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 - The Mosquito project

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The Mosquito is a force/displacement sensor device. The aim of the project is to productize the Mosquito and to develop other applications for it. 

The Mosquito is being commercialized by Tactus Scientific.

Moving the Mosquito to market (coordination doc) members
Mosquito hardware manual - members only


Different Mosquito sensor designs/prototypes


Academic network around this project

Short-term goals

Long-term goals

Design and build a hand-held Mosquito, entirely open hardware, driven by open software.


  • Mosquito Scientific System at Montreal Heart Institute
    • Characterize the Mosquito Scientific System (already in progress at Montreal Heart Institute)
    • Get at least a technical publication out
    • Get some data in physiology 
  • Deploy the LED Mosquito as scientific instrument and educational tool


  • Active Members
  • Partners: Optech Montreal, Sabah Hussein (Royal Victoria, McGill University), Maksim Skorobogatiy (Plytechnique de Montreal)


Revenue will be generated by selling the Mosquito through one of our exchange firm Tactus Scientific
  • All members involved in design and prototyping of the Mosquito will be compensated from the income generated by sales, in proportion with their involvement. Any future improvement of the Mosquito will be accounted for. 
  • Members involved in the manufacturing process will get compensated according to the amount of time they put in.
  • Members involved on marketing and branding will also get a cut of sells. 
  • A cut is also allocated to members operating in the social space, helping our community to grow and improving the image of our community, and to members working on SENSORICA's infrastructure.


Tools, activities, and processes

Skills and resources needed

Electrical engineers to improve the Mosquito electronics
Mechanical engineers to package the Mosquito
Photonics improve the optical layout and optical fiber transducer sensitivity. 

You can also contribute financially to reduce the burden on materials. Contact us through our mailing list if you want to take initiative.  

Contact us if you want to contribute!

3D model done by Daniel. All these parts are already designed and prototyped


Mosquito LD announcements

  • New push on the Mosquito SS4
    Posted Jun 17, 2014, 4:20 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Testing the SS4 Mosquito and comparison with previous versions
    Posted Apr 10, 2014, 11:06 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Building the SS4 Mosquito Photonic and electronic designLinksopen parts info documentphoto album
    Posted Mar 9, 2014, 5:21 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Mosquito SS4 prototype under way New parts have been ordered from OZ Optics for a new Mosquito design. The goal is to reduce feedback into the laser, which renders the laser unstable. For more on the problem open this document. Francois, Tibi and Jonathan have been very instrumental in this new effort.  Optical Layout open parts info documentopen parts photosElectronics The electronics for this new Mosquito has been redesigned to include a reference signal. A first design has been completed and and a first prototype has been built. It is currently being tested. Frederic D. is working on it - see below. We have discussed 2 options: use the monitor PD in the LD split the laser output in 2, and use a small ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2014, 5:21 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Laser Driver Follow new development on the laser driver - open document. We are shrinking the electronics of the Mosquito to fit into a shot-glass.  PCB of the driverFirst version of this driver made by Frederic
    Posted Mar 9, 2014, 5:24 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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Announcements from Philippe's project

  • The Mosquito measures muscle contraction During the night between Jan 28 and 29 Ivan, Tibi and Daniel obtained the first biological results with the Mosquito Scientific Instrument at Phil's lab. They used the Mosquito ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2013, 6:44 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Activation and Relaxation of skinned muscles Fresh results obtained by Ivan and James at Phil's lab. You can see activation and relaxation of a small bundle of skinned muscle cells (their membrane have been digested ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2013, 11:29 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Electrical stimulation of sample, we're building understanding This week we made some progress at Phil's lab. I remind you that the end goal is to characterize the Mosquito and to obtain some meaningful results on animal ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2012, 2:07 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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Announcements - Microfiber transducer

  • Microfiber transducer tests with the Mosquito LED 850nm First results with the mifrofiber transducer. 
    Posted Jun 17, 2013, 11:46 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Systematic fabrication of microfiber transducers for testing Tibi fabricated 5 microfiber transducers to be tested at Phil's. This is in response to the "Why we should explore microfiber transducers" post.  Optical fiber preparationWe used Infinicor300 ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2013, 11:43 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Why we should explore microfiber transducers Our recent results with the joint-type transducer and the constriction transducer tell us that in order to reach cellular level sensitivity we need to explore microfibers. 
    Posted Mar 9, 2014, 5:26 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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Announcements for the joint-type transducer

  • PDMS-based joint for PMMA fiber
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 3:42 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Testing of the convex delivery exit with flat mirror joint-type transducer Today, Tibi created a setup to test the convex delivery exit with flat mirror joint-type transducer. A 1550nm Mosquito (with Chinese parts: LD+isolator, PD and a 50/50 ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2013, 5:49 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Transducer fabrication device Work is being done on the joint-type transducer fabrication device. Tibi, Ivan and Daniel are collaborating on this. We are still working on a prototype device, to learn what ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2012, 8:06 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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Announcements for the constriction transducer

  • Glass fiber constriction studies using the LED 850nm Mosquito Open to editOpen to edit
    Posted May 10, 2013, 5:14 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Constriction transducer from PMMA fiber Today, Joel continued the work on the PMMA fiber constriction device. He completed and tested the oven containing an omega-shaped nikel-chromium alloy wire. Previously, Joel wrote the manual ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2013, 1:16 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Constriction transducers reach the sensitivity of the joint-type Last week Tibi made a few constriction transducers using the fiber splicer, which are as sensitive as the joint-type. Two of them were brought to Phil's lab, and ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2013, 10:10 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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Announcements for the intrinsec transducer

  • Paper - Photonic bandgap Bragg fiber sensors for bending/displacement detection SENSORICA members in collaboration with Maksim Skorobogatiy and Hang Qu, from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.
    Posted Aug 30, 2013, 9:50 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Zemax simulation of MM fiber bending loss Recently, Hang Qu used Zemax to simulate the fiber bending sensor based on a regular multimode fiber. Here are some of his conclusions: Zemax is capable to simulate the bending ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2013, 10:34 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • First results with the bragg fiber Hang, working from his lab at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, obtained the first conclusive results for the intrinsic bend-sensitive optical fiber. This optical fiber has immediate applications in ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2013, 7:41 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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Mosquito tested on real muscle samples

Transducer stiffness calibration

Pics from a work party

First prototype