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Testing the Smartphone Digital Microscope

March 10, 2014

Originally posted on Research & Collections:

Top view of the Smartphone microscope. The black thing is the rotating "stage" we added, essentially a tiny Lazy Susan.

Top view of the Smartphone microscope. The black thing is the rotating “stage” we added, essentially a tiny Lazy Susan. The phone lens goes over the hole with the brass tube around it.

Side view, digital Smartphone microscope. The bottom layer has three holes for stability.

Side view, digital Smartphone microscope. The bottom layer has three holes for stability.

The Digital Smartphone Microscope seemed like a really good idea. The video circulated last year. It looked like fun, which is of course the reason to do anything sciencey. If you clicky here you can watch the original video on YouTube.

I had a couple of middle school volunteers, Andrew and Daniel, working in my laboratory last semester. We took on building three Smartphone Digital Microscopes as a project. In short, it’s a couple of pieces of Plexiglas or Lexan with an adjustable bottom piece for focus. The magnifier/macro lens is cannibalized from a laser pointer. A lot of the parts came from the…

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