Something new related to the project you helped launch...
At the end of 2012, you all pledged support to help us launch the DIY Spectrometry Kit. Your funding built Spectralworkbench.org into a serious analysis tool, and your contributions... Read more
Join the Public Lab nonprofit team!
We have a really exciting update from the Public Lab nonprofit--thanks to your support and the growth of our tools community, we're hiring! If you're interested in open hardware, project... Read more
Hack your holidays with Public Lab!
This winter, choose gifts that delight your loved ones AND help support your favorite non-profit organization, Public Lab.
Check out these holiday specials at store.publiclab.org:
Intro Kits for just $5!... Read more
Introducing the Public Lab Smartphone Spectrometer!
At long last, we've finished shipping all but a handful of the Smartphone Spectrometer kits, formerly called the "Backpack Spectrometer" -- and you can now order a kit today if... Read more
Finally! Mobile spectrometers parts are all here!
Yesterday evening, UPS finally arrived at our front door with all the molded spectrometers! All the parts are now here, and we're working to get everything assembled ASAP.
The... Read more
2013 Public Lab Barnraising
(Above: a group kite-mapping session on the nearby canal.)
Hi, all -- I wanted to extend this invitation to you all to join us this upcoming October 4-6:
The global... Read more
Injection molding production run begins, new foldable spectrometer packaging
Hi, everyone - a followup on the injection molding process today: Louis from ProtoEdge sent us samples in 3 different plastics; Polypropylene, ABS, and nylon. We got the final sample... Read more
Smartphone spectrometer injection molding has begun
Hello everyone -- I sent a message last week to backers of the "backpack" model, which we've started calling the "smartphone spectrometer", promising updates soon and apologizing for our slow... Read more
Resolving Molding issues with Mobile Spectrometers
It has been a rocky month trying to get the mobile spectrometers ready for molding. We thought a few tweaks to our existing models were going to do it, and... Read more
#SpectralChallenge prize for open spectrometry, new store, and more!
Hi! Liz from Public Lab here today... first off, updates on the last few rewards:
- All domestic and Canadian countertop orders have been shipped! International orders are awaiting 240v compatible... Read more
Quick update about last few rewards
Hello all -- quick update on the last few rewards. We didn't quite make the February ship date we expected, but completed Countertop models are now piling up around our... Read more
Countertop and Mobile Spectrometers and iOS progress
February is here, and soon so will the last few rewards! I know all of you who haven't gotten your rewards are eager to hear an update, so here goes:
Countertop... Read more
Quick revision to Desktop Kit instructions!
A follow-up -- the print instructions which shipped in the Desktop Spectrometry Kit ($35) contain a small error; they show the webcam being focused to 3" away, but in... Read more
Spectrometers arriving: what next?
All but 64 of the Desktop Spectrometry Kits are now shipped, and from the buzz on twitter and the new spectra being uploaded to SpectralWorkbench.org, many have already received, assembled,... Read more
We are shipping!! Plus iOS/Android updates & preorders
900 webcams just arrived, and we are in the midst of final assembly for the 974 Desktop Spectrometry Kits ($35 reward; the remaining webcams should be here soon). What's... Read more
Spectrometer assembly is in full swing!
Things are humming along! Fellow Public Lab staff member Mathew Lippincott has been up to his elbows in foldable paper spectrometers out in Portland OR for the past week or... Read more
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... Read more
Success! Plus updates on the API, ongoing tests, and posted design files
Hi all! As you probably noticed, we finished up with a great last push and broke $110k last Friday. We've been scrambling to calculate how many we need to ship... Read more
Spectral App API is go, iOS app is go, & 30 hours left...
Hi, all! Late last night we crossed $100k, 1000%, and 1500 backers, so woohoo! That means we'll be developing an API so you can create your own spectral analysis... Read more
5 days left, Gowanus sludge samples and MakerFaire booth
We've had an amazing campaign here, and there are now only 5 days left to get a spectrometer, and to reach our stretch goal of $100k, at which point we've... Read more
MakerFaire, OHS, and Gowanus Canal water sampling meetups this week(end)
Hey all -- Shannon, Liz and I will be at MakerFaire in NYC this coming weekend, as will many Public Labbers, and we've had a generous offer from FarmHack to... Read more
Limited "steampunk edition" spectrometer and iPhotometer 5 video
OK, so we've gotten a little silly in the past few days and in that spirit we've designed one more spectrometer. It's brass. It's wood. It's engraved. But it's functionally... Read more
Countertop build photos and DIY aquaponics grow light testing
(Image from Mediamatic: High Density 4-storey Aquaponics Edifice at Food & Architecture Fair, Amsterdam -- read on to learn more!)
Hello all -- we're moving towards 600% and there are a... Read more
iOS is go! Also, case upgrades... and a Spectral App Platform API?
Hi, all! After the Kickstarter Newsletter we had a huge influx of new backers, and i'm happy to say that we are now past the iOS threshold. Tell your... Read more
300% passed -- new rewards, software features, videos, and a place to share research & ideas
Wow, 300% and only a quarter of the way to our deadline! Thanks everyone! Also -- the iOS threshold is past 66% -- with over 170 backers all together for... Read more
Testing coffee spectra at Toscanini's in Cambridge
Short update today; there was some speculation from ZPM Espresso (another KS project!) about using these tools to analyze coffee -- and one reason we made a nice rugged "countertop... Read more
International shipping correction, iOS backers and yeast spectrometry at Mystic Brewery
Hey all! Amazing that we've passed our threshold already and a million thanks! Some quick answers for a few questions (you asked a lot -- some will be added to... Read more