Kits Initiative

## How the Public Lab Kits Initiative is Responding to COVID-19 The Public Lab Kits Initiative exists for many reasons but, above all, we exist to serve our community by getting tools into the hands of those who need them. We wanted to take a moment to provide an update on how COVID-19 has affected our operations and what changes you can expect in the near future. As we move through this time of uncertainty, the health and safety of our team is a top priority. As you may have previously seen, our fulfillment was temporarily suspended. Our New Orleans-based staff is working from home, and will continue to do so until we determine that returning to our physical office is in line with public health recommendations. However, we have been able to begin fulfilling some of our kits again. Here’s what you can expect from us: - We will have a limited range of products available. These include: - [Papercraft Spectrometers]( - [DIY Infragram Filters]( - [Infragram Pi Cameras]( - [Raspberry Pi Cameras]( - [Gift Cards](,article,page&q=gift) - We’re moving to no-contact shipping, which means you’ll see a change in available shipping services. - We will only ship orders out one day per week to encourage physical distancing. While we cannot guarantee shipping dates at this time, you may see a delay of up to five business days between when you place your order and when it ships. - We will continue to ship around the world, where permitted. We will continue to update our community as the situation progresses and we appreciate your support of Public Lab. During this time of physical distancing, we want to invite all Public Lab community members to take part in our virtual community spaces, such as weekly [Open Calls]( and our live builds coming soon. Follow us on [Facebook]( or [Twitter]( for the most up-to-date community news and events. For the most up to date information and guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak, -The Public Lab Kits Team --- Public Lab works to "level the data playing field,” making it possible for people to issue rigorously collected, high-quality, local environmental datasets for use alongside government data for verification and advocacy. We do this by building curriculum, hardware, and software; providing space for research and development; and bringing tools to maturity, making them field ready. **The Kits Initiative is part of this effort.** The Kits Initiative creates, assembles, and distributes kits from the open research designs of the Public Lab community to foster and develop the reach of open, accessible science, by **placing tools in the hands of those that need them**. The main goal of the program is to support the scaling up of development and production of kits to enable thousands more people to produce their own environmental data and continue to shape these technologies. The Kits Initiative helps distribute our community's kits around the world through the Public Lab Store, where revenue directly supports the Public Lab nonprofit: Visit the Public Lab Store site   or see Methods on this site Schools, teachers, and institutions can contact for details on reduced shipping costs and bulk orders. **** ## Community Kits Our **Community Kits** program is designed to support the creation of new tools, kits and resources by inviting designers, developers, researchers, tinkerers, community organizers, inventors (and anyone else who is interested) to consider working with the [Public Lab Kits Initiative]( to develop, produce and distribute your open source research tools! Over the next few months we'll be working with a handful of people to source new **affordable, DIY, open source environmental monitoring kits** in our store: expanding resources and opportunities to help people get involved with community science. We have built the infrastructure to help connect environmental research kits to communities who need them, and we'd love to partner with you to help put tools in the hands of even more people. > [Read more about our Community Kits program here](/notes/bronwen/12-06-2017/develop-community-kits-with-public-lab) > Read [what you need to participate here](/notes/bronwen/02-02-2018/community-kits-prerequisites-checklist) Working through the open process allows for helpful feedback, quick design iteration, and sharing of ideas. Additionally, incubating with us provides access to the Public Lab brand, customer base, and production/distribution infrastructure. Public Lab Kits Initiative staff provide necessary support for kit distribution, including promotion of the tool in our online store, organizing payments, and shipping. ## Questions about Community Kits [questions:community-kits] Through our hosting program, we seek to help develop new and novel kits, guides, and curriculum to engage over 10,000 participants in production of their own civic data. In doing so, we seek to add to a growing catalog of innovative tools, with an ever-broadening reach and accessibility. **** ## General Kits Questions About sourcing, troubleshooting, etc! [questions:kits] **** [![IMG_20170610_174338_397.jpg](]( ## Prototyping kits Prototyping Kits offered by the Public Lab Kits Initiative are in-development kits which we send out for people to help prototype and experiment with, in order to refine and improve. These help support the development of new techniques for monitoring environmental problems. We call these **Prototyping Kits** and they come with a list of challenges and problems to solve. [Read more about Prototyping Kits](/prototyping-kits) **** ## History Since 2012 Public Lab has been developing low cost, open source and user-modifiable kits. By providing low cost accessible kits to the public, we seek to support a growing number of communities in creating a collaborative network of practitioners generating knowledge and data about environmental health. Since 2013 Public Lab kits have been shipped to over 71 different countries and connected thousands of community members. **** ### Contact us The Public Lab Kits Initiative is a part of the [Public Lab Nonprofit](/about) which distributes open hardware kits to support the Public Lab community. The Kits Initiative is based out of Public Lab's Providence, Rhode Island office. To reach the Kits Initiative team, email For help with orders placed, please email or call us between 9am and 5pm EST at 503-902-5874 **** ## Kits resources In the spirit of open source, here are a lot of the docs and files we use for the everyday running of the Kits initiative: * [Kits Docs](/wiki/kits-docs) * [Kits Artwork](/wiki/kits-artwork) ...

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patcoyle "Thanks Jeff, good slides. " | Read more » over 9 years ago
liz "Fantastic! " | Read more » almost 10 years ago
patcoyle "Excellent, real attention grabber with potential to invite conversations. " | Read more » almost 10 years ago
cfastie "Mat, Can I ignore the red wire on the Sanm plug? The number 5 one labeled SWELD Ground? Or should I connect it to the wirey stuff surrounding the f..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
mathew "Oh yeah, board shows up in Ubuntu, Windows 7 & 8 according to my quick samping of 3 random laptops around my coworking space. " | Read more » about 10 years ago
warren "Great find on the angled extrusion too! " | Read more » about 10 years ago
warren "Can you upload one more image with the camera at 57 degrees? Just to be sure. Also, let's ping the list, as Dave Stoft, Tom H, and Chris F may hav..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
mathew "for attaching inside the case, I think this 57 degree extruded styrene from TP extrusions (part #TP 1906) would be almost exactly the right thing, ..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
mathew "Jeff, CameraControl works, but its a little buggy. The good news is that turning off auto exposure works perfectly. But... turning white balance ..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
mathew "Sonofaquark, the first link at the top of the post is the buy link, it was ~$14 and took about 2.5 weeks to arrive." | Read more » about 10 years ago
warren "Yeah, on the SYBA you have to refocus to ~9" anyways. Mathew -- on this one, we could presumably ask for a custom focus too, no? That would be inc..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
cversek "Cute little webcam. I'm assuming this has an MJPEG encoder onboard, otherwise it would monopolize the netbook's USB...unless they use a separate c..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
sonofaquark "figuring in the shipping time, i looked into ordering one but couldn't find the info. Did you get yours as a sample or can i buy one to play with? " | Read more » about 10 years ago
warren "there's some lurking flipping bug which has really been chapping my caboose... chris is also complaining about it. After I get some plots alpha wor..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
mathew " " | Read more » about 10 years ago
mathew "Ok, this spectrum is completely messed up in its calibration and graph... spectral workbench at its finest, github issue documented... BUT it is a..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
warren "It is possible to do less downsampling. Hopefully this'll be part of hte Capture page refresh. Originally it wasn't a high priority since it was al..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
mathew "This was direct capture to the Sanm webcam through When I get home this evening I'll try a 1400x1600 capture and upload. I..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
cfastie "So was Mat streaming 1600x1200 which got downsampled at the browser to 640x480? And it is now possible to do less downsampling? And if downsamplin..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
cfastie "I think you understand. I didn't know that Live Capture downsamples, only that there are about 550 pixels between 400 and 700 nm in the Spectral W..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
cfastie "That's a really good spectrum, even though it looks a little dim. There are no overexposed peaks in any channel, but if the image had been brighter..." | Read more » about 10 years ago
warren "wow, looks spectacular. Can you post a full frame grab instead of a spectrum? Maybe the brightest point is not on the sampling line. Also, just to..." | Read more » about 10 years ago