelerometers and more by integrating those functions into a single simplified system.

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

AAPT Review

The Smart Cart was taken through its paces in the April 2018 edition of The Physics Teacher

In this unsolicited review professors Shakur and Rainor examined the use of the Smart Cart in traditional mechanics experiments.

The convenience and simplicity of not getting tangled up in the cluter 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

 

Videos

Specifications

Force

Range
  • ± 100 N
Resolution
  • 0.1 N
Accuracy
  • ± 2%
Maximum sampling rate
  • 500 samples/second normally

Position

Resolution
  • ± 0.2 mm

Velocity

Max velocity
  • ± 3 m/s
Max sample rate
  • 100 samples/second

Acceleration

Range
  • ± 16g (g= 9.8 m/s2)
Max sample rate
  • 500 samples/second

Bluetooth distance

Max wireless range
  • 30 m (unobstructed)

Includes

  • Smart Cart with onboard sensors
  • Hook
  • Rubber Bumper
  • Magnetic Bumper
  • USB cable (for charging)

New Software and Accessory

MatchGraph Software

MatchGraph 2.0 adds support for Smart Carts. Download the free software or app for Mac, Windows, iOS or Android and engage students in a fun and simple graph matching challenge. MatchGraph is ideal for helping students to internalize the concept of slope/rate-of-change and the fundamentals of motion graphs, both position vs time and velocity vs time.

Smart Fan Accessory

The new 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.

Awards

The patent pending Wireless Smart Cart was declared a winner for the  prestigious 2016 GESS (Global Education Supplies and Solutions) Innovation Product award.

Buying Guide

2784419
PS-3500
USB Bluetooth Adapter
ME-1240,ME-1241,PS-3200,PS-3201,PS-3202,PS-3203,PS-3204,PS-3210,PS-3211,PS-3212,PS-3213
1
Required

Windows devices, Chromebooks and older Macs lack native Bluetooth® Smart 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 Smart devices and do not require the adapter.

Full compatibility details are available.

USB Bluetooth Adapter   PS-3500
2784578
ME-1242
Smart Fan Accessory
ME-1240,ME-1241
2784496
ME-1243
Smart Cart Charging Garage
Available February 2017.
1
Accessories

The Smart Fan Accessory offers push button control and three speeds for use with any PASCO cart.  But when connected to a Smart Cart it can be controlled using SPARKvue or Capstone software for an unprecedented level of functionality.

The Smart Carts boast remarkable battery life between charges. But when they need to be topped off, park up to 5 Smart Carts in the Smart Cart Charging Garage.

Also ideal for storage of Smart Carts and their included accessories.

Smart Fan Accessory   ME-1242
Smart Cart Charging Garage   ME-1243
56109
ME-9885A
Magnetic Bumper Set
PS-2104,CI-6746
1
Replacement Parts
Magnetic Bumper Set   ME-9885A

Software Required

This product requires or recommends PASCO software for data collection and analysis. Either SPARKvue software or PASCO Capstone software may be used.