While working to create an electronic color sensor for our project, Shannon Molloy, a mechanical and electrical engineering student from Wentworth Institute of Technology, developed a convenient way to hold filters in place while blocking the surrounding light from the sensor. Her "filter monocular" is a low cost, durable, and flexible tool that may be used in classrooms and science centers. Her work on the color sensor will be posted shortly.
Step 1: With a sharp knife, carefully cut an angular opening in the bottom of a plastic film canister. Notice that the opening extends over half of the bottom.
Step 2 : With a sharp knife, carefully cut a slot near the bottom of the canister that is parallel to the opening you cut on the bottom of the canister. Cut slightly past half the diameter of the cylinder.
Step 3 : Slide a gel filter into the slot, and you are ready.
Purple gel filters that may be used for detecting plant stress:
Substitute additional color filters to study the color of shadows, scattering of colors in the sky, looking at the health of skin, etc.
Also, dark blue filters help golfers find their golf balls that are in a field of flowers (rather than paying the retail $40 for a pair of glasses).
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