Hi there OFM folk!
Hope everyone is doing well these days.
I am not sure if this would be better suited for any other topic section in the forum so please feel free to move it or to point me in the right direction…
As the thread title says, we (currently Filip Janiak and me, at the University of Sussex) are re-visiting the substage part of 2 photon microscopes, in hopes to make them more efficient, customisable, affordable and of course, Open Source.
In our current design, we are using a delta stage to hold and position our sample. The stage will be connected to the substage part of the collection path and we would like to hook up the control part of the stage to software used by a lot of users in our field. Namely, ScanImage (this is not completely open, nor it would be my first choice, but we are trying to make the integration as seamless as possible for users).
We tested some things already using a motorised version of the stage connected to the “standard” drivers of the recommended motors connected to an Arduino Nano, and issuing commands over the serial port using the Arduino IDE.
Now, we would like to move on to integrating things, which leads me to the following questions:
- What is the current stable/mature version of the Sangaboard? v0.3 or v0.4?
- Assuming control of the board works by sending serial commands to it, what would you recommend for integration with 3rd party software? Should we get a RPi, connect it to the Sangaboard and then use ScanImage to interact with the Pi? or a simple connection between the Sangaboard to ScanImage would be the most straightforward way to do things?
Thanks! and sorry for the long post!