Public Lab DIY Spectrometry Kit
By: Jeffrey Yoo Warren
Pledged: $110,538 of $10,000 goal
Funded: Oct. 5, 2012
A part of the Public Laboratory for Open Technologies and Science, this campaign has found a way to make spectrometer, which helps identify different substances by shining light through them, for a fraction of its normal cost. “We imagine a kind of “SHAZAM for materials” which can help to investigate chemical spills, diagnose crop diseases, identify contaminants in household products, and even analyze olive oil, coffee, and homebrew beer,” the researchers wrote on the kickstarter page. It made more than 10 times its funding goal and has been working to try and perfect the technology. It also has two kits available, for $40 or for $10 on its website.