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The Power of a Lab in the palm of your hands

The iOLab has reimagined the student's experience of a Physics lab. Through combining the portability of a smartphone and the capabilities of a full scale lab, the new iOLab hardware/software system introduces new possibilities for learning!

The iOLab device's built-in sensors make possible a full lab's worth of experimental capabilities. No longer confined to the physical environment of the lab or large scale equipment set up, a student can bring the iOLab to their halls, a coffee shop, anywhere they can use a laptop and iOLab!

QUICK START GUIDE - how to start up your iOLab device

Getting Started with iOLab

1. Plug in the dongle and turn on the iOLab device.
2. Start the application as described above (slightly different for Mac & PC).
3. Select the sensors you want to read out from the list on the left - the system readout will be optimized for the selected sensors and charts to display the data from the selected sensors will created.
4. Click on the Record button to start data acquisition, and click on the Stop button to stop
5. The Data Smoothing button selects how many points are included in the smoothing average.

Calibrating your sensors

Calibrating your sensors

It is important to calibrate your devices force probe and accelerometer. Click the reset button twice, then select the sensor to calibrate from the tools menu.

Restoring and Saving your Data


Each time data is acquired it is automatically saved to theDocuments/IOLab-WorkFiles/rawdata folder on your local computer. You can restore any previous acquisition by clicking on thefile icon and selecting the data you want.


You can export the data from any chart to a CSV (Excel) file by clicking on the export icon. The data is saved to theDocuments/IOLab-WorkFiles/export folder on your local computer.

Navigating Your Plots


When the 'graph' icon is selected (the default), the mouse is used to select regions for analysis. Left-click and dragging will select a region the region (shaded blue) for which averages are displayed. Left-clicking without dragging will move the FFT region (shaded gray) when FFT analysis is enabled.


When the 'magnifying glass' icon is selected, the mouse is used to select a rectangular region for zooming. Double clicking on the plot in this mode will reset the zoom to the initial default values. Zooming in on one of the plots sets the time axis for all of the plots to be set to the same region as the plot being zoomed on, keeping the time axis the same on all plots.


When the 'compass' icon is selected the mouse is used to pan left & right & up & down on a plot. Moving one plot horizontally causes all of the plots to be moved horizontally, keeping the time axis the same on all plots.

Device Firmware

The current IOLab firmware versions are V1.00 for the dongle radio micro-controller; V1.00 for the remote radio micro-controller, and V1.10 for the remote sensor micro-controller. To find out more about IOLab firmware click here.