The headband just needs -acrylic-laser cutter -Rubber band
-(optional) Eva Foam or Self-Adhesive weather stripping (for forehead comfort)
For the face shield, ideally you have thin sheets of PET that you can laser cut as well, but if you don’t you can use A4 transparency sheets (like we will be) or a sliced up 3 Liter soda bottle (like we also use). The key advantages of this design are
SPEED- Each takes only about 5 minutes to cut, and maybe 8 minutes total to make (compared to 1.5 hours for a 3D print), plus you can nest them to use less material!
USE of LIMITED MATERIALS -The headbands can be cut out of Acrylic, PET, or most other plastic sheets you might have (could possibly use wood and MDF, but might be harder to sanitize)
-Can attach different types of simple or disposable face shields like A4 transparency sheets or 3 Liter soda bottles
There are plenty of other designs out there that may be nicer or fancier or might make sense if you have a fleet of 3D printers instead of a laser cutter. Figure out what works best with the materials you have. Here in Panama most of the stores except grocery stores are shut down, so most of these materials you can find at the Super 99 grocery store (e.g. EVA foam and Plastic sheets or soda bottles)
For the face shield, ideally you have thin sheets of PET that you can laser cut as well, but if you don’t you can use A4 transparency sheets (like we will be) or a sliced up 3Liter soda bottle (like we also use)
Valerie Milici is a PhD student at UCONN researching the interactions between fungus and roots in tropical saplings.
“I’m Valerie Milici, and I study how fungal diseases that attack baby trees are super important to diversity in the tropical forest. My work takes me from the forest where I make observations and collect field samples, to the greenhouse where I perform experiments, to the lab where I grow up fungal cultures and test to see if they are the diseases attacking seedlings. I love the variation in what I do and how I need to use field skills and lab skills to answer my questions. ”
Dr. Eran Amichai joined us at Dinalab this January-February. His research is about the sensory role of whiskers in nectivorous bats’ hovering flight. Neotropical nectar-eating bats hover in front of flowers similar to hummingbirds, to feed on the nectar inside while providing pollinating services to the plant. In this project, I investigate the role of the unique arrangement of whiskers these species have, which I hypothesize provide tactile information to the bat about its exact positioning within the flower.
Send a message of love via our leafcutter friends! From now until Feb 7, you can place an order with us for $14 per word. We will send you a collection of videos of the ants carrying your words that you can give to whomever you want!
Proceeds help subsidize our scholarships for our local art+science residency program!
Pay via the following options and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , and we will start filming yours!
if the ants are uncooperative, or we don’t have time to get to yours we will send you a refund!
A while ago, I crocheted a túngara, a frog I hear a lot during the wet season in Panamá. I wanted to have my model make the distinctive túngara call, which sounds like a video game sound effect, but I didn’t know how. For Christmas, Andrew gave me a bunch of cool electronics that I can record on and embed in soft toys. He even loaded one with a recording of a túngara for me!
We opened the frog up and inserted the device.
Here’s a picture of a real túngara with its characteristic inflated dewlap.
I’m looking forward to making more noisy toys like this! Someone suggested a toucan, which should be fun.
Note: This post is by Kitty and is cross-posted over all my personal blog, wellreadpanda.com 🙂
We are happy to announce that applications are open for our new Art/Science/Tech residency program for 2020! Come be a Junglepunk!
The goal of Digital Naturalism Laboratories (DINALAB) is to provide a space with access to incredible natural ecosystems, digital tools, and prototyping equipment to explore new ways of interacting with other creatures. Our new residency program shares the opportunity to explore art, science, technology, and design for an extended period of time in the rainforest. Our lab is situated walking distance from the Panama Canal, the Soberanía Rainforest in Panamá, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Your Responsibilities and Costs: Unfortunately, we are a new, independent, unfunded lab, and cannot offer a stipend or travel support. We do, however, work hard everyday here at freelance jobs to subsidize your housing costs ourselves, and we even offer a couple scholarships. The basic residency’s costs and responsibilities are:
$110 fee per week
At least one documentation post sharing what you are working on publicly on the internet.
Lead one exhibition or open house workshop for the local public
Scholarships In 2020, we are happy to announce that we can offer :
3 Local Scholarships for Panamanians (no fees, and transportation from Panama city if needed)
1 International Scholarship (no fees, and transportation from the Airport if needed)
Applications have a priority deadline of January 10, and positions are filled on a rolling basis throughout 2020. Fill out our short form indicating your intentions for the residency and availability, and we will get back to you if you are selected to solidify your residency dates. If you are not selected, applications will reset in the next calendar year, and you will need to apply again.
Digital Naturalism Laboratories (Dinalab) is a jungle prototyping studio founded in 2019. Our lab is fully equipped with Laser Cutter, 3D printers, hand tools, textile tools, and more! The prototyping facility is located in the Soberanía Rainforest in Panama. Our goals are to:
Help field biologists build their own experimental tools
Help designers explore new interactions with nature
Discover new ways of experiencing the natural world
We are also keen on documentation and open-source dissemination of all knowledge in a variety of media! Whether you are a scientist, artist, designer, hacker, or anyone excited to explore nature and technology you will find something interesting at Dinalab.
Dinalab was established by Andrew Quitmeyer and Kathleen Kelly in 2019. They live and work in Dinalab while doing freelance jobs online to cover the costs of running the laboratory and hosting open workshops for local and visiting communities.
Rachel Page’s Bat Lab at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute has been hosting a monthly outreach “Bat Night” in gamboa Panama, for quite some time. DINALAB figured it was about time they had their own bat signal!
For our open-source 360 camera trap project, we wanted to evaluate the field and figure out what the most available and useful cameras to hack would be. We collected about 6 commercially available camera traps and evaluated them on their
In our qualitative order, here is a ranking of those cameras we have tested and the order we want to hack them:
Object Pixel Density (front)
Object Pixel Density (side)
Sensitivity to infrared
Ricoh Theta V
Ricoh Theta S
Basic Testing Procedure
Object Pixel Density
We took all of the cameras in a room with controlled lighting, and placed a colorful, standard-sized basketball exactly 2 meters away from each camera.
Two pictures were taken in two camera positions, one with a lens straight in front of the subject, one with the camera sideways (or upwards for the Zision). The object is positioned at 2 meter.
To test the cameras’ sensitivity to infrared light. We placed the same calibration object (the colorful basketball) at a distance of 2 meters, with the camera positioned between the subject and the light.
Xiaomi MADV (Mijia Sphere)
General Camera Details
Price $349 ($299 on sale)
Object Pixel Density + IR Sensitivity
The MadV has a resolution of 127*127 px when ball is in front of the camera and 133*133 px from side view. Its sensibility to infrared light is quite poor. With the target at a distance of 2 meter, it was not able to show anything.
with infrared light
Ricoh Theta V
Video Stitching Resolution
360 Stitched Video Format
Internal:3840 x 1920 at 29.97 fps (56 Mb/s MP4 via H.264) 1920 x 960 at 29.97 fps (16 Mb/s MP4 via H.264)
Still Image Resolution
JPEG: 14 Megapixel, 5376 x 2688 (2:1)
Number of Lenses
Camera per Lens
1-Chip 1/2.3″ CMOS
Optics per Lens
Minimum Focusing Distance
4.0″ / 10.2 cm
x Internal Flash Memory
1/25000 – 1/8 Second (Photo)1/25000 – 60 Seconds (Photo)1/25000 – 1/30 Second (Video)1/25000 – 1/30 Second (Streaming)
Photo ISO Range
100 – 1600 (Auto)64 – 3200 (Manual)
Video ISO Range
64 – 6400 (Auto)
The Ricoh Theta V showed a resolution of 100*100 px, no matter which position the camera was in.
Picture with infrared light.
Its sensibility to infrared light is the highest of all the cameras tested.
($379 on sale)
Samsung Gear 360 4K Spherical VR Camera
2 x 8.4 MP CMOS
2 x f/2.2 ultra-wide lenses
Max Video Resolution
360° Dual Lens: 4096 x 2048 at 24 fpsSingle Lens: 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps
Photo Capture Resolution
360° Dual Lens: Up to 15 MP (5472 x 2736)Single Lens: Up to 3 MP (2304 x 1296)
Up to 1600
Built-in stereo microphone
Up to 130 minutes in 2560 x 1280 resolution at 30 fps
1 x microSDXC card slot (supports up to 256 GB cards)
Supported Operating Systems
Android, iOS, Mac, Windows (360 Video Editor is not available for macOS computers)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz)
1 x USB 2.0 Type-C
with infrared light
The Samsung Gear has a resolution of 95*95 px when
positioned straight front of the ball, and 143*133 sideways. This camera shows
a high level of distortion at the latter position, and has a slightly lower
resolution compared to both Thetas.
proved somewhat sensible to infrared light, though noticeably less than that of
(though as of September 2019 price went up to $200)
Ricoh Theta S
Picture with infrared light
The Ricoh Theta S has, just as the Theta V, a resolution of 100*100 px for both sides. Its sensibility to infrared light was a bit less than that of the Theta V, but higher than that of the Samsung Gear.
Zision 360°Panoramic VR Full View
Picture with infrared light
Zision has a resolution of 166*166 px when positioned with its only lens facing
the subject directly, but the picture shows highly distorted when positioned
with the lens upwards.
sensibility to infrared light was poor, only a bit higher than that of the
Maginon View 360
50 euros (discount price)
Type of camera Full-spectrum camera for 360° spherical panoramas
Image sensor 2x 2MP CMOS sensor
Photo resolution 8 MP (4,000 x 2,000 | interpolated), 5 MB (3,200 x 1,600 | interpolated), 3 MP (2,592 x 1,296)
Video resolution 2.048 x 1.024 (30fps)
Lens 2x 210° super wide-angle lens
Aperture F = 2.0 | Focal length f: 0.88 mm
Recording time Up to 120 minutes with fully charged battery (without WiFi, 2048 x 1024 / 30fps)
Memory MicroSD card up to 32 GB (min. class 10 or faster)
Connections Micro USB connection
Power supply 1,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions 137 x 45 x 14 mmWeight 83 g
with infrared light
Maginon has a resolution of 50*50, and showed
a bit of distortion when the camera is positioned sideways. Its sensibility to
infrared light was similar to that of the Zision.