Scientists in the US have developed their very own pair of rose-tinted spectacles by adapting Google Glass to measure the chlorophyll concentration of leaves.
Aydogan Ozcan and his research group at the University of California are passionate about creating new technologies through innovative, photonic methods and are well acquainted with the possibilities of wearable technology in scientific research. Chlorophyll concentration is a handy metric for monitoring plant health and the system devised by Ozcan’s team combines Google Glass with a custom made leaf holder and bespoke software to determine just that.
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Quantification of plant chlorophyll content using Google Glass
Bingen Cortazar, Hatice Ceylan Koydemir, Derek Tseng, Steve Feng and Aydogan Ozcan
Lab Chip, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4LC01279H, Paper