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Download the Beams package: Beams-0.9rc5.tar.gz

Wheel package: Beams-0.9rc5-py2-none-any.whl (IMPORTANT! You might have to install some other things before this will work: see below.)

The camera

The first thing you need to run Beams is a camera. If you have a camera especially made for laser beams, then great. However, you can also use a regular webcam with Beams.

To do that, you need to pry the lens off the front of the webcam. This seems like a drastic step, but really, most webcams have a lens that you can snap back into place at any time. (Just don’t do it with the built-in camera in your laptop!)

Even if you can’t reattach the lens, if you’re going to do laser experiments, you might as well dedicate a cheap webcam to them. Once you’ve got the lens off, you should be able to see the CCD chip inside the camera. It’ll be greenish-gray and square. It’s important to prevent dust from getting on the CCD chip.

The software

There’s no nice one-click installer for Beams. I’m truly sorry that you have to go through some fuss to install it, and I would welcome suggestions on how to make a one-click installer for Windows especially. At some point, you will find the installer on this page.

Until then, the easiest way to install Beams is to use the Anaconda Python distribution. Here is what you do:


Linux / Mac

Running the program