Sensor Wand

google-playApp-StoreThe Mantis Sensor Wand is a feature rich sensor measurement device designed with flexibility in mind and an efficient form factor. The Mantis product line provides a versatile and extensive collection of open-source probes and accessories to collect, store, and display experiment data, whether as part of a curriculum or DIY project. The Mantis Sensor Wand is also compatible with a variety of other manufacturer’s sensors. You will find that the Sensor Wand is one of the most versatile tools you can use to collect data!  The Sensor Wand is Bluetooth compatible, and can be charged using the USB charger.

Salient Features
  • Analog Frontend includes support for pH and the Mantis ACU Temp Probe in addition to generic off the shelf sensors with a dedicated breakout cable (i.e. Pasco Temperature Probe).
  • Digital IO Port for seamless interface to our other accessory probes like Conductivity, Soil Moisture and the Mantis DMM.
  • Dedicated Standalone Vernier Analog Sensor Port with Auto Identification for several Vernier Probes. Display Sensor Data using our free MANTIS Sensor App.
  • BIO-Finger Scan Sensor (some models) for use as a Pulse Oximeter and Non-Contact Temperature Sensor
  • USB Charge mini USB port used for charging
  • Bluetooth Low Energy Connectivity for seamless data collection via a connection to Smart Phones, Tablets, and Google Chrome Book.
Technical Specifications
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DIGITAL IO PORT

Need to connect to a Raspberry PI or Arduino? We got you covered with the digital expansion port! Capable of commanding all sensor ports.

BIOFINGER SENSOR

Thermopile (16-Bit Resolution) along with IR/VS light transceivers combine for a sensor capable of Pulse Oximetry and Surface temperature measurements.

VERNIER BTA

Vernier Analog Sensors Input. Use any Vernier Sensor that conforms to the BTA connector. Display and record sensor data using our free and Open Source MANTIS Sensor App.

ANALOG/pH PORT

Interface to any analog sensor like RTDs/NTCs while accommodating a pH probe and high accuracy temperature sensor.

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

How do I pair my Sensor Wand 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.  For this experiment we have decided to use the Sensor Wand.

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You can now select the sensor that you would like to use with the Sensor Wand.

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Ensure that you have the Sensor Wand on.  If you need help with how to turn the Sensor Wand on, please visit the FAQ for how to turn on my Sensor Wand.

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 main navigation bar.

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The Mantis app is now ready to be paired with the Sensor Wand.  Press the power button on the under side of the Sensor Wand for less than one second (Remember to make sure the Sensor Wand has been turned on).

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The Mantis app will now display that the Sensor Wand has been paired and is ready to start displaying data as well as collect the data when you are ready to do so.

 

The ad-hoc experiment page will be presented with the data streams showing on the left side sensor panel actively displaying sensor data.  You are now ready to use your Sensor Wand!  If you would like to un-pair the device you can simply tap the un-pair button located on the left side of the main navigation bar.

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

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How do I start using my Sensor Wand?

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

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.  For this experiment we have decided to use the Sensor Wand.

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You can now select the sensor that you would like to use with the Sensor Wand.

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Ensure that you have the Sensor Wand on.  If you need help with how to turn the Sensor Wand on, please visit the FAQ for how to turn on my Sensor Wand.

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 main navigation bar.

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The Mantis app is now ready to be paired with the Sensor Wand.  Press the power button on the under side of the Sensor Wand for less than one second (Remember to make sure the Sensor Wand has been turned on).

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The Mantis app will now display that the Sensor Wand has been paired and is ready to start displaying data as well as collect the data when you are ready to do so.

 

The ad-hoc experiment page will be presented with the data streams showing on the left side sensor panel actively displaying sensor data.  You are now ready to use your Sensor Wand!  If you would like to un-pair the device you can simply tap the un-pair button located on the left side of the main navigation bar.

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In the event your device does not pair successfully with the Mantis app, the No Device Found screen will be shown.  Make sure you have the Sensor Wand powered on and tap the Scan Again button.  The Mantis app will again scan for your device.  If you still cannot pair to your Sensor Wand, 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 connect the Temperature Probe to the Sensor Wand?

Connecting the Temperature probe

To connect the Temperature probe to the Sensor Wand, you will need the Sensor Wand powered ON and the Temperature probe.

Step 1 – Locate the red colored port for the Sensor Wand.

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Step 2 – Locate the alignment arrow on the Temperature probe connection end.

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Step 3 – Gently connect the Temperature sensor to the red colored port on the Sensor Wand with the alignment arrow aligned correctly with the sensor port. Make sure the pins and index arrow are correctly aligned, as damage may occur if the connectors are not aligned properly.

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Step 4 – Firmly connect the Temperature sensor to the red colored port on the Sensor Wand when the alignment has been achieved. The Temperature sensor is now ready to be used to collect your data!

How do I turn the Sensor Wand OFF?

Powering Down the Sensor Wand

 

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

Step 1 – Locate the power button for the Sensor Wand.

 

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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 Sensor Wand will now turn the green status light OFF. The Sensor Wand will now be powered down. If the Sensor Wand 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 Sensor Wand?

Powering On the Sensor Wand

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

Step 1 – Locate the power button for the Sensor Wand.

 

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

 

The Sensor Wand will now display a flashing green light inside the sensor (best viewed through the RG46 plug in area), which lets you know the unit is ON and ready to be used. If the Sensor Wand does not power ON, the unit may need to be charged. If the Sensor Wand is charged, you may not have depressed the power button for the full one second.

How do I charge the Sensor Wand?

Charging the Sensor Wand

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

Step 1 – Locate the charging slot for the Sensor Wand.

 

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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 slot of the Sensor Wand.

 

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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 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 can charge the Sensor Wand even if it is currently in the ON status.

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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