Question: Replicating IBM's Lensless, Holographic, RPi Microscope?

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by wln215 | December 09, 2019 23:58 | #21709

Taken from conference paper

Hi all,

I was scouring through papers for my spectrometer, when I ran into this conference paper from IBM where they make a holographic microscope capable of resolving plankton and reconstructing the image using some python software. I found this question on the forums here, but the thread goes cold.

Seeing as how this microscope has an almost identical BOM with my spectrometer (mainly a lensless picamera, and a lensless laser pointer, both of which I have lying around) how easy would this be to replicate (albeit without the AI part)? Could this have potential as open hardware for water sampling? IBM doesn't seem to have much documentation other than the conference paper, if anyone has any more information or ideas, sharing them would be much appreciated.

IBM links:


Hi @amirberAgain , this post's author links to one of your research notes, and I'm wondering if you'd take a look at not only this question but their other notes as well as they may be of interest: 😃 🤓

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Hi @wln215! If you're still looking for more info on the holographic microscope, one of the authors on the paper you referenced, Tom Zimmerman, has a recent build video here: Microscope Kit V3.

And, a growing github here.

Per Tom's request: "This material is based upon work supported by the NSF under Grant No. DBI-1548297. Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."


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