kuraCloud Desktop


kuraCloud Desktop provides a link between your PowerLab and kuraCloud. With kuraCloud Desktop and a PowerLab, you can use a Data Panel in kuraCloud to sample data into your lesson. The sampled data will be visible live in the kuraCloud Data Panel.

How to Sample

Follow these steps to sample using a PowerLab and your kuraCloud Data Panel:

  1. Go to your lesson with PowerLab Data Panel
  2. Ensure you have any required transducers plugged into your PowerLab
  3. Make sure your PowerLab is connected to your computer, and is turned on
  4. Press the ‘Start’ button on the Data Panel to start sampling

You should see the data appear in your Data Panel.


Supported Sampling Platforms

System Requirements

We recommend the following as minimum system requirements for kuraCloud Desktop:

  • Windows 7 or later
  • 2GB RAM minimum, 4GB recommended
  • Modern Intel or AMD Desktop CPU having 2 or more cores
  • 5GB free hard disk space
  • Available USB port (version 2 or later)
  • Broadband internet connection

Internet Browsers

We recommended using the latest version of Google Chrome for best sampling experience.

The following browsers are supported:

  • Google Chrome (Latest)
  • Mozilla Firefox (Latest)
  • Microsoft Edge (Latest)
  • Internet Explorer 11 (Desktop only - Metro is not supported)



A PowerLab is a high-performance data acquisition device trusted for a wide range of life science research and teaching applications. 

By installing kuraCloud Desktop, students can use a PowerLab to sample data into a Data Panel in a kuraCloud lesson.

Connecting your PowerLab

To connect your PowerLab and kuraCloud follow these steps:

  1. Connect your PowerLab to a power outlet using the power cable provided.
  2. Use a USB cable to plug your PowerLab into your computer.
  3. Turn on your PowerLab using the power switch located on the rear of the unit. The power indicator light should be on.

PowerLab is not Responding

If you receive an error saying your PowerLab is not responding, restart your PowerLab using the on/off switch.

If you continue to experience problems after restarting your PowerLab, check that you do not have any other applications running which may be keeping it busy. Further information about applications keeping your PowerLab busy can be found here

PowerLab is busy

When your PowerLab is busy, the status indicator will flash yellow. 

Your PowerLab is busy because it is being used by another application.


​If you are using LabTutor, save your sesson and log out. There will be a 30 second delay while the LabTutor kernel shuts down. To speed this up, right click the system tray and click close.

The PowerLab should now be idle and ready for use in kuraCloud.


​If your PowerLab is being used by LabChart, you will need to save and close all LabChart files, then exit LabChart.


If your PowerLab is being used by Scope, you will need to save and close all Scope files, then exit Scope.

Still not working?

If an error message is still being displayed, try restarting your PowerLab by using the on/off switch.