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MicrobeScope combines your iPhone with a microscope


March 21, 2014

The MicrobeScope is a mini microscope designed for use with the iPhone

The MicrobeScope is a mini microscope designed for use with the iPhone

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We've seen devices that let you attach your smartphone to a microscope, but they require you to have access to a microscope in the first place. What if you don't? Well, that's where the MicrobeScope comes in. It's a portable 800x microscope that works with newer iPhones – or just with the naked eye.

The MicrobeScope doesn't use glass slides like a regular microscope. Instead, users place samples directly on its illuminated stage. Its LED light source is powered by two AAA batteries.

It also lacks any adjustment knobs – it has a fixed-focus lens, and just the one level of magnification. Needless to say, it might not become standard equipment in any science labs, but could be a lot of fun for kids or curious-minded adults.

The user's iPhone (4s or higher) sits on a platform above the microscope, which keeps the phone's camera lens aligned with the eyepiece. Users then just start snapping stills or recording video of bacteria, pollen, algae, or whatever else is on tap.

Washington state-based 4D Optical is now raising production funds for the MicrobeScope, on Kickstarter. At the present time, a pledge of US$115 will get you one, when and if they're ready to go.

If you're interested in shopping around, some (sort of) similar products include the Mini Microscope for iPhone and the ProScope Micro Mobile – although they top out at 60x and 80x magnification, respectively.

You can see a demo of the MicrobeScope in the pitch video below.

Source: Kickstarter

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth
1 Comment

That is really, really, really cool. The portability and compactness is a big plus, along with being able to take photos with your phone or simply just look with your eye - hope this thing managed to break into the market soon!

Richard Auchus
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