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A simple, cheap infrared camera which can measure plant health -- for geek gardeners, farmers, and open source DIY scientists.
A simple, cheap infrared camera which can measure plant health -- for geek gardeners, farmers, and open source DIY scientists.
1,556 backers pledged $71,373 to help bring this project to life.

Introducing a new Public Lab kit for microplastics: BabyLegs

Posted by Jeffrey Yoo Warren (Collaborator)
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Hello, backers! 

Because we know you're interested in community science tools, we wanted to let you know about our latest Public Lab kit and campaign: BabyLegs

This do-it-yourself trawl, made from pink baby tights, is used for monitoring and learning about plastic pollution in waterways, like ocean microplastics. 

There are over 5.25 trillion pieces of marine plastics in the world's oceans, and they absorb things like chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals. The plastics are ingested by wildlife, posing an urgent environmental justice issue, as people who eat marine mammals or who depend upon fish for sustenance are more likely to carry high toxic burdens. With this in mind, we've worked with Dr. Max Liboiron of the CLEAR feminist science laboratory to launch this kit.

We've nearly reached our goal in less than a week, and would love your help in taking us across the finish line. Like all of our Public Lab kits, BabyLegs is open source, made from affordable parts, is fully DIY, and aimed at addressing environmental problems that affect communities around the world

We'd love to see how you can use BabyLegs in your community, and we have some great incentives to go along with your pledge, including a DIY sea globe to show off your finds, and our Community Microscope to help investigate your catch! 

Click here to learn more

Over 200 people have signed up for a Community Microscope Kit

Posted by Jeffrey Yoo Warren (Collaborator)

Hello everyone! I wanted to get in touch again with a new Public Lab kit and campaign -- one of our most exciting yet: the Community Microscope Kit.

Explore the invisible microscopic world around you with an affordable microscope kit you construct yourself.

We've blown through our initial goal, and wanted to reach out to you to help us help 500 people build their own microscope!

This new kit has many of the things you've come to expect from Public Lab; it's:

  • open source
  • made from affordable, simple parts
  • fully DIY - remix and improve it!
  • aimed at environmental problems that affect communities around the world 
  • Just like previous campaigns we've run, we need you to pitch in, refine and improve this kit, to help measure things like air quality issues and ocean microplastics.

Learn more about it and see some amazing videos and GIFs of things you can see with it -- from dust motes, bacteria, chlorophyll and amoebas!

Click here to learn more

Public Lab: Kits Move & Refresh!

Posted by Bronwen Densmore (Collaborator)
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now shipping from Providence, RI!
now shipping from Providence, RI!

 

Hello Public Lab supporters!

We just wanted to let everyone know that our kits store has recently moved to Providence, RI! 

After a very busy few months that included moving, updating our store website, Kickstarting new additions to our aerial mapping tools, and welcoming new team members, we are up and running in our new location. We're looking forward to an exciting new year where we will be announcing new products, continuing to build on to existing kits, and working with the Public Lab community at large to support the experimentation and research with our open source tools. 

If it's been a while since you visited our store, check it out! If you want to catch up with how folks have been using our Infragram tools, you can visit the main Infragram page on our site, or browse Research Notes to see what folks have been up to. You can also share examples of your own work as a research note, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If you have any questions about your orders (from this Kickstarter, or in general) you can also reach us at shipping@publiclab.org, and we can look in to things for you.

Many thanks for your support over the years: we're looking forward to serving folks from our new space in Providence, and we're grateful that you all have been a part of how our kits initiatives have evolved over the years. 

A new Balloon and Kite Mapping project from Public Lab

Posted by Public Lab (Creator)
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 Hi, everyone - although it's been a few years since this campaign, Public Lab has been growing quickly, and we've just launched a new project -- as part of Kickstarter Gold.

We're bringing back the Balloon Mapping Kit along with two exciting new prototyping kits -- the Mini Balloon Kit and the Mini Kite Kit. At half the cost of the original, these are designed for portability and for a new generation of smaller cameras that's now available.

We'd love to hear what you think:

http://kck.st/2tJksZq

Infragram Point and Shoot Update

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