A small USB powered hardware extension for your Android phone or PC that lets you measure all kinds of things.

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PSLab Hardware

Hardware development and schematics repository for the Pocket Science Lab (PSlab) open-hardware platform.

The goal of Pocket Science Lab is to create an Open Source hardware device (open on all layers) and software applications that can be used for experiments by teachers, students and scientists. Our tiny pocket lab provides an array of instruments for doing science and engineering experiments. It provides functions of numerous measurement tools including an oscilloscope, a waveform generator, a frequency counter, a programmable voltage, current source and even a component to control robots with up to four servos. Our website is at https://pslab.io. The first version of the hardware (v1) was developed by Jithin B P. Later versions were developed by Padmal.

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Please find the pin-out diagram of the PSLab v5 here.

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The following software components are available:

  • /archives: Contains previous versions of PSLab schematics
  • /docs: Supplement materials, schematics as PDFs, images of PSLab
  • /schematics: PCB layout of PSLab device
  • 4-Channel up to 2MSPS Oscilloscope with software selectable amplification stages.
  • 12-bit Voltmeter with programmable gain. Input ranges from +/-10 mV to +/-16 V
  • 3x 12-bit Programmable voltage sources +/-3.3 V,+/-5V,0-3 V
  • 12-bit Programmable current source. 0-3.3 mA
  • Supports Advanced Plugins/Add-on Modules
  • 4-Channel, 4 MHz, Logic Analyzer
  • 2x Sine/Triangular wave generators. 5 Hz to 5 KHz. Manual amplitude control for SI1
  • 4x PWM generators. 15 nS resolution. Up to 8 MHz
  • Capacitance Measurement. pF to uF range
  • I2C, SPI, UART data buses for Accelorometer, Gyroscope, humidity, temperature modules etc.

One of the main features of PSLab is the 4-channel Oscilloscope which can monitor analog inputs at maximum of 2 million samples per second. It includes controls such as triggering, and gain selection. Uses Python-Scipy for curve fitting.

  • SI1: 5 Hz – 5 KHz arbitrary waveform generator. Manual amplitude control up to +/-3 Volts
  • SI2: 5 Hz – 5 KHz arbitrary waveform generator. Amplitude of +/-3 Volts. Attenuable via software
  • SQx: There are four phase correlated PWM outputs with maximum frequency 32 MHz, 15 nano second duty cycle, and phase difference control.
  • Frequency counter tested up to 16 MHz.
  • Capacitance Measurement. pF to uF range
  • PSLab has several 12-bit analog inputs (function as voltmeters) with programmable gains, and maximum ranges varying from +/-5 mV to +/-16 V.
  • 12-bit Constant Current source. Maximum current 3.3 mA (subject to load resistance).
  • PSLab has three 12-bit Programmable voltage sources +/-3.3 V,+/-5 V,0-3 V. (PV1, PV2, PV3) controls
  • 4MHz, 4-channel Logic analyzer with 15 nS resolution.Voltage and Current Sources
  • SPI, I2C, UART outputs
  • Graphical Interfaces for Oscilloscope, Logic Analyser, streaming data, wireless acquisition and several experiments developed that use a common framework which drastically reduces code required to incorporate control and plotting widgets.
  • PSLab also has space for an ESP-12 module for WiFi access with access point/ station mode.
  • Advanced Controls with Oscilloscope
  • Data Logger
  • Logic Analyzer
  • Wireless Sensors (Work in progress…)
  • PIC24EP256GP204 - Main uC
  • MCP6S21 - Programmable Gain Amplifier
  • MCP4728 - 4 channel DAC
  • TC7660 - Charge Pump voltage invertor
  • TC1240A - Charge Pump voltage doubler
  • TL082 - 2 channel Op-Amp
  • LM324 - 4 channel Op-Amp
  • LM1117 - 3.3 V regulator
  • MCP2200 - USB-UART Bridge
  • 74HC126 - 4 channel Buffer
  • 0.5 A Fuse
  • Assorted resistors, capacitors & diodes
  • Optional Parts: Extension slots to solder ESP and Bluetooth components to the device are available.
PSLab KiCAD v1Original version with SEELABLET schematics and layout files
PSLab KiCAD v2Developed version with new additions (Voltage regulator, Oscillator)
PSLab KiCAD v3Device layout changed to Arduino Uno form factor
PSLab KiCAD v4Assembly optimized version with Arduino Mega form factor having components mounted only on top side
PSLab KiCAD v5Added socket for external bluetooth module and bottom silk screen with pin description

The following block diagram shows the flow and functions of the hardware and firmware.

A lasercut casing design for the Pocket Science Lab is available at https://github.com/fossasia/pslab-case.

This project is Free and Open Source software. The project us licensed under the Apache License v2. Copyright is owned by FOSSASIA and its contributors. Please refer to the license files for more details.