Hologram of a Cell undergoing mitosis
The concept of a hologram projector may sound quite complex, but using some simple optical principles (which I won’t get into in this blog), we can make one with the following supplies:
- Tablet or cell phone (I tried it with both an iPhone and an iPad)
- Clear plastic (you could use the clear plastic from a CD case cover)
- Graph paper
- Box cutter knife
- One of your coolest Fluorescence Microscopy images
- Photo editing software
Cytation 5 images that was acquired by BioTek’s Applications lab and converted it with Photoshop, as shown below.
Once the above image was created, I loaded it onto my iPad.
Now that steps 1, 2, and 3 are done, all that is needed is to put everything together to use.
Place your iPad on a flat surface and load the image that you created in Photoshop onto your ipad. Next, place the 4 sided clear plastic contraption (let’s call it the “holographic projector”) directly on top of the iPad in the center of the image with the small opening down, as shown below.
Below is one more example of an image viewed with this hologram projector. If you’ve gotten this far and want to have even more fun with this device, search on Youtube for “hologram” or “holographic” videos; there are numerous results of videos that can be used with this device that give you an even more spectacular viewing experience. However, sadly, there are no videos with fluorescently labeled cells (which I guess gives me opportunity for a follow up blog post).
By: BioTek Instruments, Caleb Foster, Product Manager, Development