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Photo: PLOTS
Participation fee $0
Expenses $60
Spend the time indoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids no
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

A point and shoot camera (currently many people like using the Canon A495 that costs about $54), a jewelers screwdrive ($2 from Ace hardware), exposed film negatives and a piece of duct tape.


Public Laboratory Infrared Camera


Develop, apply open-source tools to environmental exploration
Incorporate this DIY infrared camera into your research.

Infrared photography can help in assessing plant health, and has been used on satellites and planes for agricultural and ecological assessment primarily by vineyards, large farms and large-scale (read: expensive) research projects. By creating and open-sourcing a low-cost near-infrared camera and working with wetlands advocates, farmers and environmental activists, the Public Lab community has begun to explore grassroots uses for this powerful analytic technique.




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