Product News: Viewpoint Laboratories to Bundle Dark Reader Transilluminators with New Polaroid Gel Camera systems

29 Jul 2014

Viewpoint Laboratories, LLC, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Clare Chemical Research, Inc., that enables Viewpoint Laboratories to sell Clare Chemical's Dark Reader blue LED transilluminator (model DR22A) in combination packages with Viewpoint's new Polaroid Z2300 Instant Print Digital Gel Camera Enclosure throughout the United States.

"We are very excited to now be in a position to offer these imager/transilluminator combination packages," said a spokesperson for Viewpoint Laboratories. "We believe these bundled packages will be of great value for life science teaching and research labs."

The products in the Polaroid Z2300 line include a high-resolution 5 megapixel CMOS sensor, saving to JPEG, USB 2.0 connectivity for transfering images to a computer for archiving and analysis, and instant printing on-board the camera itself onto adhesive-backed ZINK® Zero Ink® 2x3 inch premium photo paper.

"The combination of digital capture and instant printing right from the camera provides the best of both worlds," said the spokesperson. "The adhesive-backed prints are great for posting into lab notebooks. All our products include a starter pack of 10 sheets, and packs of 30 and 50 sheets are also available. Furthermore, the camera enables saving to JPEG and printing in both color and grayscale per the user's preference."

Viewpoint Laboratories also provides a Wi-Fi/16 GB upgrade option for their systems. "The Wi-Fi/16 GB upgrade is great because it not only expands the memory significantly, but it enables a Wi-Fi connection of up to three devices simultaneously," said the spokesperson. "Using a free third-party app, this enables image browsing and broadcast to as many as three mobile devices at the same time, which is perfect for lab groups as well as single users."

The Polaroid Z2300 Instant Print Digital Gel Camera Enclosure for Dark Reader was specifically designed to enclose the small DR22A blue LED transilluminator inside a mini-darkroom, yet allow the transilluminator to be easily removed for band cutting, etc. "This design is a neat little package that includes an integrated shelf for the amber screen that's included with the transilluminator, along with a patented hinge to reposition the camera for ergonomic image review" said the spokesperson. "The scientists at Clare Chemical worked with us to demonstrate that the combination of the Polaroid Z2300 camera and the Dark Reader is capable of as low as a 25 pg detection limit using some of the commercially available nucleic acid gel stains, which is wonderful, not to mention consistent with previous studies undertaken with the Dark Reader."