Mosquito applications document (members only)
The Mosquito Scientific Instrument System is brought to you by the same guys who made the Penguin fly!
Our core technology is a highly sensitive, optical fiber-based displacement/force transducer. At this moment, we integrate our transducer into sensors, and further into instruments used in physiology for the study of dynamic mechanical properties of animal tissues and cells.
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Micro and nano technology have recently opened the possibility for probing biomechanical properties of cells and their microenvironments. Cells process mechanical cues that in turn drive their functions, growth, differentiation, development, spatial migration, collective organization, etc. Our understanding of the microscopic biomechanical aspects of cells and organs is already coming to fruition, generating new disease and diagnostic paradigms. It is important to design new methods and instruments able to support the growing interdisciplinary work in this field, not only for fundamental scientific research, but also for clinical studies and diagnosis.
We propose an improved method for probing dynamic mechanical properties of biological systems. This method is based on a turnkey, high throughput and user-friendly system, at its core having an optical fiber-based force transducer. It is conceived to assist researchers and clinicians with minimal technical knowledge about its governing principles. The system can easily interface with other measurement methods. It greatly improves throughput of experimentation, it is easily adaptable for a great variety of samples, and it allows greater freedom for sample preparation and manipulation, as well as for the control of environmental conditions.
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See concept below. This prototype was designed and made by Tibi. It was shown as a demo during our presentation at the Canadian Space Agency.
This is a contact, optical fiber-based flow sensor. In other words, the transducer needs to be in contact with the fluid. It is capable of directly measuring speed.