Having done its service with honor for more than a year we had so say our goodbyes to one of only two working models of the original Scanbox prototype. Today we transitioned the two-photon microscope to the latest version of the Scanbox card. Some students and postdocs watched with much concern as cables were being pulled apart. One of them, who could not bear the spectacle, and wondered about the future of his experiments, decided to retreat to his office. In the end, however, everything worked as expected and everyone is now back in business.
The last working version of the original Scanbox prototype is now in a nice laboratory at Hopkins. I am sure our colleagues will take good care of it and provide a proper burial when time comes.