Force Motion

google-playApp-StoreThe Force Motion Sensor is packed with features! The Force Motion Sensor is prepared to assist in collecting data related to acceleration, motion and is expandable for GPS. The Mantis Cart can be combined with the Force Motion Sensor to conduct a vast array of activities associated with acceleration, motion and pressure measurement. The Force Motion Sensor can be combined with the strain gauge interface to measure scalar force and pressure measurements. Recharging the Force Motion Sensor can easily be done using the USB charger port.

Salient Features
Six Degrees of Freedom
  • (3-Axis Accelerometer, 3-Axis Gyroscope)
  • Selectable sensitivity from 2G to 16G acceleration
  • Selectable sensitivity from 250dps to 2000dps
  • 16 Bit Resolution @ 1kHz Data Rate
Strain Gauge Sensor for Force/Pressure Measurement Applications
  • 16 Bit Resolution suitable for a broad range of commercially available load cells.
GPS Expansion Module for Wayward Navigation Experiments
  • Built in Altimeter for Relative Altitude Measurements
Rechargeable Lithium Battery
Technical Specifications

MantisForceMotion

  1. USB Charger Port

    Chargeable with any cell phone rated power module.

  2. Strain Gauge Interface

    Supports two wire strain gauges and load cells for scalar force/pressure measurements.

  3. IO Expansion Ports

    Supports GPS and other digital accessories for expanded lesson plans to include tracking applications and wayward navigation.

FAQ
How do I pair my Force Motion Sensor to the Mantis app?

How do I pair my Force Motion Sensor to the Mantis app?

To use the Mantis sensors you will need to download the Mantis app!

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Once you have downloaded the Mantis app, you can follow the instructions below!

One of the most exciting aspects of the Mantis platform is the ability to grab a sensor, start the Mantis app, and begin recording data for any number of real life scenarios.

The first step in starting an ad-hoc experiment is to tap on the Browse or Start your own Experiment tile found on the Mantis app home page.

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The next step is to tap the Start my own experiment button.

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The Mantis app will present you with a list of the sensors available to use for your ad-hoc experiment. Tap the sensor you would like to use for gathering the information for your experiment.

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The Mantis app will need to be paired to your Force Motion Sensor. The Mantis app will present you with the pairing screen before you can get started collecting data.  Tap the green Pair button located on the left side of the Main Navigation bar.

 

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The Mantis app will now display the Force Motion Sensor has been paired and is ready to start displaying data as well as collect the data when you are ready to do so.  With a successful pairing, the system will now show  the ad-hoc experiment page with data streams showing on the left side sensor panel actively displaying sensor data. To un-pair the Force Motion Sensor, tap the red un-pair button.

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In the event your device does not pair successfully with the Mantis app, the No Devices Found screen will be shown.  Make sure you have the Force Motion Sensor powered on and tap the Scan Again button.  The Mantis app will again scan for your device.  If you still cannot pair to your Force Motion Sensor, you may want to power everything down and reopen the app and start again.

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How do I start using the Force Motion Sensor?

How do I perform an ad-hoc experiment with my Force Motion Sensor?

To use the Mantis sensors you will need to download the Mantis app!

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Once you have downloaded the Mantis app, you can follow the instructions below!

One of the most exciting aspects of the Mantis platform is the ability to grab a sensor, start the Mantis app, and begin recording data for any number of real life scenarios.

The first step in starting an ad-hoc experiment is to tap on the Browse or Start your own Experiment tile found on the Mantis app home page.

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The next step is to tap the Start my own experiment button.

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The Mantis app will present you with a list of the sensors available to use for your ad-hoc experiment. Tap the sensor you would like to use for gathering the information for your experiment.

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The Mantis app will need to be paired to your Force Motion Sensor. The Mantis app will present you with the pairing screen before you can get started collecting data.  Tap the green Pair button located on the left side of the Main Navigation bar.

 

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The Mantis app will now display the Force Motion Sensor has been paired and is ready to start displaying data as well as collect the data when you are ready to do so.  With a successful pairing, the system will now show  the ad-hoc experiment page with data streams showing on the left side sensor panel actively displaying sensor data. To un-pair the Force Motion Sensor, tap the red un-pair button.

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In the event your device does not pair successfully with the Mantis app, the No Devices Found screen will be shown.  Make sure you have the Force Motion Sensor powered on and tap the Scan Again button.  The Mantis app will again scan for your device.  If you still cannot pair to your Force Motion Sensor, you may want to power everything down and reopen the app and start again.

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How do I download the Mantis App for the iPad?

How to download the Mantis App for the iPad

You can download the Mantis App by clicking below –

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Or you can paste the link below into your web browser-

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mantis-platform/id1001972656?mt=8

You will be presented with the apple iTunes store, with the Mantis platform App ready to download!  Click the download button to start your download.  Follow the on screen directions in order to download the app.

Once you have downloaded the Mantis App, there are several FAQ’s on how to create an account and maximize your user experience with the Mantis Platform!  Have fun with the exciting Mantis platform!

How do I use the OTA or Over the Air feature to update my sensor’s firmware?

Updating the Sensor with the OTA (Over the Air) feature

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Occasionally an update to your sensors firmware will need to be performed to keep your sensor running the most recent version. The sensors that may require a firmware upgrade are:

  • Weather Station
  • Force Motion Sensor
  • Mantis Unit
  • Sensor Wand

Some helpful tips before you get started-

  • The update process could be as long as ten minutes, depending on the update content for your sensor
  • Make sure your sensor is either fully charged, or that you have the sensor plugged into a power source (this will prevent you from losing power to the sensor during the update)

 

You will check for sensor updates by following the steps below:

Step 1 – From the Mantis App Home Page select menu option.

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Step 2 – Select the OTA Upgrade option.

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Step 3 – Select a sensor to update.

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A note about the updates. The Mantis app will search for all devices that you have turned on and near your mobile device. When the Mantis app finds your device(s), it will display them on the OTA Device Upgrade page. Select the sensor to update, and the Mantis app will search for any updates to the firmware for the device. If you do not see a device on the OTA Device Upgrade page that you expected to see, make sure the device is turned on and near your mobile device.

Step 4 – The Mantis app will search for the new update.

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Step 5 – The Mantis app will download the new update.

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Step 6 – The Mantis app will show the progress of installing the new update.

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Step 7 – The Mantis App will show the update as complete and successful.

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How do I set up the Force Motion sensor and Strain Gauge for the Mantis Cart?

Connecting the Strain Gauge and Force Motion sensor to the Mantis Cart

 

To Connect the Strain Gauge to the Force Motion sensor, you will need the Force Motion sensor, the extended wire connectors, a 3mm flat head micro screwdriver, the strain gauge and the Mantis cart.

Step 1 – Make sure you have the Force Motion sensor oriented with the Mantis logo facing up. Locate the screw connectors on the Force Motion sensor. These screw connectors will allow you to loosen the wire connector slots on top of the Force Motion sensor.

 

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Step 2 – Using the 3mm flat head micro screwdriver, loosen the two farthest left screws.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Turning the screws counter clockwise will loosen them
  • Do not loosen the screws too much as they will fall out of the unit
  • The screws that you loosen are closest to the charging port on the Force Motion sensor
  • Have good lighting to see the screws

 

Step 3 – Locate the exposed wire end of the extended wire connector.

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Step 4 – Locate the wire connector slots on top of the Force Motion sensor.

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Step 5 – Place the red wire bare end into the first wire connector slot. Tighten the first screw connector.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Turning the screw clockwise will tighten it
  • Make sure you have the wire fully inserted into the wire connector slot
  • Do not over tighten the screw. Test the tightness by gently pulling the red wire and make sure the wire is securely connected. If the wire does not come out, it is tight enough. If the wire is able to be pulled out, loosen the connector screw and retry connecting the red wire.
  • Have good lighting to see the screws

 

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Step 6 – Place the black wire bare end into the second wire connector slot. Tighten the second screw connector.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Turning the screw clockwise will tighten it
  • Make sure you have the wire fully inserted into the wire connector slot
  • Do not over tighten the screw. Test the tightness by gently pulling the blcak wire and make sure the wire is securely connected. If the wire does not come out, it is tight enough. If the wire is able to be pulled out, loosen the connector screw and retry connecting the black wire.
  • Have good lighting to see the screws

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Step 7 – Locate the plastic connector end of the extended wire connector.

 

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Step 8 – Locate the bare wire end of the strain gauge.

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Step 9 – Firmly slide the bare wire ends of the strain gauge (lettering side up) into the plastic connector end (raised arrow up) of the extended wire connector.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Be careful not to bend or crimp the bare wire ends of the connector.
  • The lettering on the strain gauge wire connector needs to be facing up
  • The raised arrow on the extended wire connector needs to be facing up

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Step 10 – Turn the Force Motion Sensor ON.

To turn the Force Motion Sensor ON, you will need the Force Motion Sensor that has been charged and ball point pen with the cap removed.

Step 10a – Locate the power button for the Force Motion Sensor.

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Step 10b – Depress the power button for one full second using the tip end of a ball point pen.

The Force Motion Sensor will now display a red light inside the sensor, which lets you know the unit is ON and ready to be used. The red light will flash on every 5 seconds when the unit is ON. If the Force Motion Sensor does not power ON, the unit may need to be charged. If the Force Motion Sensor is charged, you may not have depressed the power button for the full one second.

 

Step 11 – Locate the strain gauge notch in the Mantis cart.

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Step 12 – Install the strain gauge in the notch of the Mantis cart.

 

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Step 13 – Install the Force Motion sensor in the Mantis cart.

 

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You are now ready to collect data on many of the exciting experiments that can be performed using the Mantis cart and the Force Motion sensor coupled with the strain gauge!

How do I connect the strain gauge to the Force Motion sensor?

Connecting the Strain Gauge to the Force Motion sensor

 

To Connect the Strain Gauge to the Force Motion sensor, you will need the Force Motion sensor, the extended wire connectors, a 3mm flat head micro screwdriver and the strain gauge.

Step 1 – Make sure you have the Force Motion sensor oriented with the Mantis logo facing up. Locate the screw connectors on the Force Motion sensor. These screw connectors will allow you to loosen the wire connector slots on top of the Force Motion sensor.

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Step 2 – Using the 3mm flat head micro screwdriver, loosen the two farthest left screws.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Turning the screws counter clockwise will loosen them
  • Do not loosen the screws too much as they will fall out of the unit
  • The screws that you loosen are closest to the charging port on the Force Motion sensor
  • Have good lighting to see the screws

 

Step 3 – Locate the exposed wire end of the extended wire connector.

 

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Step 4 – Locate the wire connector slots on top of the Force Motion sensor.

 

 

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Step 5 – Place the red wire bare end into the first wire connector slot (from the left of the unit). Tighten the first screw connector.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Turning the screw clockwise will tighten it
  • Make sure you have the wire fully inserted into the wire connector slot
  • Do not over tighten the screw. Test the tightness by gently pulling the red wire and make sure the wire is securely connected. If the wire does not come out, it is tight enough. If the wire is able to be pulled out, loosen the connector screw and retry connecting the red wire.
  • Have good lighting to see the screws

 

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Step 6 – Place the black wire bare end into the second wire connector slot. Tighten the second screw connector.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Turning the screw clockwise will tighten it
  • Make sure you have the wire fully inserted into the wire connector slot
  • Do not over tighten the screw. Test the tightness by gently pulling the blcak wire and make sure the wire is securely connected. If the wire does not come out, it is tight enough. If the wire is able to be pulled out, loosen the connector screw and retry connecting the black wire.
  • Have good lighting to see the screws

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Step 7 – Locate the plastic connector end of the extended wire connector.

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Step 8 – Locate the bare wire ends of the strain gauge.

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Step 9 – Firmly slide the bare wire ends of the strain gauge (lettering side up) into the plastic connector end (raised arrow up) of the extended wire connector.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Be careful not to bend or crimp the bare wire ends of the connector.
  • The lettering on the strain gauge wire connector needs to be facing up
  • The raised arrow on the extended wire connector needs to be facing up

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How do I clear the data for an experiment step?

How do I clear the data for an experiment step?

Not happy with the data you collected on a data run? You can simply clear the data and start all over again! Tap the Clear feature from the step data page.

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How do I email data to myself or others?

How do I email data to myself or others?

After collecting your data, tap the save feature.

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The Mantis app will give you an opportunity to name your file, and it will allow you to select how you would like to save your data. We want to name our file, and then make sure we have selected the Send to Email option.

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When we have an email address completed, tap the Save feature.

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The Mantis app will alert you with a confirmation message that your valuable data has been sent to the email account!

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How do I save data for an experiment step?

How do I save data for an experiment step?

You have run the experiment step, and now you have valuable data to save! There are a few options on where to save the data that you have just collected.

How to save data to your account-

After collecting your data, tap the save feature.

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The Mantis app will give you an opportunity to name your file, and it will allow you to select how you would like to save your data. We want to name our file, and then make sure we have selected the My account option. When we have a file name completed, tap the Save feature.

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The Mantis app will alert you with a confirmation message that your valuable data has been saved to your Mantis account! You can log in to the Mantis website and see the data you have collected for your experiment.

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How to email data to yourself or others-

After collecting your data, tap the save feature.

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The Mantis app will give you an opportunity to name your file, and it will allow you to select how you would like to save your data. We want to name our file, and then make sure we have selected the Send to Email option.

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When we have an email address completed, tap the Save feature.

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The Mantis app will alert you with a confirmation message that your valuable data has been sent to the email account!

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How do I mark an experiment step as complete?

How do I mark an experiment step as complete?

You might not be able to complete an entire experiment during a session. If you do not complete the entire experiment, one useful tool for reminding you where you left off, is to mark the steps that you have already finished as complete. The visual clue will allow you to start right where you left off. By marking the step complete, you are still able to view and collect data for the step, so do not worry that you will not be able to review what you were able to finish, or refresh your memory on what the experiment was all about!

To mark an experiment step as complete, from the experiment main page, tap the status box in the upper right hand of the step you want to mark complete! You will see a green check mark that lets you know right where you left off in the experiment process. Tap the status box again and the check box will be removed.

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How do I perform an ad-hoc experiment?

How do I perform an ad-hoc experiment?

One of the most exciting aspects of the Mantis platform is the ability to grab a sensor, start the Mantis app, and begin recording data for any number of real life scenarios.

The first step in starting an ad-hoc experiment is to tap on the Browse or Start your own Experiment tile found on the Mantis app home page.

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The next step is to tap the Start my own experiment button.

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The Mantis app will present you with a list of the sensors available to use for your ad-hoc experiment. Tap the sensor you would like to use for gathering the information for your experiment.

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The Mantis app will connect to the selected sensor you have designated (if you have not turned the sensor on, the Mantis app will search for the unit, and present you with a sensor not found message. Turn your sensor on, and tap the Scan Again button on the not found message, the Mantis app will now attempt to synch with your selected sensor).

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The ad-hoc experiment page will be presented with the data streams showing on the left side sensor panel actively displaying sensor data.

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How do I find experiments to run?

How do I find experiments to run?

 

The Mantis app has many exciting and fun experiments to explore! You can find experiments specific to your needs by Browsing for an experiment.

Finding an Experiment by Browsing-

The first step in finding an experiment is to tap on the Browse or Start your own Experiment tile found on the Mantis app home page.

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The next step is to select a Subject by tapping the desired subject.

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Mantis will now display the Sub-Subjects and you can select one by tapping on the desired tile.

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The final selection to find your experiment is the Grade Level. Tap on a Grade Level and the Mantis app will present you with exciting experiments ready for you to enjoy!

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Tap on the experiment that interests you and the Mantis app will present you with the experiment ready to be experienced.

How do I view information about the Mantis platform?

How do I view information about the Mantis platform?

The Mantis app offers information about the Mantis platform which will be helpful in demonstrating the attributes and features of the Mantis unit and the Mantis app. To start the about Mantis video, from the Mantis app home page, select the About Mantis tile. The Mantis app will present the demonstration app ready to play! Select the play icon, and learn about all of the powerful and easy to use functions the Mantis unit and app provide!

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How do I create a Mantis account?

How do I create a Mantis account?

Creating a Mantis account takes only a few minutes to create, and will give you access to the exciting Mantis app, and also the very powerful Mantis website.

You can create a Mantis account from the Mantis app, or you can create your Mantis account using the Mantis website. Once you have created your Mantis account, you can use the same account information to login to both exciting Mantis tools!

How to create a Mantis account from the Mantis app:

From the Mantis app home page, select the Create an account option located on the bottom left.

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Tap inside of the First Name text box, and enter a First Name. Tap inside of the Last Name text box, and enter a Last Name. Tap inside the User Name text box, and enter your email address that you would like to associate with your Mantis account. Tap inside the Password text box, and enter a password that you can easily remember, but is hard to guess. Tap inside the Confirm Password text box, and enter the same password which you entered in your Password text box. Tap the Finished, create account button.

 

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Congratulations! You have created a Mantis account, and you will be able to access both the Mantis app and the Mantis website.

 

How to create a Mantis account from the Mantis website:

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How do I login to my Mantis account?

How do I login to my Mantis account?

You will want to make sure that you have created a Mantis account first. If you have not created a Mantis account yet, please see the help topic for creating your very own Mantis account.

From the Mantis app home page, select the Login option located on the bottom right.



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Tap inside the User Name text box, and enter your User Name (email address that you used to create your Mantis account with). Next, tap inside the Password text box, and enter your password. Tap the Login button, and you will now be able to experience all of the fun and exciting features the Mantis app has to offer.

If you have received an error message while attempting to login, see the “I forgot my password” help topic to assist you in recovering your password.

 

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How do I turn the Force Motion sensor OFF?

Powering Down the Force Motion Sensor

 

To turn the Force Motion Sensor OFF, you will need the Force Motion Sensor to be ON and a ball point pen with the cap removed.

Step 1 – Locate the power button for the Force Motion Sensor.  The power button will be on the bottom of the sensor (side opposite of the MANTIS logo).

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Step 2 – Depress the power button and hold for 5 full seconds using the tip end of a ball point pen.

 

The Force Motion Sensor will now turn the red status light OFF. The Force Motion Sensor will now be powered down. If the Force Motion Sensor status light continues to be illuminated, repeat Step 2 above. You may not have depressed the power button for the full 5 seconds.

How do I turn ON the Force Motion Sensor?

Powering ON the Force Motion Sensor

To turn the Force Motion Sensor ON, you will need the Force Motion Sensor that has been charged and ball point pen with the cap removed.

Step 1 – Locate the power button for the Force Motion Sensor.  The power button will be on the bottom of the sensor (side opposite of the MANTIS logo).

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Step 2 – Depress the power button for one full second using the tip end of a ball point pen.

 

The Force Motion Sensor will now display a red light inside the sensor, which lets you know the unit is ON and ready to be used. The red light will flash on every 5 seconds when the unit is ON. If the Force Motion Sensor does not power ON, the unit may need to be charged. If the Force Motion Sensor is charged, you may not have depressed the power button for the full one second.

How do I charge the Force Motion Sensor?

Charging the Force Motion Sensor

To Charge the Force Motion Sensor, you will need the Force Motion Sensor, the power cord and a power source. The power source can be an outlet or a USB connection.

Step 1 – Locate the charging port for the Force Motion Sensor.

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Step 2 – Identify the charging end of the power cord.

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Step 3 – Plug the charging end of the power cord into the charging port of the Force Motion Sensor.

 

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Step 4 – Decide if you will recharge using an outlet or by a USB connection.

For the wall outlet method:

Step 4.1 – Plug the USB end of the power cord into the outlet adapter.

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For the USB method:

Step 4.2 – You will use the charging cord without any adapters for the USB configuration.

 

Step 5 – Plug the charging cord into the appropriate charging method.

            For the wall outlet method:

            Step 5.1 – You will plug the outlet adapter into a wall outlet

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             For the USB method:

            Step 5.2 – You will plug the USB end of the charging cord into a USB slot

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You will see an illuminated green light inside of the Force Motion Sensor if you have plugged the charging cord into your power source correctly. The green light lets you know that the Force Motion Sensor is charging successfully. If you do not see an illuminated green light, you may need to check to see if your power source to charge from is providing power. You can charge the Force Motion Sensor even if it is currently in the ON status.

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