The Public Lab Store Starter kits for DIY environmental science

Foldable Mini-Spectrometer

As seen and available at the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Hall of Science, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)


The Public Lab Foldable Mini-Spectrometer folds up in minutes to transform your smartphone into a compact, simple, yet powerful experimental tool -- a visible/near-infrared spectrometer, also known as a spectroscope or spectrophotometer. 

This kit comes die-cut from thick, light-blocking black card stock and includes a DVD (used as a diffraction grating), a custom fit collimation slit, along with complete instructions for assembly (and downloadable design files), attachment to your phone or webcam, and calibration to take and share accurate spectra through Spectral Workbench. Just add glue or tape!

For a more rigid, robust tool, try the Desktop Spectrometry Kit, which plugs into your computer with a USB cable, or the Smartphone Spectrometer, which is made from rigid, injection-molded plastic (perfect for carrying around in your backpack!).

Please allow 2 weeks for shipping. All Public Lab content is CC-BY-SA and CERN OHL 1.1

New Issue of Grassroots Mapping Forum: The Land Management Issue

Now in stock, the latest issue of our newsletter, featuring:
  • * Planet Leaffest
  • * Gardening Toolkit Case Study
  • * PhotoSynq
  • * Farm Hack
  • * Using ImageJ software to calibrate NDVI infrared images

Includes two stunning spherical panoramic kite photos of Leaffest by @cfastie

Usually $5, we're offering the new issue at an experimental price of $1 plus shipping.

Event Packs

Do you have an event planned and would like to introduce Public Lab to your community? Order a $10 Event Pack with GMF and foldout maps!


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