Micro-Manager on the Raspberry Pi

Micro-manager guru Kyle M. Douglass recently posed his implementation of micro-manager on a raspberry Pi 3. Very cool potential here, considering when the computing power of the pi is exceeded for a given application, one could just add more for $45! I’d imagine that memory handling issues related to image capture would be the biggest […]

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An awesome gerber viewer for OSX

While there are a few viewing tools available for OSX, I’ve been looking for something that was higher quality, and more configurable. Today I stumbled upon Cuprum. This viewer supports layering, export of user-configured views, some good print options and other stuff. It’s $13 on the Mac App store, and well worth it IMHO.   […]

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Black Friday / Cyber Monday Discounts for Builders & Makers

Hackaday has a great list of links on whats available for black Friday & Cyber Monday. I found this a great deal – Autodesk has an offer for 2 years of Fusion360 for only $60/yr! My local 3D printer manufacturer, Printrbot, has a 10% off everything offer on…everything. Post below if you find other deals for the […]

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Data Logging in the Cloud

I’ve been working on a project which requires data logging from a mobile device over several days. I came across a neat site which supports simple uploading and view/export of data, from numerous sources. It’s called thingspeak.com.  Once you have data loaded into a channel, there an excellent tool which supports the execution of Matlab […]

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95% QE SCMOS vs. EMCCD

In 2011, I reviewed the Andor Neo, one of the first scmos cameras commercially available. I ended my report with this statement, “…there is much life left in the good old frame transfer sensor…until someone cooks up a back thinned scmos…” Recently, back thinned scmos camera have come to market, and Kurt Thorne at the […]

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Microscope Objective Zemax Files

While I haven’t had a chance to test these for accuracy, I was excited to find them while looking for some tube lens specs! You can find the file set here. These designs include some of the common infinity corrected objectives, as well as tube lenses, from every major microscope manufacturer.    

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