Hello again! We've created a plant health camera called the Infragram
It's been a while, but we wanted to get in touch again because one of the projects started during this campaign has grown up into it's own project -- an infrared "photosynthesis camera" we're calling the Infragram.
During the oil spill, we began to experiment (in the same spirit of Do-It-Yourself creativity and environmental concern) with a pair of synchronized infrared and visible cameras in a technique for assessing plant health which we borrowed from NASA. You can read more about our work here: http://publiclab.org/tag/ndvi
Since then, as you probably know, we've formed the open community research network called Public Lab. Our goal with this camera has been to help quantify damage to ecosystems, using a low-cost version of the same techniques NASA uses from satellites -- very much in the spirit of Public Lab! The two-camera technique was expensive (although not as much as the thousands of dollars normally spent on such images!) and a bit unwieldy -- a prototype!
Well, we've worked hard since then, and with lots of help from backers (who are now active Public Lab contributors), we've come up with a single-camera version which we are offering in our new Kickstarter. You can get one for as little as $35 -- and the images are stunning; see below.