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DIYBio Barcelona was born after a brief meeting at Fab12. Our activity started at Made Makerspace on 2012, until we moved to Hangar on March 2016. Conexion directa con Nuria Conde

Lab-on-a-Case Circuit

1. Extract the sample and see it in the…


You can make a microscope out of a webcam. The basic idea is that, lenses in a webcam are normally designed to cover a large area and focus it into a small CCD sensor. By turning the lens, it creates a larger image of the small focused area. So, it can do the work of a microscope. It is only necessary to add a light source and to keep the sample well positioned and in the focal area. To do so, a case is designed and built with 3D laser-cut pieces and a white LED source is added. Some designs have been proposed by hackteria and you can directly find them in their webpage.

More resources: Waag Society Biohack Academy Class 2 Classic Hackteria Styyyle!


There are cheap endoscopes already in the market. This provides a way to explore areas of the body for self-exploration or self-diagnostic. It is worth to mention that it is always advised to consult with your personal medical doctor before taking any important decision.


2. Inoculate your petri dish and store it in the incubator.


Cells and bacteria require stable temperature conditions in order to grow. To do so, many designs have been built. They require a sensor, a heating element to act as a source and a way to spread the heat. A peltier can be used as heating source so it can work as a heat source or as a cold source. A small fan is normally used to spread the heat, and isolation is also required. The control unit can be implemented in an Arduino, or as an alternative, there are cheap temperature controls on the Web (like this one) which include the temperature sensor. A heat resistance or a light bulb can be used as a heat source. The used fan was (here one) A 10x10 cm box was designed in and laser-cut in MDF (link to schematics here).

If it’s even necessary to control the humidity, there are humidity controls in the market ready to be employed. (this one)

Larger incubators can be found in: BioDesign incu Hackteria DIY Incu Pelling Lab CO2 Incu

Advanced boxology y Mobile Kits

Re-ocurring biohacking architectures

Along the years, biohackers alike have been working on exploring / building / opening / "making" (you name it) laboratories in all kinds of unorthodox contexts. Much of this work has emerged as a challenge to the fixed meaning of the term "laboratory" in the modern history of science, as opposed to its more flexible meaning throughout the earlier history of science and technology.

In early science, the home was often where the laboratory art was pursued, in close juxtaposition to other aspects of ordinary domestic life. William Thomson himself hints at this in suggesting that Archimedes used his bathroom to study the laws of hydrostatics. Similarly, the kitchen that, since the Renaissance, has been most closely linked with the laboratory. As Bruno Latour reminds us, a few years later, in 1865, Claude Bernard presented work in a physiological laboratory as being akin to passage through a “long and ghastly kitchen.” (Goodey, 2008). Far from being self-evidently a place “set apart” for artificial experimenting on the natural world (a narrowly twentieth-century vision of the laboratory), it could be part of the natural world and indeed, nonmetaphorically, the very means for productively elaborating organic life (Kohler, 2002).

In line with this, we

Here are some example that inspire us and which we find can/should inspire you!

  • Mobile Labs Hackteria
  • Digital Naturalism
  • BentoLab
  • Hackbases