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Raspberry Pi Spectrometer

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This page collects efforts to develop a Raspberry Pi (#raspberry-pi) based spectrometer, building on Public Lab (and others') open source DIY spectrometer designs.

Design goals

The Raspberry Pi camera (especially the version 2 camera) is very sensitive and good resolution, very inexpensive (<$20), has very low baseline noise, and is extremely configurable.


You can now download ready-to-use camera software on our Pi Builder page.


Questions can be either frequently asked questions, or "next step" challenges we're looking to solve.

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
What is the spectral resolution of a Raspberry Pi camera spectrometer? @TC1994 about 4 years ago 4
What are easy and fast ways to get files off a Raspberry Pi? @warren over 4 years ago 3
Can't access pi camera in Spectral Workbench @lukemcpheters almost 5 years ago 4
Uploading images from raspberry pi. @cedarlodge about 6 years ago 12
normal or noIR camera? @iamben over 6 years ago 3
How do I trigger a photo on a Raspberry Pi camera using a button? @warren over 6 years ago 2
How can we set up a Raspberry Pi camera as an ethernet USB device to avoid using WiFi @warren over 6 years ago 5
How can we stream video to or from a Raspberry Pi camera? @warren over 6 years ago 2
How To Make Time Lapse Spectrometer @LightWaveResearch8000 over 6 years ago 2
Can I upgrade a DIY spectrometer with a Raspberry Pi camera? @warren over 7 years ago 10
Getting the spectrometer to work with a Raspberry Pi? @anjohn12 almost 8 years ago 6


Activities show how to use this project, step by step.

Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.