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Raspberry Pi Spectrometer

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This page collects efforts to develop a Raspberry Pi (#raspberry-pi) based spectrometer, building on Public Lab (and others') open source DIY spectrometer designs.

Design goals

The Raspberry Pi camera (especially the version 2 camera) is very sensitive and good resolution, very inexpensive (<$20), has very low baseline noise, and is extremely configurable.


You can now download ready-to-use camera software on our Pi Builder page.


Questions can be either frequently asked questions, or "next step" challenges we're looking to solve.

Title Author Updated Likes
Uploading images from raspberry pi. @cedarlodge about 1 year ago
normal or noIR camera? @iamben over 1 year ago
How do I trigger a photo on a Raspberry Pi camera using a button? @warren over 1 year ago
How can we set up a Raspberry Pi camera as an ethernet USB device to avoid using WiFi @warren over 1 year ago
How can we stream video to or from a Raspberry Pi camera? @warren over 1 year ago
How To Make Time Lapse Spectrometer @LightWaveResearch8000 almost 2 years ago
Can I upgrade a DIY spectrometer with a Raspberry Pi camera? @warren over 2 years ago
Getting the spectrometer to work with a Raspberry Pi? @anjohn12 about 3 years ago

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Activities show how to use this project, step by step.

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Assembling the Public Lab Lego Spectrometer - - @warren - - 1 replications: Try it »
Prepare an SD card for a Raspberry Pi camera from scratch - - @warren - - 1 replications: Try it »
1. Setting up the Raspberry Pi Camera for Wireless Streaming - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
A more compact spectrometer - - @cristoforetti - - 0 replications: Try it »
Image Sequencer on Raspberry PI - - @tech4gt - - 0 replications: Try it »

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