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Loadstar Sensors featured on SmashLab

June 20, 2008

Loadstar's iLoad Pro Digital Load Cell was recently featured during the Boat Ejector Seat Episode on the Discovery Channel's Hit Show SmashLab.

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"The television broadcast has exposed our product to a nationwide audience. Fans of the hit show, including hobbyists, engineers and techies, have seen the value our iLoad Pro brings to the table," stated Div Harish, Co-Founder & CEO of Loadstar Sensors.

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In this episode of SmashLab which first aired on Discovery Channel on April 2, 2008, the team sets out to develop a life saving device system that safely rescues a passenger from an unavoidable boat crash. Two designs are drawn out: the first uses an air parachute similar to the way drag racers slow down their speedy vehicles and the second design takes advantage of the density of water to deploy an underwater chute. The iLoad Pro was used in engineering the second underwater chute to measure the drag resistance(force) needed to safely deploy someone out of the boat before impact.

The iLoad and iLoad Pro series load cells are based on Loadstar's patented capacitive Plug and Sense™ technology. These load cells are designed to plug directly into the USB port of a PC and enable users to measure loads, forces or weights without need for any additional signal conditioning, data acquisition system or special software!

Key features of the iLoad Pro Series load cells include:

  • Flexible output options-either Digital USB or Analog 0-5V DC
  • Integrated signal conditioning
  • Accuracies to 0.05% of full scale loads
  • Tensile and compressive measurements
  • Rugged low profile, stainless steel (17-4 PH) or Aluminum package
  • Easy mounting with threaded holes or studs
  • Attractively priced in either single piece or OEM quantities

For more information about the iLoad Pro, please contact Div Harish, at Loadstar Sensors, Inc. 510-623-9600 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you'd like to see an abbreviated video clip of the broadcast click here.

About Loadstar Sensors, Inc.

Established in 2004, Loadstar Sensors, Inc. is a leader in the design and manufacture of capacitive sensors for automotive, aerospace, medical device, industrial and consumer applications. We currently sell capacitive load cells (force/weight/load) that offer high sensitivities in an easy to use, mechanically robust, low profile package. We partner with leading OEMs to incorporate load cells into mass market products where existing load measurement solutions were neither reliable nor economically feasible. Loadstar is based in Fremont, California.