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 workspace, and we're waiting for the last few bits -- sample containers, label stickers, and so forth. They are being calibrated and packed, so we should be shipping out the first batch by the end of this week if all goes well. Sorry for the delay and we hope that'll put us at only one week past the estimated ship date!
International countertop orders will take a little longer, since we are trying to source 220V light bulbs and figure out how to get plugs for any given country. What we may do is ship them with a fairly universal plug like the type that's on the back of most computers, and ask you to bring your own local plug (perhaps we can ship a European standard plug in each box in case you have an adaptor for that pretty common plug). If you have strong opinions about it, or suggestions, please leave a comment here!
We have pretty much finalized the Mobile Spectrometer, and Brad Dudenhoffer has posted a great update: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/braddudenhoffer/2-23-2013/mobile-spectrometer-design-update
We were struggling for a bit to figure out how to provide a way to temporarily attach the Mobile Spectrometer to your phone, but have settled on a few options, one including Glue Dots (small, restickable and remarkably strong adhesive dots). We also tried some wacky solutions, like using the glue that's used to stick climbing skins to telemark skis (I happen to be a telemark skier). That last one worked all right, actually! But it was a bit messy: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/warren/2-27-2013/telemark-skin-glue-re-stickable-spectrometer-attachment
Anyhow, just want you to know that we're hard at work finishing these off; they are looking amazing and we'll post another update as they start to ship. Thanks!
Here are a few more photos of the Mobile Spectrometer attachment tests:
Here's me load-testing the double-sided removable foam adhesive:
One more quick addendum -- we're being careful to choose a type of plastic that minimizes environmental and human health impacts -- but also that absorbs infrared light, and reduces reflection inside the device. I had to use one of our modified infrared cameras to confim this with a range of plastic samples, which ended up looking pretty neat. Read more here: http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/warren/3-6-2013/plastics-options-spectrometers