Packaging updates and latest draft of foldable mini-spectrometer
Hello all! I know we've been a bit quiet but don't worry -- we've been moving ahead full steam with ordering bulk parts, refining designs, and kicking off lots of exciting new research on the new Public Lab spectrometry mailing list (join now by checking "plots-spectrometry" on this page. Ideas and plans have been posted for ultraviolet spectrometer mods, a flame spectrometer for soil analysis, a carbon arc setup for vaporizing samples (!!!) and much more. Remember -- we're an open source community, not a corporation, which means you can join in and contribute to the design of these devices even before they're assembled and shipped!
Packaging and assembly
We've gone out of our way to find an aluminum conduit box for the DIY Kits ($35 model) instead of the nasty PVC boxes which are also full of fire retardant. Soon, 1500 will be headed our way in a boat. See progress on the kit here.
We also ordered boxes and are doing basic packaging design, as seen below; we want these to be basic but nice. Here, see 1500 boxes clogging traffic behind our workspace in Somerville:
The foldable design is shipping first, and so we've spent the most time on this design up front. Eight versions in and we're really looking at a pretty finished product which we've tested and are confident with. You can download the design right now, print it, and try it out -- but the ones we'll be mailing will be on stiff matte black card paper and will have lasercut imaging slits.
The above is the foldable one assembled temporarily with rubber bands -- it's a bit wrinkly from being carried around too much in my bike bag. Don't worry -- the final one will be sturdier and nicer-looking. That's more or less it for now; we'll keep you up to date as things get closer to shipping!
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Aug 27, 2012 - Oct 5, 2012
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A fold-up spectrometer attachment for your smartphone. Ships flat -- you cut it out and assemble it.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $35 or more
A proven and tested "desktop" USB spectrometry kit which you assemble inside of a VHS box. 400-900 nanometer range and 3-10 nm resolution. (please add $10 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $65 or more
An experimental "backpack" which clips to your Android phone's camera and turns it into a spectrometer. If more than 250 backers want this, we pledge to develop a native iPhone app as well. (please add $10 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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All three of the above, as they become available (please add $60 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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A "Classroom pack" of 6 desktop spectrometry kits for teachers and those of you who just can't get enough spectra! Please add $40 for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $300 or more
A fully-assembled and calibrated "countertop" model with Pyrex sample dishes and a full-spectrum lamp. Would look great in a coffeeshop, a wine bar, an exhibit or classroom. (please add $40 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
Pledge $400 or more
All four -- countertop, desktop kit, mobile, and papercraft spectrometers -- please add $100 for international shipping, as we'll be shipping these separately.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
3 backers Limited (2 of 5 left)
This completely egregious "steampunk" spectrometer is made from polished aluminum, brass, and finely finished, laser engraved wood. It's functionally identical to the "countertop" model, but has enough polish to make Isambard Kingdom Brunel proud. Don't back this unless you are a) feeling sooo rad or b) trying to support the Public Lab nonprofit.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013