Graphical Interface for Biotech Application to Control Optical Traps Through a Microscope

Design Graphical User Interface for a complex system that integrates video from a high-powered microscope with configuration of a laser and holographic optical traps to allow scientists to manipulate cells and other nanoparticles under a microscope.

The Client

This biotechnology company develops and manufactures nanophotonics components. These products employ holographic lasers to steer at the microscopic and nanoscopic levels to improve manufacturing processes in multiple markets that depend on miniaturization. The company’s technology is a proprietary three-dimensional holographic laser tweezing platform that can be utilized as the key enabling component in an astounding number of applications. Many of these different applications have implementation methods specific to the applications' users or to their industry.

The Need

The client sought to build an interface between their technology and users in the biological and pharmaceutical areas that intuitively provided a direct pathway between users' goals and the technology's power. They needed software experts who are comfortable and effective at communicating with scientists and engineers, who understand the needs and requirements of a seamless user interface, and who are adept at project planning as well as rigorous project management.

The RightHand Solution

RightHand software engineers took on the task of building a custom Windows based Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the BioRyx™ 200 System. RightHand's experience in building custom Windows GUIs for other types of embedded devices was key in helping smooth the design and development process. The system interface integrates the manipulation of interactive graphical objects that are overlaid on real-time video and simultaneously coordinated with stored video. The manipulation of optical traps was made intuitive through the point and click interface designed by RightHand engineers. This integration of video and GUI overlays gives the user a unique experience in placing Holographic Optical Traps. By greatly simplifying and automating the previous command prompt interfaces that used special mathematics procedures, non-specialists can quickly learn to use the system.

The Results

The resulting user interface is easy-to-use and allows scientists, engineers and technicians to create a variety of infrared traps in real time. The features allow researchers in biology and nanotechnology to manipulate hundreds of microscopic objects, from blood and cancer cells to DNA and nanotube, independently in three dimensions. The simple user interface developed by RightHand Technologies opens the application to a broad array of users that would otherwise face a steep learning curve to use this optical trap technology in their work.