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Towards an Intuitive and Remotely Accessible Control System for Commercial Nanomanipulators Nanomanipulators are high-precision positioning instruments used in conjunction withhigh magnification optical and electron microscopes to interact with objects on the nanometerscale. Biomedical science can make use of such equipment to elucidate the behavior ofindividual living cells at the nanoscale. Many commercial nanomanipulator control systems anddevices are unintuitive and expensive, limiting potential students and new researchers fromgaining exposure to nanoscience. In this paper, we explore alternative instrumentation fornanomanipulator control and seek a more familiar and intuitive control method for these devices.More intuitive control will decrease the time required for students and researchers to familiarizethemselves with a new system and lower the accessibility barrier. The control instrumentscompared herein include a commercial Eppendorf control unit, a third-party joystick, a computermouse, and a drawing tablet. To compare the devices, users perform tasks with each controldevice while the accuracy is quantified and the user experience is surveyed. Additionally, geographical and financial limitations prevent students and researches fromutilizing nanomanipulators. To overcome these limitations, the graphical user interface (GUI)developed to interface with the compared instrumentation has a networking component thatenables users to access the manipulator from remote locations. The GUI consists of a freesoftware package that runs on most personal computers and allows the user to performmanipulations under an optical microscope with real-time visual feedback. The networkingcomponent and intuitive instrumentation will facilitate access to nanoscience for students andresearchers around the world, enriching educational experiences and the opportunity for furtherresearch in the field of nanoscience.
Dunn, R. M., & Schrlau, M. G. (2015, June), Towards an Intuitive and Remotely Accessible Control System for Commercial Nanomanipulators Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24929
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