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Ideas from the $35 Kickstarter backers on how they will use the spectrometer

by Shannon | December 17, 2012 04:27 | 98 views | 1 comments | #5226 | 98 views | 1 comments | #5226 17 Dec 04:27

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We asked each of the Kickstarter backer levels what they plan to do once they receive their spectrometer. Backers at the $35 level are receiving the desktop spectrometer next week. Here's some of the ideas that people listed from this backer tier.

Responses from other backer levels: $10 backer level $100 backer level $200 and $400 backer level

Related to light

  • Mostly solar light experiments and nature observation
  • Try it out with OpenIR
  • Plan to scope displays and lights
  • I plan to build a Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy rig in the long term. I also want to try stellar spectography.
  • LED testing
  • Testing spectra of residential light sources, other general uses.
  • Solar cell efficiency
  • Science fair displays. LED spectra.
  • Monitor light during the day
  • Seeing if I can differentiate different "Vaseline Glass" samples via their respective fluorescence.
  • I have some possible experiments relating to photo and video source image analysis
  • Color testing, Solution analysis
  • Surface reflection spectra
  • I'll check different room lights and compare them to natural sunlight
  • To check the artificial light quality
  • Measure lighting spectra
  • To check color
  • Experimenting with color measurement
  • Investigate alternate light sources eg LED for medical equipment / examination
  • I am going to use it to examine solar lights and to teach some of my students chemistry and physics
  • Measure changes in daylight spectrum for use with solar energy applications
  • Teaching my kids about light and optics.
  • I work in remote sensing and am also a PhD student. I will be using it side by side with a traditional backpack spectrometer to test its suitability for collecting ground truth data for hyperspectral and multispectral aerial and satellite imagery.
  • Investigate spectra of white and color LEDs
  • First I shall test it with known substances then tinker with it and see if I can extend the capabilities with novel light sources and filters
  • Measure spectra for LED and other lamps. I am interested in spectral distribution optimization for work and leisure tasks. We are an Energy Efficiency Lighting Company, http://www.etap-eco.com/. Would love to be in a range bit lower that 400 nm.
  • EL lighting educational kit
  • led spectrometer for reef tank
  • Measuring spectrum of LEDS and marine fish tank light bulbs and grow lights
  • Exploring environmental sensing & water testing applications
  • Checking various lights, bulb types, displays, small flames, just sort of having fun with it.
  • Optical absorbance measurements

Related to Water and Soil

  • Looking at water, dirt and algae in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
  • Check water samples
  • If it's possible, test for mercury or other things that might taint my water. Maybe do a comparison test of filtered and unfiltered well/city water.
  • Canal Water at Discovery Bay CA
  • Analyze the liquids around me
  • Check my aquarium water quality
  • Water Analysis for Aquaponics Automation
  • Environmental remediation research, soil/atmospheric testing, spectroscopy of living
  • Measure pollutants, in water, and even in air (organic comp.)
  • To test samples and to see if i could get it to analyse a constant water flow
  • Water Quality Monitoring of stormwater runoff
  • Algae testing
  • Water and soil analysis for long-term environmental project
  • Soil test for asbestos, and other things.
  • Sample drinking water for carcinogens, in the Miami area
  • Water treatment for fountains
  • Check water quality and related environmental integrity.
  • Testing the air, soil, and water.
  • Analyze lake water samples
  • Analyze seawater from various locations
  • Look for contaminants in ocean water
  • Testing springs along the appalachain trail.
  • I plan to compare soil samples for gardening.
  • Plans are to show it off to some friends who are in the ecology field. As a fun toy for one and a possible tool for the firm of the other. Also I just want to play with it because I think this kind of thing is really fun. I'll likely do mostly soil and water samples. Maybe foods....
  • Test local water from streams to tap
  • Evaluate waters and other things in Macau
  • analyze water and soil in Calafou ecovillage.
  • Test water sources on my family farm.
  • I want to look at the water in the river close to my home, and chemicals I use day to day.

Related to Food and Drink

  • Analyze my food :)
  • Maybe do some testing with coffee
  • Examining tea
  • I plan to provide it to my local hackerspace to analyze our beer production.
  • Analyze wine
  • I'd like to examine the make up of scotch.
  • Correlate electrical conductivity of bananas with spectral properties as they ripen
  • Beer and snow spectral signatures
  • Analyse homebrew
  • Analyze food samples
  • I plan to attempt to use this device to determine the appropriateness of container materials for food storage (i.e. whether or not a container leaches anything into its contents), soil testing, and small engine oil contamination. The possibility also exists for extra-solar astral-spectrography. Or I might us it to teach my small child about invisible rainbows. I haven't really decided yet.
  • Water and biological testing
  • Analyse my homebrewed cider, local water, soil, etc
  • I would like to test beer in my brewery.
  • I plan on checking the contents of food, water, and in my community's environment.
  • Looking at oils, beer, wine, and coffee.
  • I plan to use it in distilling spirits.
  • Analysing common processed food content with the kids
  • Determination of beer SRM values and other experimentation.
  • Spectrophotometric analysis of beer (especially own-brewed) and wine *Testing cooking ingredients
  • Run some tests on soft drinks and other beverages and generally play around with it.
  • I run a homebrewers collective called Brewlab (brewlabsf.com) and we're going to play with this and learn from it in any way we can! Probably gonna analyze a lot of yeast samples and stuff, can't wait!
  • Look for pollutants in animal feed.
  • Find out what toxic substances the things I eat may contain
  • Random experiments in our local hackerspace "brmlab" - so, can we distinguish Club Mate from beer?
  • I hope there is something that is useful to gardening and raising mushrooms.
  • Examine sundry kitchen items
  • Test flavors and commercial food chemicals and ingredients.
  • Will try to check whether food contains certain additives, e.g. glutamates, and other compounds some people react to (e.g. lactose, sorbitol, histamines, ...).
  • Coffee tests (brew time, water temp, grounds fineness).
  • Along with testing the beer and mead I homebrew I intend to explore my local environment and mess around with analytical chemistry beyond work.

Related to Household items

  • Testing various household products
  • I have no plans yet, I simply wanted to support the project and perhaps learn more about the substances around my home.
  • Not sure, will probably test every liquid in my home!
  • Analysis of dyes, natural and synthetic.
  • I'll use it to analyze household items
  • Check out various liquids around the house and in the neighborhood.
  • Study the spectra of organic dyes and colorants
  • I plan on using it for analysis of common household elements and in /around the neighborhood ;use as science teaching moment with friends and family
  • Everyone needs a spectrometer at home. Perhaps try identifying chemical composition of household and natural substances.
  • Look at coffee and soap
  • I'd like to use it to find out if the essential oils I use have been adulterated or contaminated.
  • I am excited to test the liquids I ingest, put on my body, and use in my home, to see what is really in them!

Related to biology and chemistry

  • Cell density (e.g. for log phase growth)
  • Analysis of dissolved solids
  • Gel filter analysis
  • Inline electrochemical monitoring
  • Analyze the makeup of lithic material
  • I'm a biochemist and plan to use this at home while fermenting various and sundry things.
  • Look at different tissue types
  • I would like to use it for measuring nutrients concentrations in river, estuary, and ocean.
  • Biometrics
  • Perhaps to test seeds - wether GMO or not
  • Measuring colors of flowers
  • Check nutrient concentrations in water and algae cultures.
  • Coffee, beer, blood? In college i had to do whats in this bottle and hated it. Mostly bought it to avoid that situation ever happening again.
  • Yeast health measurements
  • identifying and cataloging unknown psychoactives found in street drugs
  • Analize Resveratrol. Resveratrol is usually from China and batches have tested positive for mercury.
  • Digital forensics
  • Nutrient meter
  • Chlorophylle analyse
  • Synbio stuff

Related to Astronomy and Atmosphere

  • Astronomical spectroscopy
  • See if I can get it to work for astronomy spectra.
  • I'm a Ph.D. student in astrophysics, and my first idea was to take solar and telluric spectra, try to construct a stellar library. I'd also like to use it for outreach events-it's a nice example of the instruments we use in astronomy.
  • Astronomy filters analysis
  • Test air quality, test the constituents of distilled spirits
  • Use for astrophotometry
  • Atmospheric pressure plasma emission spectroscopy
  • Use with my telescope on stars

Related to Chemicals (general)

  • I'll use it at KCC Urban Farm to test for post-Sandy contaminants and in my backyard just for fun
  • First, I'll calibrate it against some of the bench-top instruments in the lab, then when I have an idea of its performance, develop a few different methods for analysis of various chemicals of interest. Then I'd like to build several dozen more and distribute them to high schools for them to use - hopefully they'll be accurate enough for some basic useful procedures, like colorimetric assays and whatnot. Mostly, I'd like to use it as a cheap, portable solution for my basic visible spectroscopy needs.
  • Test local surroundings for contaminates and such.
  • Attempt to identify metals.
  • Analyzing gasoline engine deposits and by-products
  • I'm going to apply a machine learning algorithm for automated detection of unknown substance.
  • Analyze various chemicals
  • Test used moter oil so I can figure out it's H2SO4 level. This will help me know when to change it when I loose track.
  • Test for fuel contamination.
  • Chemical fingerprinting
  • For fun, personal use, and maybe car-related stuff (oil composition, etc)
  • Analysis/monitoring of chemical reactions, as a LED spectrum analyser and for fun with my kids..
  • Would like to test for heavy metals
  • Exhaust analysis

Related to Education

  • Kids Science Fair Project
  • Home science
  • Teaching others about spectrometers and how cool they are
  • Dazzle my kids
  • Pique childrens' interests!
  • I plan to test it for educational purposes in primary and secondary schools.
  • Using to motivate and engage students in science and scientific research
  • I would like to work it into our public Neuroscience lessons on sensory systems.
  • Use it for lectures in atomic physics.
  • Teaching High School Chemistry
  • Teach my son about chemicals
  • Record spectra in college labs
  • Compare the curves for various products for educational reasons
  • My daughter will use it for Uni.
  • Teaching kids about solutions, testing water/wine/beer/etc
  • I plan to use this in my 8th grade physical science class with my students.
  • A group of high school students I teach are building a spectrometer and will test various configurations. We then plan to use it as a teaching aid.
  • Show my niece and nephew how much fun science is.
  • Teaching my daughter and her classmates about materials in their water
  • Own children education and workshops with hackidemia
  • Use it in physics club
  • As part of my plan (along with some of my colleagues) to develop a more science-y, open-source curriculum for middle schoolers. Relatively cheap equipment can open doors in education.
  • Use in a course on Visualization in Science.
  • Work with some HS kids as part of a STEM oriented program
  • I'll let me high school club figure it out. High altitude balloon experiment or rocket experiment.
  • We plan to use it in a high school to study fluorescence and color.
  • Teach my daughter (10 years old) some color science.
  • Classroom demos in human perception class
  • Biotechnology class
  • I help manage the labs for a community college physics department. Planning to bring this in to play with/assemble, and see if it can be used alongside any of our spectrometry demos.

Miscellaneous

  • Scan random things and see what I can figure out from that.
  • Building an FIA (flow injection analysis) system.
  • Measure everything I can, maybe even some profesional use (I am a conservation scientist), I usually don't use a VIS Spectrometer, but who knows?
  • Experimenting in my garage laboratory
  • No clue yet! That's part of the excitement!
  • Use it in my work in environment laboratory and with my friends
  • Look for every use and improve the tool.
  • Donate it to someone in the New Orleans area
  • Taking over the world!
  • No plans yet beyond evaluation
  • Diabolical Scientific Investigations...
  • Test stuff like Abby from NCIS
  • Test as much as I can and share results
  • Giving it to my brother who is a chemist. He's going to have so much fun with it!
  • Schauen wir mal, vieleicht baue ich daraus einen Fluxkompensator
  • Use it in my sustainability lab.
  • Giving it to my science teacher. His can only do one wavelength at a time.
  • Learn about our environment in Brazil
  • Checking out how 100% pure NZ really is!
  • Acquisition of spectrum for computer generated images.
  • Occupy Spectroscopy
  • I'm a physicist. analysing the world.
  • After building and testing the spectrometer, I plan to collect and test environmental water samples in the Las Vegas area
  • Get it working with ActivTable
  • Supplement XRF spectrometer
  • I plan to help build the public library of spectroscopy data and have tons of fun doing it.
  • I'll be sharing it with my fellow hackerspace members at Hive76.
  • I love coffee, beer, opensource, and science so there will be lots of data uploaded. We have some novel ideas about how the PLDIY - Spectrometer will change the way we SEE the world!
  • I'm interested in experimenting with affordable spectrometers to integrate into resin based 3D printers.
  • A new way to see means a new way to ask questions. This will be the first time I've explored the world in this way, I can't wait!
  • Test its capabilities
  • Not sure yet, but I'm a chemist and I'm bound to have fun geeking out over compositions
  • I dunno, but the thought of NOT having the option to perform spectrometry on a whim simply hurt to much...

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