We've been working on a new prototype of the Pearl Blue Transilluminator. We want to make a brighter transilluminator with more even lighting. The original design uses an 8 x 8 LED array, 64 in total. The new design spreads out LEDs across the entire transilluminator. It has 251 blue LEDs, and the brightness is cranked up, as well. This should result in better gel images, with less background light from the LEDs. Many thanks to Dr. Ryan O'Hara at O'Hara RP for electronics design and using his robot army to build prototypes.
The size of the transilluminator is still the same, 4". It's designed to be awesome for smaller gels, and not take up more space than necessary on your lab bench. As with the current Pearl Blue Transilluminator, it uses the same patented technology as the Life Technologies' Safe Imager 2.0 (which costs $1300).
An Update on Everything Else:
In case we haven't stayed in contact since you got your Pearl Blue Transilluminator, I also wanted to let you know a little bit about other projects I've worked on.
Biohacker Lab: I co-founded BioCurious, the world’s first hackerspace for biotech in Sunnyvale, California. Amazing things are happening, including a 3D bio-printer project, discovering new natural antibiotics, and an iGEM team working engineering yeast to produce cow’s milk called Real Vegan Cheese.
OpenPCR machine: I also co-founded a company called OpenPCR, an open source PCR machine that anyone can build from a kit.
CES Design Award: At Scanadu in the NASA Ames Research Center in California I helped design the future of medical devices. The Scanadu SCOUT won “Best Innovation of 2013” in the Personal Electronics category at CES.
My degree is in biomedical engineering from Brown University, I graduated in 2008 and started designing new lab equipment right away.
Over the past 5 years, I've learned way too much about blue transilluminators and gel imaging. Ask me your toughest question!
Awesome Prototype Photos!
Close up of the board - 215 Blue LEDs!
Close up of the board design
Board design profile