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Talking LabQuest®

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The Talking LabQuest is a sensor interface for blind or low vision students for use in science education.

Blind and Low Vision (BLV) students can participate independently alongside their peers in hands-on science laboratory experiments with a LabQuest interface and Sci-Voice Access software. This is a result of the work being done through a partnership with Vernier Software & Technology and Independence Science to bring speech to the original LabQuest.

Features

  • Handheld device for field activities or classroom experiments
  • Talking, real-time data readings for experiment participation
  • Audible and viewable interactive periodic table with multiple descriptors for each element
  • Navigate the device with spoken menus
  • Your choice of language, including English and several others. Please check for availability
A student measures temperature in a stream while listening to the values from his LabQuest

Hands-on Science for Blind or Low Vision Students

Developed to encourage a greater interest in STEM fields of study, the purpose of the Talking LabQuest is to help break down the barriers of the typical science classroom for students who are Blind or Low Vision.

The Department of Education’s Office of Human Rights along with Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) require that, whenever available, individuals with disabilities are provided the same educational benefits and technology as those provided to individuals without disabilities.

The Talking LabQuest provides students with BLV the same science laboratory learning opportunity, with the same substantially equivalent ease of use, as sighted students.

Talking LabQuest Overview

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Compatible Sensors and Lab Equipment

Talking LabQuest is compatible with over 60 Vernier sensors to support multi-variable experiments and data-logging activities.

Original LabQuestOriginal LabQuest and LabQuest App for Original LabQuest92 sensors

Supported Sensors

Compatibility Notes

  1. Requires a Motion Detector Cable to connect to a DIG port on the interface
  2. Requires a Motion Detector USB Cable or an Easy to Go! Adapter to connect to a standard USB port
  3. Requires a BNC electrode
  4. Requires an Easy to Go! adapter
  5. Requires a Heart Rate Receiver to connect to an interface
  6. Requires a Scout Pro USB Connection Kit
  7. Requires a Gas Pressure Sensor
  8. New Thermocouples (Model: TCA1816R3) are not supported with this software. A software update is required but not currently available.
  9. Use with an electrode such as a pH Sensor, Conductivity Probe, or ORP Sensor.
  10. Requires a Bluetooth USB Adapter

ComputersComputers and Logger Pro84 sensors

Supported Sensors

Compatibility Notes

  1. Requires a Motion Detector Cable to connect to a DIG port on the interface
  2. Requires a BNC electrode
  3. Requires a Heart Rate Receiver to connect to an interface
  4. Requires an additional signal source, such as LabQuest 2 running the Power Amplifier app or a computer running the Power Amplifier Function Generator Software, to control the Power Amplifier output
  5. Sensor does not auto-ID; manual setup is required.
  6. Requires a Gas Pressure Sensor
  7. Use with an electrode such as a pH Sensor, Conductivity Probe, or ORP Sensor.

ComputersComputers and Logger Lite72 sensors

Supported Sensors

Compatibility Notes

  1. Requires a Motion Detector Cable to connect to a DIG port on the interface
  2. Requires a BNC electrode
  3. Requires a Heart Rate Receiver to connect to an interface
  4. Requires an additional signal source, such as LabQuest 2 running the Power Amplifier app or a computer running the Power Amplifier Function Generator Software, to control the Power Amplifier output
  5. Requires a Gas Pressure Sensor
  6. Software does not support baseline adjustment, which is necessary for lung capacity measurements.
  7. This interface/software combination auto IDs the VSMT Force sensor; displacement measurements require a Logger Lite file found at www.vernier.com/til/3621/

ChromebookChromebook and Graphical Analysis for Chrome64 sensors

Supported Sensors

Compatibility Notes

  1. Requires a Motion Detector Cable to connect to a DIG port on the interface
  2. Requires a BNC electrode
  3. Data can be collected using the sensor’s default calibration. Future software updates will support calibration modifications.
  4. This software cannot apply digital filters to EKG data.
  5. Software does not support the Data Tagging feature that is typically used with this sensor.
  6. Requires an additional signal source, such as LabQuest 2 running the Power Amplifier app or a computer running the Power Amplifier Function Generator Software, to control the Power Amplifier output
  7. Software cannot calculate resistance or power data.
  8. This interface/software combination can only collect force data; displacement measurements are not supported.

Sensors Supported in the Future

LabVIEWLabVIEW and NI LabVIEW for Education79 sensors

Supported Sensors

Compatibility Notes

  1. Requires a Motion Detector Cable to connect to a DIG port on the interface
  2. Requires advanced programming for data collection
  3. Requires a Heart Rate Receiver to connect to an interface

Ordering Information

Sci-Voice Software

The Talking LabQuest can be ordered as a complete unit, or you may order the Sci-Voice Software separately to add speech to any Original LabQuest units you currently own.

Contact Independence Science directly to purchase or for more information on the Talking LabQuest for your Science Classroom or Laboratory.

Educational use only: Vernier products are designed for educational use. They are not appropriate for industrial, medical, or commercial applications. Product usage disclaimer »

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