Wireless Smart Gate

Description

The most advanced photogate ever! Dual photogate beams, laser switch, photogate tape slot, auxiliary photogate port, and wireless connectivity via Bluetooth.

The Wireless Smart Gate has all the features of the wired Smart Gate. It has dual photogate beams spaced at 1.5 cm to accurately measure speed. The built-in laser switch (when used with any laser) allows you to time objects too large to fit through the standard photogate. Use Photogate Tape passing through the photogate slot to measure the movement of objects. The auxiliary port is for adding an additional photogate head or Time-of-Flight Accessory.

Our Super Pulley also attaches directly to the Wireless Smart Gate, providing a simple, low-friction system to measure position, velocity, and acceleration.

Note: We do not recommend using two Wireless Smart Gates in the same experiment unless the measured times are relatively long (greater than one-half second) since synchronization is limited to 2 ms. For experiments requiring two photogates, we instead recommend connecting our Photogate Head to the auxiliary port of the Wireless Smart Gate for timing with no latency.

Typical Applications

  • Launch velocity for a projectile
  • Photogate timing for dynamics carts
  • Rotational measurements (in conjunction with a Super Pulley)
  • Pendulum timing applications
  • Acceleration of gravity with picket fence

No need for an interface.

All PASCO Wireless Sensors connect to computers, Chromebooks, and tablets, through Bluetooth 4. No other equipment required! Our software (SPARKvue or PASCO Capstone) allows students to see and analyze data in real-time.

Long-lasting battery

The Wireless Smart Gate draws as little current as possible. This provides you with a long battery life for lab activities. Our software also displays the battery level at all times. If it dips too low, you can easily replace the coin cell battery.

How it Works

Photogates are a timing device that measures times of the changes in the state of an infrared beam that is blocked by a flag of known length, as well as the times the beam is unblocked. Using the flag length, and the blocked time, students can calculate speed. The smaller the flag length, the more ‘instantaneous’ the measurement becomes. Using a “Picket Fence” (a card with multiple flags), students can calculate acceleration. Photogates can also measure the rotation of our Smart Pulley which features wide enough spokes that act as ‘flags’ to block the photogate’s infrared beam. With a pair of photogate beams, velocity can be calculated using the distance between the beams and the time between when the two beams are blocked. The Smart Gate allows you to do this with a single photogate because it includes two photogate beams spaced exactly 1.5 cm apart. And if you want to space the two photogates further away, an additional Photogate Head can be connected to the Smart Gate’s auxiliary port and placed at a known distance.

Product Specifications

Logging Yes
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer
Connectivity Direct USB or via Bluetooth 4.0

Battery and Logging

Stored Data Points Memory (Logging) 1 Not Supported
Battery – Connected (Data Collection Mode) 2 >16 hr (>8 hr with Aux Port)
Battery – Logging (Data Logging Mode) 3 Not Supported
Battery Type LiPo

1 Minimum # of data points with all measurements enabled, actual results depend on enabled measurements.

2 Continuous use in a connected state until battery failure, actual results will depend on sample rate, active measurements, and battery condition.

3 Logging until battery failure, actual results will depend on sample rate, active measurements, and battery condition.

* Normal classroom use is the sensor in active use for 20min/lab for 120 lab periods/yr.

Experiment Library

Perform the following experiments and more with the Wireless Smart Gate.
Visit PASCO’s Experiment Library to view all activities for this product.

Work And Kinetic Energy

In this lab, students use a photogate and dynamics system to investigate the relationship between the change in kinetic energy of an object experiencing a non-zero net conservative force and the work done by that net force on…

Atwood’s Machine

In this lab, students use a photogate and pulley system to determine the mathematical relationship between the acceleration of an Atwood’s machine, the difference between its two masses, and the sum of those two masses.

Conservation Of Mechanical Energy

In this lab, students use a photogate and dynamics system to explore how a cart’s kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, and total mechanical energy changes as it rolls down an inclined track.

Simple Pendulum

In this lab, students will use a photogate and pendulum to determine the physical properties of a simple pendulum that affect its period. Then, students will use their data to support a mathematical model that relates the period to…

Two Dimensional Motion: Projectiles

In this lab, students use a photogate and mini launcher to measure the variables that affect the two-dimensional motion of a projectile launched horizontally, and then use those variables to accurately predict and test the projectile…

Projectile Motion

In this lab, students will use pairs of photogates to demonstrate how independent, horizontal and vertical motions describe the motion of a projectile.