Hi all, so I’ve been pursuing the single pixel camera collaboration, specifically the application for creating a low-cost hyperspectral imager. I have an update.
I talked with Hamamatsu (http://www.hamamatsu.com/) today, and they are interested in supplying development kits to collaborators in the project (yay!)!!! The specific spec we will be working on is: http://www.hamamatsu.com/eu/en/product/category/5001/4016/C12880MA/index.html. It’s 350 - 850nm spec with 15nm resolution.
I also talked with GroupGets (https://groupgets.com/) and they are providing 6 breakout boards so we can hook the specs right up to an arduino or teensy, which will way simplify our development. If you haven’t seen their breakout boards - go check them out: https://groupgets.com/manufacturers/hamamatsu-photonics/products/c12880ma-micro-spectrometer .
- They would supply arduino compatible development boards (so no soldering necessary) to collaborators (normally a few hundred bucks).
- In exchange for their support, we would need to publish the results of our efforts (Journal of Open Science Hardware would be ideal), and have an publicly documented project online which uses the Hamamatsu mini spec.
- Apply if you’re want to contribute and get a spec by replying to this post noting your interest. Applications are closed as we only had 6 units available in the first round and those were filled. But, in case we get another batch and you want to be considered, please fill out the application form is here: https://goo.gl/forms/x9ue6mmfwIUxY2qk2 . Please only people willing to actually work on this sometime in the next year… so still respond if you’re next month is busy but you can put in some time over the next year. That’s totally ok. Anyone can apply, but useful skills will be mechanical design, optics, math (the algorithm to reconstruct the image), application identification, or those who want to help write/publish the results (people who want pubs are welcome!). If you don’t have those skills but think you can still help, just mention how in your response.
- Include a description of an application for the hyperspectral imager in your response. This was a requirement of Hamamatsu - it helps justify their investment in us by describing potential markets and applications.
Most of the firmware was already done, so we’d be ahead of the game in terms of development.
Want to cross post this request for collaborators? Yes please do! Just make sure to direct people back to this post to respond to the request, and please repost to places where you think people will be a good fit in terms of skills and talents for this particular project (see above for list of skills). Because Hamamatsu will be supporting us with equipment, I want to be respectful of their generosity and make sure we’re not sending things out willy nilly. So a reasonable skill fit + available time to contribute are the baseline for participating.
Why is this cool? If you’re not familiar, there are many great applications, besides just as an educational tool. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperspectral_imaging#Applications , or here’s a nice article - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hyperspectral-imaging-whats-all-why-we-talking-now-laith-marmash .