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 parts and final assembly.
- The smartphone “Mobile Spectrometers” are about to enter production, just waiting on the final prototype to be printed and last-minute checked.
Looking for something to do with your spectrometer? Spectral Challenge is an X-Prize-style call to makers, hackers, and Do-It-Yourselfers worldwide to tackle real-world environmental problems with low-cost, open source spectrometry. We are hosting a crowd-funded prize for community researchers who want to make DIY spectroscopy better, starting with a Stage 1 prize for improving open spectrometric methodology, and a Stage 2 prize for identifying a pollutant in your neighborhood. Entries are now open, and teams are starting to form -- check it out at http://spectralchallenge.org.
Announcing the Public Lab Store
Missed out on the first round, or want more? Our store -- carrying the now $40 DIY Spectrometry Kit and the Foldable Mini-Spectrometer -- is now taking orders: check it out at http://store.publiclaboratory.org and follow the link to see all things spectroscopy!
Spectral Workbench API
Finally, your fellow spectral enthusiasts are talking and doing up a storm on the Public Lab spectroscopy group. There’s a thread about making a bulk purchase of sampling containers -- like petri dishes, polystyrene cuvettes and caps, optical grade sample bottles, evidence bags, and similar items -- so weigh in if you’d like some or know a good supplier with bulk pricing.
Happy analyzing! See you online at the Public Lab spectroscopy group.