The Gigapixel Micro Imager is designed for imaging complete subjects with microscopic detail and depth of field. The Imager provides everything necessary to complete the imaging process including the necessary robotics for precise positioning of the subject, integrated camera and lighting system, automated image capture tools, image processing software, and online tools for viewing, analysis, and sharing of the resulting imagery. The system is designed to be easily used and requires minimal oversight and effort to image the subjects.
The prototype rig shown below was developed and fabricated by Four Chambers Studio / Gene Cooper. Special thanks to Scott Vannote, Alison Hunter, and Rik Littlefield. The current prototype utilizes the base motion control infrastructure provided by the Probotix Fireball V90 CNC System. Special thanks Len Shelton and Probotix for their engineering support!
Specifications of the current prototype (v4):
There are a number of instrument designs that could be used. This design is particularly appealing to us since it can accommodate a very wide variety of subjects and can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of specific research. In particular, subjects that are difficult to image due to have a high weight, fragility, and immobility. These might include fossils that are still in situ, heavy or bulky geology samples, live plants which cannot be put under a microscope, subjects that are vertical (rig can be tilted at 90 degrees), etc.
We welcome your feedback and input as we continue to refine the prototypes and accommodate very specific imaging needs. Contact Gene Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.