One microscope at Hackuarium is already equipped with a camera linked to a camera with a Raspberry Pi. Thus, the idea is to be able to use this camera in order to automatically take pictures of a whole slide for example. This would allow us to count cells on a slide for instance. For the beginning, we would like to have the x and y directions automated, but our setup can be improved to also automate the z direction (focus).
We will implement the automatic stage on our Zeiss Axiolab E re. This microscope is an upright microscope.
The microscope possesses two weels to move the stage in the x and y direction, and two others to focus the sample (z direction).
The first goal of our automatic stage is to be able to move automatically the sample in the xy directions. To do so, two weels were 3D printed to be put around the original ones.