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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Introducing the Nothing Labs Electronic Cloud Chamber

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Cloud chambers let you see paths left by ionizing radioactive particles. Traces appear as the particles ionize super-cooled alcohol vapor - causing it to precipitate.

Most cloud chambers require messy / inconvenient dry ice or other external cooling. They also need extended periods of time to reach operating temperature.

The Nothing Labs Electronic Cloud Chamber uses a thermoelectric ("Peltier") / air cooling system to quickly chill its surface plate to -30 Fahrenheit without dry ice.

As far as I can tell - this is the first cloud chamber design that uses electronic / peltier cooling which doesn't need external secondary cooling (like cold water).

I came up with this cloud chamber in early 2010 - and promptly published most of my findings online.

So - if your idea of a fun weekend involves thermal paste and heatsinks - check out the Instructable.

Otherwise - I'll build you a really nice looking one for a small fee.

A short history of Nothing Labs

I registered about 3 years ago with the intent of morphing my translational drift project into some kind of flying toy.

In a more general sense - I wanted to somehow brand myself with something other than my circa-2002 now obsolete totally awesome anti-spam program - SpamButcher.

I never quite completed development of the flying toy. It did take off - but someone beat me to market with an actual product (hey WowWee - if you want to make that thing actually work well - drop me a line...).

Since then I've rebranded my various projects under Nothing Labs - but haven't come out with an actual hardware product - until now...

Introducing the Nothing Labs Electronic Cloud Chamber.