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The Voltset Smart Multimeter Begins Its Kickstarter Campaign
by Kyle Patrick Cayabyab ▪ 5.27.2014 News

 

Last September, we wrote about an interesting product we saw at the World Maker Faire NYC. It was a conveniently sized multimeter that connects to your smartphone and uses custom software to give you mobility and ease with your electronics measurements. This multimeter is known as the Voltset and the team behind it have begun a Kickstarter campaign to promote and raise money for the device.

From the article we wrote previously, the Voltset has evolved from the Mini-Voltset and the Mega-Voltset into the Voltset and the Voltset PRO. These multimeters are in the CAT II measurement category. This includes small devices and the outlets within a home. The Voltset team is striving to make the multimeter CAT III capable, allowing for the measurement of higher power systems including a home distribution panel.

The key difference between the Voltset and the Voltset PRO is the range of readings that each can make. While the Voltset includes the ability to measure voltage, resistance, diodes, and conductivity; the Voltset PRO includes additional measurements of capacitance, frequency, and current.

Although it is odd that the measurement of current is unavailable to the Voltset while it is a staple in many multimeters, the software provided by the Voltset will include automated calculations that can compute the current. The software provided will also be able to chart and export data to Excel. If a user were to use the Voltset on an outlet or battery, the software will also be able to tell you additional information. The software for the Voltset is open to expansion and customization with support from the Voltset community.

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Mooshimeter Is the Multimeter We Always Wanted
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 1.9.2014 News

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We took a look at innovative multimeters at the Maker Faire in New York in September when we previewed the Voltset, a smartphone based multimeter.

As I said in the Voltset preview, multimeters have not changed in design for a few decades. You might question why a design that works should be altered, but a new project on Dragon Innovation’s crowd funding website will definitely leave you wondering what other tools need a modern retouch.

That project is the Mooshimeter by Mooshim Engineering.

Like the Voltset, the Mooshimeter plans to take advantage of modern smart devices to expand the capabilities of traditional multimeters. By shifting the burden of display and control to another device, the Mooshim team could afford to make improvements in other areas of the Mooshimeter. While the Voltset makes a convenient pocket-sized multimeter to carry anywhere and take any sort of measurement, the Mooshimeter is a rugged data-collection device, designed to be placed in tight spaces or hard to reach places (where no multimeter has gone before!).

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Tutorial Roundup #4: Instruments!
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 11.15.2013 Features

Instrumentation is expensive. A decent desktop oscilloscope can run well over $300. When you don’t have the cash to spend on instrumentation to test your creations, what must a Maker do? Build your own, of course! This week, we have collected three tutorials to help you Make the tools you need to analyze and test your projects. Continue Reading

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VoltSet: A Smart Multimeter For Smart Phones
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 9.25.2013 News

Most engineers are familiar with the multimeter, a rather ubiquitous tool in any laboratory recognizable for its brick-like shape and radial mode selector.

Turn my dial, baby.

Your standard day-to-day multimeter.  Look at that dial-turning action. source: Buzzle

Multimeter design has been somewhat of a stagnant craft, the basic look and layout being maintained for a several decades.  A company we met at Maker Faire New York is bringing multimeter design into the 21st century.

Making smart phones even smarter

The Mega-VoltSet connects to your smartphone.

That company is VoltSet (@Voltset), lead by Tom Wang.  He’s on a mission to make the multimeter sexy, modern, and accessible.  His line of VoltSet multimeters accomplishes this by reducing the size of the hardware and connecting to a smartphone which provides a friendly user interface.

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