Aurox Unity

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Complete confocal microscope for live cell imaging

Introducing the Aurox Unity, a new breed of user friendly bench-top laser-free confocal bringing affordable high speed, high resolution imaging to your laboratory.

Flexible and adaptable

Long time-lapse experiments

Long time-lapse experiments

Time-lapse is easy with Unity.

Simply define your region of interest.

Then it’s:

  • One tap and a drag sets the timelapse duration, and
  • Tap and drag again to set the time-lapse interval.
Unity for live-cell imaging

With its go anywhere design and integrated vibration dampening, Unity is ideal for use in the light and airy open laboratory, being:

  • Compact and self contained;
  • Easy to use with minimal interaction;
  • Easy to move and locate;
  • Easy to maintain / clean;
  • Plug and play.
The CAT-3 ready Unity

The compact and fully integrated design of Unity makes it the ideal confocal microcope for use in the CAT-3 laboratory.

Unity is extremely easy to use with minimal interaction and it’s construction allows for the use of typical decontamination procedures.

Drag-out a tilescan area

Tap and hold, then drag out a wire frame over the desired tilescan area.

Unity does the rest.


Define the Z stack range

Define the Z-stack range

Spin the focus Z wheel up and down and tap to mark the top and bottom of the Z-stack.


Red, blue, green go!

1, 2 or 3 colour channels at a time

One tap each switches on or off the colour channels.

Set exposure times and brightness by dragging up or down on the respective colour chevrons.

Handy histograms help you achieve optimal settings.


See things clearly and blurry

Confocal or widefield at a tap

One tap and it’s all about confocal. Tap again and it’s widefield.

Adjusting the sectioning is just a tap!


Make new points of view

Multiple regions of interest

Add one or more regions of interest (ROI) to an experiment.

Choose a ROI, adjust the settings and swipe right to set a region of interest.

Repeat, as many times as you like.

At anytime, swipe down with two fingers to review and edit the set ROIs.

Plates, dishes and slides with Unity sample holders

Unity is supplied with three interchangeable sample holders allowing you to image all your samples, whether they are mounted in multi-well plates, petri-dishes or slides.

Each of the Unity sample holders has a retention system to hold the sample securely in the holder and a three point magnetic location system which connects to Unity’s XY stage on loading. This system ensures the sample holder position is securely held throughout imaging experiments.

Unity's live cell capability

Unity’s red cased incubator sample stage provides heating and CO2 gas connections for sample environment control, allowing your live-cell samples to be maintained at 35-37 degrees Celsius and under CO2 for the duration of your longer term imaging experiments (external humidifier and CO2 mixer required).

Tap, drag and swipe with Unity’s IOS software

Unity iOS provides all the functionality required for the set-up, control and review of confocal and widefield imaging experiments in a quick and easy to use iPAD application.
Imaging is easy with Unity.

  • Tap
  • Drag
  • Swipe
Unity's iPad Pro

Unity comes complete with an iPad Pro tablet computer for full fingertip control.
The iPAD communicates directly with Unity over a dedicated and secure private wireless connection, issuing commands and visualising data saved on Unity’s built in image server.
For speed of data stream response, images are optimised for fast feedback and display on the iPAD. The full high resolution collected images are permanently stored on Unity’s internal server.
The iPAD works as a remote control, issuing commands and receiving feedback. All command actions are controlled by Unity’s internal control software and firmware.

Unity's choice of light

Our spinning disk confocal technology is upto 50% more light efficient than our competitors, meaning Lasers are not needed.
Instead, Unity uses a built in multi-spectral LED light source of high brightness and based on the CoolLED pE-300Ultra, making Unity:

  • Free from laser safety restrictions;
  • Low photo-toxicity;
  • Low photo-bleaching;
  • Low maintenance;
  • Low cost of ownership.
Unity's 2x4 megapixel scientific CMOS-based camera

At the heart of Unity is a custom designed large format and high performance sCMOS digital camera. Developed in collaboration with Ximea, the camera has been designed specifically for use in Unity and for confocal imaging experiments.

Unity’s camera has a novel design, consisting of two 2k x 2k scientific grade CMOS chips mounted side by side with shared electronics such that the two chips are pixel to pixel registered allowing Aurox’s patented approach to laser-free confocal imaging.

Unity uses the camera to record both confocal and widefield images in both the low magnification sample overview mode (large field of view of 4mm x 4mm) and also in the high magnification 4-100x mode for the imaging of high resolution Z-stacks.

Plug and Play

Designed for the laboratory bench-top, Unity is extremely compact and self-contained, weighing less than 25 Kg. Gone are the tangle of cables found on other confocal systems. Unity requires a single power cable and has rear ports for the connection of a CO2 supply. Unity can be networked wirelessly, but it also has a wired network connection and multiple USB-3 / USB-c ports if required.

Unity's CPU and image server

Unity does more than just collect high quality confocal imaging data. Unity also stores your data on 2x 2Tb SSD integrated servers and makes your data accessible to you, wherever you are over a secure network.

Unity's patented optical path

The patented optical path is central to the design of Unity and its enabling technology. It allows sample imaging from both above and below the sample, providing confocal and widefield imaging whilst maintaining an extremely compact size.

Scroll through the images to see this in action.

Key specificationsUnity
Confocality0.6 μm (FWHM) with 1.4 N.A oil objective
Disk1 sector structured illumination disk.
Minimum exposure20 ms
Maximum frame rateUp to 40 fps (1 colour)
Up to 13 fps (3-colours)
Imaging channels3 integrated filter channels, DAPI, FITC, TRITC.
Channel switchingInstantaneous.
DetectorIntegrated sCMOS 2x (2048 x 2048), 6.5 µm pixels.
Excitation range370 - 700 nm
Emission range410 - 750 nm