Development process                                                                        

It's a long way from an idea to the final product. Find out more about the development of xCell in this section.

Early 2013, after a development phase of about six month, Dr. Daniel Gilbert, creative director and initiator of the xCell project had managed to design & validate the first xCell model. For some time he had wondered whether it was possible to develop a cost-effective, easy to use and portable system, which is suitable for the examination of dynamic cell processes, to represent the whole life processes at many locations worldwide.

The prototype, made of LEGO ® bricks (Fig. 1) with the dimensions 6.3 x 6.3 x 6.3 inches, which he privately funded and developed exclusively in his spare time, proved that it is  indeed possible to develop a functional (see Fig. 2, 3) and portable time-lapse microscope with inexpensive materials from the consumer market (electronics and robotics specialist shops).



Now that the feasibility of his planhad been proven, he sat up the xCell project in June 2013.

The goal of the project was it to construct and apply a portable long-term microscope within max. 6 months having a budget of max. 2.060 $ (that’s one hundredth of the cost of conventional long-term microscope!) on disposal.

Dr. Gilbert and his project team, consisting of six undergraduate students of the field Life Science Engineering, divided the project into six sub-projects, which should all be finishedwith a bachelor thesis. The tasks of the sub-projects not only includedquestionsof biomedical research and engineering, but also areas of project management, marketing and public relations.

Literature: Preibisch S, Saalfeld S, Tomancak P. Globally optimal stitching of tiled 3D microscopic image acquisitions. Bioinformatics. 2009